Getting to Know Printmaking Artist Anna Curtius

Anna Curtius is a multi-passionate creative based in Sweden. When not on adventures to Japan and surfing expeditions, this printmaking artist is a boss. Literally, her own boss. I recently spoke with Curtius and learned more about her background, her creative work, and her exciting plans for her new Stockholm studio.

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Katrina Slade
About the Katrina Slade Shop

I am doing a happy-dance in my seat because I have achieved a BIG goal this week. As you can see by the title of this post, I have launched my online shop where customers can get inspiring artwork that will cultivate a positive presence in the home. It sure feels great knowing that I can now share my artwork with people who might not otherwise have access to it. Which is why I am writing this post, to share a bit more about myself and the stories behind the shop.

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Katrina Slade
5 Things to Know About My Current Painting Series

“… It is an odd feeling for me to be in a place so familiar, and yet that is not my home. I say it’s familiar because the culture here is so similar to the culture where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. People here are kind, they go out of their way to be friendly, there is a historic feel to the town, and there are trees everywhere. “

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Katrina Slade
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

The times that I put on a brave face and charged ahead have shaped my life for the better. You see all those things on my list above? I wouldn’t have those things if I didn’t overcome fear. Heck yes it’s scary to move to a new country without knowing a soul! It’s scary to try and make a new friend, go on a first date, or even go to a new yoga class. But there is so much to gain from stretching yourself out of the comfort zone.

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Katrina Slade
Artist Collaboration Project

Collaboration is a buzzword these days, and for good reason. It’s rare to find true collaborators, but when you do, magic can happen. Each individual adds their own talent or flair to the mix, and the final outcome is greater than a solo effort. I am speaking from experience, having just wrapped up two successful years with my artist group, Dusseldorf International Artists. Our last exhibition, Reflections, was grounded in the concept of artistic collaboration.

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Why I Gave Up Tenure to Pursue My Dream

I am swapping all the benefits of being an international teacher for something much more valuable. I am gaining autonomy. I am gaining the time and space to pursue my passion, to work towards my full potential as an artist. I am giving myself permission to focus on my goals and aspirations. If it sounds drastic to you, then you’re right. It is a drastic decision!

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Love Thyself!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you! This cheesy and over-hyped holiday isn’t just a chance for you to express your love to those around you, but consider it a chance to give yourself some SELF LOVE. In this post, I will be discussing the importance of self love, weaving in some personal updates and also some tips for improving self love. If I had to summarize this whole post into one sentence, it would be this: Loving yourself is the most important thing you can do for yourself and those around you.

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Buying Art Improves Wellbeing

 The Arts have undoubtedly impacted your wellbeing at various points throughout your life. Think about your childhood joy at the simple act of coloring, or your angsty teenage obsession over certain music genres. Even as adults, we are naturally drawn to certain colors, songs, or films because of how they make us feel. We are attracted to things that bring us happiness.

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My, What a Busy Month!

For my 30th birthday, my guy and I took a little weekend trip to Ghent, Belgium. I thought it would be nice to do something special to commemorate the occasion, and I count myself lucky to be living in a place that allows me to do these types of trips. It was really gorgeous weather, gorgeous architecture, and scenery. We stayed in a lovely hotel right in the center of everything along the main canal.

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The Conspiring Universe and Turning 30

I love the image of a universe in some sort of character’s form, hunched over a boiling cauldron, or perhaps hiding away in a secret chamber scribbling away on a piece of parchment, cackling aloud about the wonderful plan it has come up with for me. I have heard this message about the universe conspiring to help in various forms, but this time it really hit me. It was such a pleasant realization, finding that whatever I want to accomplish in my life, the universe has my back.

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After the Vernissage

This is a big question I find myself pondering quite often: do we have the power to manifest our own destiny? The word destiny is a bit strong, but the general idea is intriguing. Can we cause our desires to become actualized with hard work and a belief in ourselves? Some may think these questions are naive, but I think they carry some merit. I believe you can manifest your own destiny, and it’s been my unofficial motto of the year.

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Return from the Art Retreat

Blissful. Refreshing. Tranquil? No matter how many times I try to formulate a description in my mind, I cannot find appropriate words to describe the lovely experience I had at La Muse retreat in the tiny French village of Labastide-Esparbairenque. As I reflect on it, I realize that my wonderful experience at La Muse could be due to a combination of good timing and an excellent location.

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Fresh Beginnings

I am starting to feel energized after a few weeks of creative slump. Even when I'm not actively making art, it is always in my head. I'm always thinking about how to try a new painting technique, which colors I should experiment with next, and what actions I can take to move me one step closer to my goal of working as a professional artist.

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