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Learn how to develop your artistic voice so you can start an art practice and gain the confidence to begin showing and selling your work.  

I'm JJ

Here you'll find tips about artist life. Below are places where you can find my art.

An artists studio with an easel & blank canvas for Open Studios

All About Open Studios & Art Tours For Artists

Open studios are a wonderful way for artists to get their work noticed. If you have an opportunity in your area to participate in one of these tours, think about signing up. It can be a game changer if you’re serious about furthering your art career. In fact, I just registered for my local tour […]

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If finding new ideas for your favorite artist or creative person is a daunting task, I’ve got you covered! This gift guide will give you the best gift ideas for creative people ever! Here are 24 creative gifts for the holiday or any time of year. No matter what kind of artist or creative soul […]

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25 Best Gift Ideas for Art Students & Your Favorite Young Artist

If you need gift ideas for art students or novice artists, you’ve come to the right place! This list was made by an artist who knows about creative and affordable gift ideas for art students (moi!). And I made it with your budget and an art student’s needs in mind. Sometimes it’s difficult to select […]

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sheets of colorful paper being stored on thin shelves in artist studio

Art storage is a must for any artist. First of all, there is just never enough room or places to store all of the supplies. Secondly, we artists need areas to safely store our work as we let it dry, cure, etc. And lastly, we need plenty of art storage for all of the creations […]

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artist gifts ideas under $12

12 Artist Gift Ideas Under $12

….12 artist gift set ideas for under $12

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20 artsy gifts under $20 for 2021 icon

….here is my list of must-have 20 gifts under $20 for 2021

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Welcome! I'm JJ, and I recently retired from the corporate world. It's time to enjoy the next life chapter in my cozy 849-square-foot home that I share with my pup, Jackson Pollock. 

On the blog, I offer tips on running an art business in addition to fun DIY projects and tasty plant-based recipes for 1-2. You'll also learn ways to repurpose items to decorate and organize your living space.

If you're looking for creative inspiration, you've come to the right place!