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Still Life Painting Techniques: 6 Tips to Create a Masterpiece

A still life painting is one of the first things you learn how to paint in art class. Learning the proper still life painting techniques will help you master the fundamentals of art, whether you decide to move on to other styles such as portrait art, landscapes, or even abstract.  Still lifes are paintings that …

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How much you’ll need to retire in these 10 South American countries

Depending on your lifestyle and location, you may need up to $600k to retire comfortably. However, only 14% of Americans in their 40s and 50s have more than half a million put away. During the COVID-19 pandemic, around 9% have withdrawn from their savings just to get by. Whether you’re on track to save what you need …

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6 Awesome Benefits of Living in a Small Town (and 4 Pitfalls)

“Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world”                Journey, Don’t Stop Believing Journey makes living in a small town seem like a bad thing. Everyone dreams of escaping their provincial life and embarking on an adventure in the big city. No one tells you that everyone has these dreams, no matter where …

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Watercolor Paper: Choosing the Right Materials for Your Best Work

As you explore your artistic style, there are thousands of little decisions that you need to make. If you make the decision to experiment with watercolors, an important consideration is what type of watercolor paper to use. It’s not as simple as with oil painting, where you can just grab a canvas, sketch a design, …

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