Blog 2017-01-13T17:42:35+00:00

Dryangle: Handy Plein Air Painting Drying Rack

Each time I travel to plein air painting events, I find it difficult to safely dry my wet paintings, until now! Here's the interesting story of how one clever artist created a handy, beautifully designed [...]

Studio Tour Nominated for Nonprofit Excellence

Throughout the country, communities of creative people often host self-guided tours of the studios and work spaces of visual artists. I am proud to announce that my hometown, Wood River Valley Studio Tour of Sun [...]

How To Create Mood in Landscape Painting

Like playing high or low notes on a piano, artists can 'key' their colors to create drama and mood in landscape painting. We do this by understanding and using value. For instance, high key colors in [...]

Former Navy SEAL Launches Art Business

Assimilating back into civilian society is a challenge for any returning heroic Veteran. "Evan," a former Navy SEAL Team Leader started making street art style Abrasive Art as way to express his graphic memories of war and [...]

12 Reasons Why It’s Time to Get Visual

As I mentioned in the thought provoking post, The Rise of Visual Content and the Fall of Attention Spans, visual content is now the preferred form of social media content. Science proves that in terms [...]

Using Temperature, Tone and Value in Painting

Understanding the proper use of temperature, tone and value in painting will help with the success of your art. These principles can be applied whether you are plein air painting in the field, or working [...]

The Psychology of Color For Artists

Color affects people in countless ways. Understanding how to effectively use the psychology of color will help us create more meaningful paintings, eye catching business cards, productive studios, soothing gallery walls, and successful websites. Studies [...]

Powerful Social Media Secrets For Small Businesses

Now more than any other time in history, it is easy for artists and other small business owners to gain online exposure and stand out from the crowd. However, many small businesses are still perplexed [...]

The Amazing History of Plein Air Painting

The history of plein air painting is explained in the following beautiful documentary, "Outside The Lines." Produced by the publishers of PleinAir Magazine, "Outside The Lines" was created to further the mission of the Plein [...]

How to Choose The Best Blogging Platform

Starting a blog can be scary, and deciding how to choose the best blogging platform is confusing. The internet seems like a complex world of servers, coding, and web design, and with so much information online, [...]

10 LinkedIn Networking Rules for Artists

LinkedIn networking affords professionals, especially artists, to reach, meet and network with other art professionals who in the past, they would never have never known. Artists can use LinkedIn to meet gallery owners, corporate art [...]

How to Price Artwork for Consistent Sales Success

Deciding how to price artwork is probably the most difficult decision artists have to make. Yet, finding the optimal price has a triple benefit: it provides the artist with reasonable compensation for the creative work, [...]

The Magical Bond Between Fashion and Art

One of the most fascinating relationships of our civilization is the magical bond between fashion and art. Possibly the greatest example of this bond is between the artist Piet Mondrian and designer Yves Saint Laurent . Best [...]

Selling Art with a Personal Touch

A close friend of mine loves all types of art. She works as a museum docent, and owns quite a few landscapes from a local plein air painter she admires. We talked about buying and [...]

3 Tips From Instagram Influencer Tony Bennett

Everybody asks me, "How did you get so many followers on Instagram?" Since my real name is Tony Bennett, it's the second most frequently asked question I receive right behind, "Do you sing?" No, I don't sing, [...]

Winning Tips to Plein Air Painting the Live Model Outdoors

Plein air painting with a human subject that tells a story can be a challenge, especially outdoors. Yet my friend, Scott Tallman Powers makes the process look so easy! Scott's process includes plein air painting, photography, compositional studies [...]

Why You Should Share Your Art

Suddenly you have an idea and an overwhelming feeling of creative genius, but then you realize how vulnerable you will be if you share your art with other people. What if they don’t like it? [...]

Copyright Law, The Internet & You

The Internet is rapidly changing the way in which we view, and share written, and visual content. Copyright law has become more complex as artists, bloggers, and writers instantly share their photos, videos, ebooks, and [...]

Easy Steps to Capturing Light in Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a popular choice for artists of all levels because it is fast drying, water-soluble, and easy to clean up. However, some artists find landscape painting with acrylic paints a bit of a [...]

The Gift of Art

This holiday season, I am reflecting on the importance of art, our freedom to create, and the gift of art in our lives. Art is a means of communicating ideas, feelings, and solutions in a creative [...]