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Creative Strength Training by Jane Dunnewold

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Focus, Alignment and Goals

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT BEING DISTINCTIVE?

What are we seeking as artists, if not ways to marry meaningful work to enjoyable work? Too often, we make pieces without personal significance and, unfortunately, not distinctive at all.

Being distinctive isn’t easy. One class rejected the word unique as a cliché, but go ahead, try it on for size by asking what is unique about your particular take on a subject or process.

The Musée d’Orsay in Paris exhibited a show of early Impressionist paintings: an identical street scene interpreted by a dozen artists, each of whom experimented with this new painting style, Impressionism. Painters who really got Impressionism painted wonderful paintings. The ones who sort of liked the idea ...

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