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Connect with your soul - go to an art museum Need inspiration?  Need to recharge your creative batteries?  Go to an art gallery or museum, or anywhere that inspires you with awe and beauty.
Direct download: SantaFlamingo-012.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT

Be happy, have fun, make art! Are you "stuck" as an artist?   Is your life too busy for art? 

Consider this quotation:

"When a disliked task needs to be done, any more enjoyable activity ranks a higher priority." 
--Dorothy Lehmkuhl & Dolores Cotter Lamping,
in "Organizing for the Creative Person"

Maybe it's time to make art more fun.  If that sounds preposterous, maybe you need to start by making time for fun... and then make time for art that is fun.

Podcast time: 3 min, 19 sec
Direct download: SantaFlamingo-011.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

Drinking straw paintings In this podcast, I'm trying to explain an art technique that--in lieu of illustrations--may need some trial-and-error experimentation.  Then again, that's the whole point.

You'll need three things:
- a drinking straw
- some watercolor paint mixed with water
- a sheet of drawing paper (anything that won't absorb the paint too quickly)

Here's what to do:

1. Put a blob of paint + water on the paper.
2. Position the drinking straw close to--but not touching--the paint.
3. Blow through the straw so that the paint is forced forward in a line.
4. Follow the paint as it progresses across the paper.
5. When you need another breath of air, position the straw so that the line will go in a new direction with the next breath.
6. Continue until that line runs out of paint.
7. Repeat with the original blob of paint until it runs out.
8. Put a new blob of paint, maybe in a new color, near the original blob.
9. Repeat until you decide that your drinking straw painting is done.

Here's another suggestion:

Paint a nice, thick line from the bottom edge of your paper to the middle (or so).  Put the blob of paint at the top of it.  Follow the instructions, above.  The thick line is the tree trunk and the individual, blown lines are the branches.  Add leaves, and it's a painting!

This is a great project to do with kids.  (It can also be hilarious fun at a party, if everyone's in a carefree mood.)
Direct download: SantaFlamingo-010.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 8:39am EDT

The importance of childlike art It is so important to make childlike art, at least now and then.

In this podcast, I recommend playing with big fat crayons or the simplest watercolor set. 

No matter what your art medium, it's vital to dismiss the inner critic or censor and make art just to make art.

Direct download: SantaFlamingo-009.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 1:07am EDT

It's okay to make ugly art In today's podcast, I talk about accepting that some of your art might look ugly to you.  Keep making art anyway.

Please note that I didn't say that some are will BE ugly... I said that it might LOOK ugly to you.

Don't judge the art as you're making it.  Don't even judge it when it's finished... not right away, anyhow.

Just make the art.  Really.  Just make the art.
Direct download: SantaFlamingo-008.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 7:40am EDT

Don't wait!  Create art today! Today's message is simple:  Don't postpone making art, because you have to buy the supplies or tidy an area in which to create art.

Work with what you have.

I've heard that Matisse, the famous painter, developed severe arthritis as he aged, and he could no longer hold a paintbrush.  So, he created art with kiddie scissors, cutting out big areas of construction paper. 

Gluing those areas of color in interesting patterns, he launched an entirely new period in his art.  Today, many people are more familiar with those works than his paintings.

If you don't have acrylic or oil paints, work with watercolors.  If that doesn't make you sing in the shower, try working with cut-up magazine pages... or even torn paper collage, as I created in some of my artists journals.

The point is:  Don't put off creating art.  Express yourself with something "artistic" today!
Direct download: SantaFlamingo-007.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 1:27am EDT

Paint first, don't draw! One of the worst things that an aspiring artist can do is attempt to draw before learning to paint.

Drawing requires eye-hand coordination, skill with line and the ability to get proportions right.

Painting only requires the ability to see colors and shapes, and put corresponding blobs of paint on a canvas or paper.

Start with painting!  That's today's message from Santa Flamingo, where every day is a great day.

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Direct download: SantaFlamingo-006.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 1:09am EDT

Underpainting with cadmium red and other colors Whenever you're using paint, an underpainting (another layer of paint that you'll cover with other color/s) can make a huge difference.

In this podcast, I talk about ways to use Cadmium red.  That's a vivid red with a tinge of orange in it.  I've used it successfully in my paintings and in my art shrines.

That's today's brief podcast from Santa Flamingo, where all the sunsets are vivid and the stars always sparkle at night.

Direct download: SantaFlamingo-005.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 1:35am EDT

The silent "e" in names, a dot of Chinese red, or some carnations in the corner of your office or living space... all of them can make a big difference.

That's the latest message from Santa Flamingo, where all the sunrises are colorful and all the conversations are interesting!

Visit our Santa Flamingo shop for digital art supplies.

Direct download: SantaFlamingo-004.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 1:29am EDT

Have you ever had a tune stuck in your head?  Often, the best solution is to find a copy of that tune, play it, sing along with it, and gradually erase it from your brain.

If you're having a grumpy day and you need to make art, maybe you should start with some good, grumpy art!  Express yourself and your deepest feelings in art, even if it's art that nobody will see.  Get those feelings out of your head!

Never try to "fake it" with art.  Art only works when it's authentic.  Instead, put your emotions into your art, and see if that helps you move beyond a case of the grumpies.

Links: - The very new hub of all of my work as Aisling D'Art
Direct download: SantaFlamingo-003.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

There are two ways not to shop... and not to make art. 

The first is when you're in a grumpy mood.  Don't make art when you're not feeling inspired at all.  Or, if you do, make deliberately grumpy art!

The other is when you have, in your mind's eye, a photographic image of the finished art.  When you work that way, the art is already completed.  Putting it on paper or canvas or whatever...?  That's just copying, and there's not much positive energy in copying. 

So, find the inspiration deep within you, and work from that.

Important note: This channel will now become Views from Santa Flamingo, and get back to whimsy, artist-to-artist chats, and all that good stuff.

The new URL is:
Direct download: SantaFlamingo-002.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 5:42pm EDT

This was re-recorded as I change the podcast name to Views from Santa Flamingo (previously Miles Away from Mundane).

In this new podcast series, I'm shifting emphasis to adding creativity to daily life.  This will include tips about making art, but also about the smaller, everyday things that we can to do live more inspired lives.

Today, I talk about the importance of seeing things, not just looking at them from an intellectual viewpoint. 

Homework:  Look at the sky tomorrow morning.  Really see the colors in the sky, the clouds and the landscape around you.  Every morning is unique... appreciate it!

Links from the previous version of this podcast:

Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing by Frederick Franck
43 Folders' Productivity podcast compilation with David Allen
43F Podcast of Inbox Zero talk at Google (under construction)
Direct download: SantaFlamingo-001.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT

If you read my blog, there's nothing new in this.  But, it's what's on my mind as I'm getting ready to launch the next step in my art career.  It's a stream-of-consciousness podcast, not especially edited for clarity.  What can I say..?  Listen at your own risk.

Related links:

Lesley Riley's art:
Jane Cather's dolls:
Nancy Halpern's quilts:

Update:  After trying some new podcast styles, I'm changing this podcast's name to Views from Santa Flamingo.  It's also becoming more frequent, less structured, and generally more zany.
Direct download: MilesAwayFromMundane-9Feb07.mp3
Category:art podcasts -- posted at: 3:53pm EDT