7 Steps to Create a Huge Landscape Painting

7 Steps to Create a Huge Landscape Painting

In this demo, American Impressionist Romona Youngquist shares her 7 steps to create a huge landscape  painting. Romana is one of today’s premier landscape painters. Petite in stature, she is known for her oversized, atmospheric landscape paintings. But don’t let her size fool you, Romona believes the canvas is a ‘war zone’. She attacks the painting with her weapons of choice including sandpaper, brush ends, palette knives and rags. The canvas … [Read more...]

On The Go With STRADA Easel

Lori McNee demonstrating Oil Painters of America

When I'm traveling and on the go I need a painting easel that is sturdy, lightweight, functional, and dependable. That is why I love my STRADA Easel. I've tested most of the popular easels and pochade boxes that are on the market, but this year my trusty STRADA MINI Easel has been traveling with me from coast to coast. Here's why I have chosen STRADA Easel: Sturdy Whether you pick the full size or mini, STRADA Easels are well built and … [Read more...]

How to Dramatically Improve Your Art

How to Dramatically Improve Your Art

Blogging and social media have introduced me to many wonderful people, including professional artists and aspiring artists. How to Dramatically Improve Your Art is a guest post by my good Facebook friend, Dougie Hoppes. Dougie loves to paint, he is a student of his craft and has made remarkable artistic improvements within the 5 years we have been conversing. Below are his tips on how to improve your art! How To Dramatically Improve Your … [Read more...]

Scientifically Proven Tips for Managing Procrastination

Proven Tips for Managing Procrastination

Most likely if you are reading this post, you are procrastinating. In fact, I am avoiding important work this morning and have been procrastinating by writing this post! Quite often, it is what we need to do that we most feel like avoiding. Wikipedia defines procrastination as the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting … [Read more...]

How to Boost Creativity in Your Home Office or Studio

How to Boost Creativity in Your Home Office or Studio

photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_lim/1557978846 While you may not always be inspired, the designs, colors and decorations that surround you can help stimulate and boost your creativity. If you're an artist of any kind, your workspace should be comfortable—aesthetically pleasing, highly functional and business savvy. Also, privacy is important. Every artist, or writer needs a room of one's own, as Virginia Woolf famously … [Read more...]

Google Plus Hashtags Explained for Better Engagement

Google Plus Hashtags Explained for Better Engagement

The proper use of Google Plus hashtags will help boost engagement with your friends and following. Google Plus explains that a hashtag is a word or a phrase (without spaces) preceded by the # symbol. For example, Google Plus hashtags like #Art, #Painting, or #Artists will help people find and join conversations about those particular topics. Clicking on a hashtag will show related content. Artists and other creatives should check out Google Plus … [Read more...]

Palette Knife Painting Tips

palette knife painting tips

Painting with a palette knife is a challenging, but rewarding approach to paint application. When applied, the colors make an immediate impact due to their purity. However, the palette knife can be a difficult tool to master because the initial application of paint is so direct and striking. There is a purity of color that can be achieved when painting with a knife that is very different than with a brush. The “creaminess” of the paint really … [Read more...]

Why Corporate Art Collecting Is Big Business For Artists

Why Corporate Art Collecting Is Big Business For Artists

Photo credit : reynermedia Flicker For as long as anyone can remember, businesses have always invested money in corporate art. In the beginning, this was more of an aesthetic consideration than anything else. Large companies simply needed artwork to adorn the walls of their boardrooms and reception areas. This is something that has been traced back for hundreds of years with evidence that early banks during the Italian Renaissance were … [Read more...]

How This Artist Earned Nearly 100,000 Facebook Page Fans

How This Artist Earned Nearly 100,000 Facebook Page Fans

Incredibly, within a few months my talented friend Tony O'Connor will reach 100,000 Facebook page fans. Tony is an extraordinary artist and has the wit, charm, and humor to match his painting skills. But, his tips below will help anyone gain a loyal Facebook page following. Here's how to make your Facebook page, Tonylicious! 5 Tips on How To Have an Awesome Facebook Page That Promotes You, Your Art & Your Sales 1. … [Read more...]

Make Slideshow Videos For Instagram With PhotoGrid

Make Slideshow Videos For Instagram With PhotoGrid

Now it's easy to make quick slideshow videos for Instagram with PhotoGrid. For a while, I've been using the PhotoGrid app on my cell phone to make my photo collections into amazing collages for Instagram. But now with the addition of the video maker, I can quickly make a slideshow of my favorite images accompanied by music! I tested it out today. I even shared my slideshow to Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. I can't wait to make more fun … [Read more...]


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