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Daily Archives: November 13, 2017

The Artist’s Way

“Art isn’t just a way for me to express my creativity,” says Antonia “Toni” Ruppert. “It’s a way to connect and engage with the community.” Toni fulfilled a lifelong dream this summer, when she was selected to complete a summer art residency in Italy. The JSS International School in Civita Castellana, Italy offered her an intense, serious environment to study, learn and paint among masters in the field. “I did nothing but paint for two weeks!” Toni said. “Two weeks of real growth as an artist.” In addition to living in the artists’ colony and immersing herself in Italian culture, she also visited Rome to soak in the country’s rich art history. She studied the work of Caravaggio, a master of the 17th century Baroque period, and an artist for whom she developed an affinity. Her father was also a major influence on her artistic perspective. “My…

Foolproof Cure for a (Writing) Hangover

You’ve been binge writing again, haven’t you? No point in denying it — it’s as clear as the nose on your pasty, unwashed face. You’ve been gushing hundreds, maybe thousands, of words at a time. You’re way over your limit, your tolerance isn’t what it used to be, and — is that what I think it is? Have you been mixing paranormal romantic fiction and urban fantasy again? Don’t start with the excuses. I’ve heard them all before. You got caught up in the madness of the creative moment. You were curious to see if it lived up to the hype — how it feels to write yourself into a cloudy haze. All the other writers were doing it! Now look at yourself. Nauseous, light-headed, wobbly. Unable to speak in complete sentences. Fuzzy gaps in your short-term memory. And … you’re embarrassingly proud…