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was about interviews, right? I interviewed myself, sort of, and I interviewed a seamstress and a group of women who inspire me.

During our back and forth emails when we were redesigning my blog, Mandi wrote how she has enjoyed seeing my blog grow over the last year. I told her that I wouldn’t have made it as far as I have without her – she was a constant inspiration over the past twelve or so months. It was early in Cezanne’s career that he he met Pissarro and the relationship that formed was that of a master and a disciple. Cezanne copied Pissarro not because he wanted to be Pissarro but because he had to practice the techniques of his master before he could develop his own skill, technique, and style. Mandi and Pissarro to me – she is the master I look up to.

Mandi’s the main master I look up to but there are others too. Amparo is one of them and so is Atelier 307. Others include Amy, Bri, Megan are just to name a few.

So cheers and thanks to all the masters out there. You’re helping other artists create, carve, paint, or sew their own masterpiece.

Are there any masters in your life that you look up to (and maybe borderline copy at times)?


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    Bekuh Browning

    Such a cool way to step into the weekend. You masters are all amazingly talented people, and so inspiring.

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    Have a great weekend! I’ve enjoyed the interviews this week. I especially loved Amparo’s tip to handle fabrics softly. That is something I need to think about being a newbie seamstress. See ya next week! 🙂

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    Like you, I look up to many different masters, each one for a particular reason/talent of theirs. One is Drew Struzan, for his amazing art. I’m positive you must have seen some of his work at some point even if you don’t recognize his name right away. There’s a dvd in which he shows how he creates a whole painting from beginning to end. His whole process and techniques are brilliant and so inspiring!

    My list of people is huge. I could go on and on about this all day, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

    Happy weekend!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      No, I haven’t heard of Drew Struzan but the DVD you mentioned would be right up my alley. I love seeing rare glimpse’s into the lives of artists.

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        It’s certainly a favorite of mine. He gives you an inside look into his WHOLE process. You are basically inside his studio. It’s called “Conceiving & Creating the Hellboy Movie Poster Art”. Don’t be put off by the name if comic book movies are not your thing. It’s a gem and I think you’ll really enjoy it.

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    So glad to have found your blog! It’s just beautiful!

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