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As an instructor, I see a bit of a different angle of the art making process.

Daily, I see many students going through the ups and down of art creation.

I am acutely aware when my students struggle often bringing the to the point of frustration..

They want to quit, they sigh and make grimacing faces.

Some need to step away, others are brought to tears and all over art.

I see and feel the ups and downs.

I hear sighs, see the lightbulb go off and find a lot of discards in the trash.

Our inner voices tell us…

This is awesome

This is tricky

This is sh*t

I am sh*t

This might be ok

This is awesome

….and again the cycle continues

I understand the personal challenges and how monumental they are in that moment.

I think most people think its going to be easy and they are all going to leave the classroom a master.

Artists seem to be a lot harder on themselves while in the pursuit of perfection than most do in the rest of their lives.

We all battle deep inner voices, fight with the material and techniques and try to cram into our memories new lesson information.

It may feel like its laughing in your face.This is supposed to be fun, keep smiling back.

Know that you are not alone, we all go through this.

You can’t hold onto any one moment, in this dance.

Whether you are the best artist in the world or the worst, the struggle continues.

C’est la vie.

In our artistic practice, the only constant is change because of this we are always having to move forward and grow.

Growing in our art skills and vision on the drawing pad, canvas as well as within.

The most important thing is to show up, stick with your practice and you will push through.

Trust the “artistic method” and trust yourself. You can do it!

At Atelier Artista, we believe the best thing you can do for your art is invest in your education!

Put in the time and practice and in the long term you will reach your goals.

New classes are listed online and starting up in 3 weeks. Register today, space is limited.

We also encourage you to drop in for figure drawing, we host three nights a week and have a brand new bulk buying option here:




We held a gold leafing and gilding workshop this past Friday which was a huge amount of fun.

We covered all sorts of practical information and the participants learned also and left with some shiny stuff.

If this looks good to you and you are interested, contact us and we will put your name on the waitlist for an upcoming Gold leaf and Gilding workshop. Email us:

Some snaps from the gold leafing workshop Friday March 22, 2019.

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