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Exercise Your Right Brain & Improve Your Life with Art Lessons from Artyfactory.com [Video Tour Included]

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Check out my latest review & video tour of a great training freebie at my WORTH SHARING website!

My 12 Favorite Posts from 2011

Below is a list of my 12 favorite posts from 2011. These were either 1) fun to research & write, or 2) particularly useful discoveries that I was eager to share. Some of these were both! See what you think. I look forward to your Comments.

BONUS… (A shameless promotion for my other FREEBIES website…)

Free Drawing Lessons at Drawspace.com (3 years later…)

Topic: How to draw everything & anything
Format: Text descriptions, well-illustrated lessons with drawings, step-by-step instructions and more [free registration required]
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

Over 3 years ago I published my first review of this amazing website.  Recently I revisited it to see how it was doing. I’m pleased to announce the following signs of well-earned success & growth:

  • From a group of subscribers numbering about 90,000, they’ve now become “an international community of over 320,000 drawing enthusiasts, professional artists, art educators, and authors of art books.”
  • They’ve added over 100 more free lessons so that the collection now totals more than 250!

Except for these updates in statistics, the review below (from January 2008) is still mostly accurate. I stand by it and hereby republish it for all you aspiring artists. And I encourage you to visit and join this online drawing community. Enjoy!

— [Below originally published 1/2008] —

At Drawspace.com you will find more than 150 lessons that will take you from the very beginning drawing skills (including seven lessons related to the prerequisite skill of how to see) to the advanced methods of the masters. The site includes a Gallery (online space for sharing drawings) and Forums (discussion on drawing-related topics). Registration is required, but free. The site is created and maintained by Brenda Hoddinott, “a self-educated portraitist, visual artist, forensic artist, illustrator, art educator and author.” If you are interested in learning anything related to drawing, you must visit this site!

Drawspace.com

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Train Yourself for a Right Brain Workplace: Part 2, Tools & Training

Topic:  How to distinguish right brain activities from left brain activities; some ways to get practice (i.e., training) using your right brain
Format: Online articles & links to text, graphic, and video training materials
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

In Part 1 we examined why right brain perspectives and abilities are so important in today’s job market, what right brain consciousness really means, and how to begin to quiet your left brain so your right brain can work its magic. In this post, we’re going to examine some tools & training that will help you:

  • Distinguish right brain activities from left brain activities
  • Prepare to support your right brain’s inherent creativity
  • Get started exercising & training your right brain

Guidespot.com Blog Post: Right Brain versus Left Brain

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8 Great Stand-Alone Freebies

Here’s one final post celebrating the 1st anniversary of this blog. Last week, I published my Top 5 Favorite Sources of High-Quality Freebies. (5 publishers that are continually churning out great free training and education stuff.)

In this post, I’m going to focus on 8 of my favorite stand-alone training or education items. These are single-purpose resources that are lovingly crafted and maintained by experts who are simply sharing their expertise — no strings attached. And while these folks may not be continually publishing new or different content, what they have published is some of the best stuff you’ll see anywhere on that particular topic. So here… in no particular order… is my list of 8 Great Stand-Alone Freebies from the first year of The Best Free Training.

1. xyAlgebra and xySolver – Powerful, patient, persistent… and you can download it to your computer to use offline!

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Painting Beyond Fashion

Topic: Basic painting and drawing principles and techniques from the Renaissance to the present
Format: Printed text, lavishly illustrated with photos & diagrams, and suggested student activities
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

Everyone who views paintings or drawings could learn much from and find a lot of pleasure in this beautifully illustrated, carefully crafted, and thoughtfully explained series of art lessons by John Hagan. And if you want to become an artist, then this training is essential.

Painting Beyond Fashion

Looking through this beautiful series of lessons was truly a pleasure! In this course John Hagan will teach you how to see art (and the world!) more clearly, to imagine your desired artistic results in higher resolution, and to achieve these results using the tools of the artist’s trade. Continue reading

Drawing Lessons at Drawspace.com

Topic: How to draw everything & anything
Format: Text descriptions, well-illustrated lessons with drawings, step-by-step instructions and more [free registration required]
Reviewer/email: Mike G – greers_pm@yahoo.com

At Drawspace.com you will find more than 150 lessons that will take you from the very beginning drawing skills (including seven lessons related to the prerequisite skill of how to see) to the advanced methods of the masters. The site includes a Gallery (online space for sharing drawings) and Forums (discussion on drawing-related topics). Registration is required, but free. The site is created and maintained by Brenda Hoddinott, “a self-educated portraitist, visual artist, forensic artist, illustrator, art educator and author.” If you are interested in learning anything related to drawing, you must visit this site!

Drawspace.com

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