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Operation Rescue

We’ve all been there, having experienced the feelings of bewilderment, frustration or anger when a painting just isn’t working. Whether it’s a small or a large piece, a painting we’ve been working on for just a few hours or days upon days, it’s never a fun experience. It can be a beneficial one, however, if you embrace

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