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Posts by Annie Salness


I believe we are all creative. And every few months, I interview someone I’ve met who is living life with really special creativity. This month, I spoke with my cousin Amy, a photographer and artist who lives and works in beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. See more of Amy’s work at http://var/web/site/ . Tell…

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Texture in Photography and Painting

One thing I’ve learned from my cousin, Amy Melious, is that there is texture (the look or feel of a surface) in even the more common things. For instance, the last time she visited me, I had these ugly cookie sheets “hidden” in my oven. She found them and decided that they were full of…

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I was inspired by Alison Knox’s line: “I love hanging out at a coffee shop or cafe and simply paying close attention to how individuals have put their outfit together, use of color, texture, shape and silhouette can be such a creative catalyst for me.” I think we all people-watch from our own perspective and…

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Coffee, With Her

As I set out to make a painting to go with this new blog, Everyone Is Creative,  I thought of the Bennetts, a husband and wife team, making a bold move, roasting coffee and making jams, together, starting a business… What could I paint? I searched the internet for anything that could spark an idea.…

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Still Life Painting with Persimmon

Last January, a student in one of my painting classes brought in these lovely persimmons for us to paint, so I arranged them so that my students could do some still life paintings. Aren’t they beautiful? I love that rich, amber yellow color.   Persimmons ready for still life painting. Finally, almost a year later, …

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December FLAVORS: Texas Caesar Dip

still life painting

For my 2018 calendar, I invited art friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration in my studio. This month I’m featuring the story and recipe for Texas Caesar Dip, submitted by artist Mona Jones…

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Artist’s Play Date: Collage

I’ve been talking for a while about how much I wanted to have an Artist’s Play Date. So some artist friends and I decided to do it. My friend, Carol, was the leader for our “play” time, and she thought collage would be a good assignment for us painters because it’s totally different from what we…

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Huckabee, the Bernese Mountain Dog

Just wrapped up another pet portrait commission–how lucky am I? I am absolutely loving having the chance to get to know these wonderful animals. I took a picture of beautiful Huckabee at Farmers Market this summer. His beautiful coloring and luxurious fur caught my eye right away. These big beauties were originally working dogs on farms–and even pulled…

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