interesting art related articles by guest writers

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 considered to be patrons of the arts with substantial art [...]

May 19th, 2014|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles|Comments Off on Why Corporate Art Collecting Is Big Business For Artists

6 Great Art Blogs For Those Addicted To Learning

I’m addicted to learning. I grew up in a household where education is extremely important and success was achieved by studying and working hard at whatever you desire. This mentality has stuck with me all of my life. So, in my journey to become a good artist, I have to find resources, and art blogs for learning. So, what do I look for in a art blog? Several things: Excellent artwork. Interesting ideas that I can adapt with [...]

How To Paint An Awesome Deer

With over 80,000 likes on his Facebook page, my friend Tony O'Connor is a social media rockstar artist! A very talented painter specializing in equine art, Tony captivates his following with beautiful art and tutorials like, How To Paint An Awesome Deer (it looks like and elk, but it's a red deer). I hope you enjoy his 'how to paint' tutorial below. Step 1 Loosely sketch out the deer... and when I say loosely, I mean not loosely at all.. [...]

How a Young Artist Sold 400 Paintings in One Year

They all said I was crazy. My family begged me not to do it. My friends laughed and said I wouldn't last a month. Luckily, I didn't listen to any of them and chased my dream of being a successful full-time artist. Here's my story of how I sold 400 paintings in one year... After graduating from art school with a degree in illustration, I was at a standstill and didn't know how to dive into the art [...]

Drawing Lines Using the Indentation Method

As an artist, I am always learning with each new piece I create. Recently I learned of a new technique for drawing light lines (in this case, for whiskers) against a dark background that I would love to share. A common challenge I face in pencil drawing as opposed to acrylic painting is getting crisp, white lines (such as hair or whiskers) over a dark background. While in painting this can be achieved by using light paint [...]

3 Reasons Why Triptych Art Is Successful

Adriaen Isenbrandt (circa 1485–1551) Triptych art is made up of three panels that are intended to be displayed together. A triptych is from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχον meaning "three-fold". The first triptychs were from early Christian art, which were a popular format for altar paintings from the Middle Ages onwards. Today triptych art is still defined as a work of art, usually panel paintings, digital art or photography divided into three sections. When the triptych art form is applied to photography or fine [...]

Let Me Introduce You To My Friend Marketing

"Marketing" is an intimidating word for many visual artists. Marketing probably finishes in a close 2nd behind "selling" as one of the least favored pastimes for any painter, sculpter, or potter. In all honesty, "anything" that draws creatives away from their artistic process is often viewed as utterly contemptible. Am I exaggerating? Perhaps, but perhaps not... There are other artists who view marketing and selling as necessary evils in today's economy.  Although they don't like this aspect of [...]

January 21st, 2014|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles|Comments Off on Let Me Introduce You To My Friend Marketing

Stretched Canvas vs. Pre-Stretched Canvas

Whether artists want a stretched canvas or a mounted canvas, both have advantages and disadvantages between purchasing the readymade or making your own. (The following tips also apply toward linen). