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Welcome, Sunday readers. As you know, I’ve been preparing new art for the Arts off 84 art crawl coming up over Labor Day weekend. Well, I’m mostly ahead of schedule for once. I still have three paintings in process, four sketches that I might work up, and some larger pieces out in the shop drying. Oh, and there are plenty of older pieces to choose from as well. Yes! Fist pump.


Art - 2017 MEFuller 20170813_171111

Enjoy your week.

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Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, come out to see me at Arts off 84, site #4. https://www.artsoff84.com/find-us/ Here’s a sample of what I’ve been working on.

Woman with Chicken, 2017 M E Fuller

Woman with Chicken, 2017 M E Fuller


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Happy to see you back this week!

I hope you have your support group in place, because now we’re going to take a look at online learning, which can overwhelm the inspired student. You’ll need somebody in your life to encourage you to take a break!


Last week we claimed our support group.  Did you find a local artist/writer group to join? Did you explore author or artist blogs? Do you have a favorite or two? Have you researched workshops in your budget and locale? Did you join our Greyhairs Rising Facebook group? Keeping your support group alive and growing is critical to your success. We all need feedback and we need encouragement.

Online learning. So many options. Not enough time.

If you’re anything like me, once you start online research, you become overwhelmed with all the information and you can easily lose track of what’s important to your current work or level.

How can you decide what to keep for now and save for later?

  1. Focus – what is the focus of your current work? What do you hope to accomplish? What’s your goal?
  2. Theme – what is the theme of your current work?
  3. Struggle – what are you struggling with in your current work? Stick to topics that can help you find your way through to success.
  4. Time – limit the amount of time you will spend on the research each day. Make sure you allow for creative time and exercise.
  5. Bookmark – keep a log of sites you want to revisit or save for later. You can use a notebook, Word document or spreadsheet for this.

Online resources for you to explore.


  1. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/resourcesforwriters
  2. https://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-writers-2016/
  3. https://geediting.com/blog/the-120-most-helpful-websites-for-writers-in-2016/
  4. http://www.writersdigest.com/writersresources
  5. http://www.dailywritingtips.com/7-great-online-research-resources-for-writers/


  1. http://www.art.net/links/artref/resources.html
  2. http://thevirtualinstructor.com/blog/8-painting-websites-and-resources
  3. http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2015/07/20/fine-arts-programs-slowly-move-online
  4. http://www.jerrysartarama.com/free-art-instruction-videos
  5. http://www.artistsnetwork.com/free

And thousands more. Explore. Bookmark. Use.

Spend the week searching through these resources and see where they lead.

Prompt: Produce one piece from each resource and share your work with us.

Next week’s topic: Grants.   

See you back here next Sunday night!

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Happy New Year! Here’s to the most creative year of your life!

Last week we talked about how to accept your creative self and creative work. This week we’re going to talk about rejection.


Take a look at your notes from the week. What were your feelings about self-acceptance and the acceptance of others? By the end of the week, did you feel that you could face critique with a clear understanding of yourself as an artist? Sometimes this is tough so keep working at it. A friend once said to me that not everything is precious. I’m not sure that I agree on the surface, but I know what she meant.

Sometimes the process is more important than the result. Life happens over time, along with the development of skill and artistic touch.

I hope you’re keeping a notebook or pad of your work with the exercises. They will help you in times where you feel you are creatively blocked or stuck. The strongest force working against you as a creative spirit can be rejection = self-doubt.


Imagine you have endured the expense and trouble of showing your work for the very first time at a juried art show – WOW! You got in! – but by day’s end, nothing has sold. Barely anyone has spoken to you. You don’t feel like an artist, you feel like a hack hawking on a street corner.

You look around at the other art for sale. You think, “Mine is better than that.” Or you may think “that guy is really good!” and feel a flash of inspiration. Then you stand back and take a look around, take a long view. Who has sold anything? How much? How many other artists are there? Good grief, what was I thinking?

Plate of Eggs, M E Fuller 2016

Plate of Eggs, M E Fuller 2016

And the self-rejection – not reflection – begins. Self-rejection could bring the death of your art. Self-reflection can inspire you to do more, better, sustain, continue.

Let’s say you’re a writer, like me, working on your first novel. You’ve had a taste of rejection. None of your short story contest submissions have been accepted. Even the novel work-in-progress competitions have turned you down.

