Finding myself: 3 reasons why we can all learn to draw

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I just took a drawing workshop that changed my life. Oh sure, I’ve sketched before. But sitting very, very quietly with pencil and paper was a new level of intimacy with myself and the world. If you’ve ever fantasized about being more art-y, read on, because we are all capable of drawing — and accessing the confidence and creativity it …

Learning to see: Drawing hands & feet

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If you’re looking at someone’s drawing or painting of the human figure, always check out the hands and feet. They’re a dead giveaway of an artist’s training. A lot of us are totally uncomfortable with these complicated appendages — which is why I’m so lucky to be taking a workshop this week that is teaching me to see emotionally on …

Art trend: Collage, from Picasso to Facebook, Twitter & more

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I just saw an exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art that explains how we’re each curators of our own lives on social media. But first, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page….raise your hand if today’s insane, fast-paced culture spams you with too much information, makes too many demands and leaves you overwhelmed. Oh, I see nearly …

Five ways to build my brand as the journalARTist™

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Was that really me the other night? Me, lugging a big drawing pad to a packed lecture hall at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism! I was there for an advanced, sold-out social media training workshop — but not as the typical attendee. With my graphite pencils and pastels arranged on a side table, my mission was to make the …

Check out my latest abstract paintings :)

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For me, nothing beats the wordless joy of globbing paint onto canvas. It’s all about the trance of letting go. Stop thinking. Do it. Overthinking kills spontaneity. Overthinking makes me miserable. Overthinking obstructs the truth. Overthinking is a bad habit ingrained by my control freak Chinese immigrant parents. Haha, you knew I’d work in that last point somehow. But seriously, …