Dear m e fuller: 

Thank you for sending your work to Narrative. We are always grateful for the opportunity to review new work, and we have given “Saving the Ghost” close attention and careful consideration. We regret, however, that “Saving the Ghost” does not meet our needs at this time. We hope that you will keep us in mind in the future. 

The Editors 

Do you continue? Do you quit? I think of my work in this way:

  1. I know I’m not a master
  2. I know I cannot compete on a master level with other masters
  3. I know I have a unique point of view
  4. I know I have a talent – raw as it may be
  5. I know I want to write
  6. I know I write whether I want to or not
  7. I know I’m a writer
  8. I know I can learn from critiques and edits from others
  9. I want to share my stories. I want to learn to write so well that others will read my stories.
  10. I accept that my work may never rise to the mass market
  11. I’m okay with all of the above.

Here’s what that can look like, brought to you by litrejections.com. Can you continue, knowing that this might be how your work is received?


Rejection vs self-reflection.

There comes a point at which you must decide if you can survive criticism and/or disinterest by others. For those who write novels – not by formula, but from the heart and soul – you know it takes an unreal amount of time, commitment and struggle to complete the first draft alone, which is nothing but a jumping off place for the real work. It takes a reader a handful of hours to take in all that you’ve offered, and then it’s done. So you want lots of readers, right?

In our current social climate of constant electronic distraction, you may never achieve that kind of attention for your work. Only self-reflection can fuel you forward – the inner knowledge that this work is what you are uniquely qualified to do. There is no one else who can tell your story.

There is no one else who can create what you create. That has to be enough. All the rest is bonus – as my husband would say, fishing is great. Catching is a bonus.

For your exercise this week, I ask that you write down every single doubt and bad feeling and experience of rejection that you have, as it happens. Follow that with last week’s notes on acceptance. Whatever you create this week, measure it against your notes on acceptance. Good wishes and good creating! Next week we’ll talk about valuing your creative work.

Next week’s topic: Value.  See you back here next Sunday night!

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Sketchorama was supposed to open on November 18 but we had that, you remember, 10 inches of snow. The power went out in the gallery building so no show. It just couldn’t go on. Happily, the show opened last night. We arrived early and had some quiet time to sit and study the sketchbooks. There were 51 participating artists from around the world.

The New Bohemian Gallery, opening of Sketchorama

The New Bohemian Gallery, opening of Sketchorama

The organizer, Martin (Marty), should be proud of himself. The show is such fun and illustrates a wide range of talent and styles. I’ll bring you a longer, well thought out post full of fun facts about the exhibit and participants after I get photos.

Note to self: Don’t take cell phone pics in low light. Useless enterprise.


Sketchorama runs through January 14, 2017.

1001 Kingwood St, Gallery 226

Brainerd, Minnesota

Hours | Tuesday – Saturday | 12:30pm – 5:00pm or by appointment.



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A week ago I attended Art-A-Whirl, sponsored by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEEMA). I completed a tour of the Northrup King building of artist studios and lofts. I started the tour last fall with NEEMA’s art crawl. One building down, how many are left to tour? Check out the map and start counting: https://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl/art-a-whirl-map

My top two artists were Tracy Frizzell and Eddie Hamilton. Eddie doesn’t seem to have a website, although you can find him on Facebook and listen to an interview (link below), which brings me to, what a great way to promote yourself in a video.

But first, I’d like to say a little about the artists. There were so many great artists at Art-A-Whirl. I couldn’t possibly speak about them all, although I might on a rainy Sunday, pull out all the cards I collected and share them with you. For now, Tracy and Eddie are highlighted because they are not only talented artists, but their work is FUN.

Tracy can lean toward the more traditional side, but she has a series of trains that are so whimsical and colorful, there isn’t a train buff or child who wouldn’t love to have the work displayed in their favorite room. Some artists get cranky when they have to put themselves on display to promote their work.  Tracy was nice, warm and enthusiastic which made her work that much more appealing.

Tracy Frizzell art

Tracy Frizzell art

And then there was Eddie Hamilton. I felt so happy being in his space with his endless supply of canvases in every size. See his work and listen to him share his process (video link below). You’ll enjoy every minute.

Eddie Hamilton art

Eddie Hamilton art

I love community and so does Eddie so I love Eddie’s work. Enjoy!!!

Watch Eddie’s video  and use his example to think about how you would share your process with others. I know I’ve got my thinking beanie on to muse about this. I think every artist website ought to have one – a fun one!


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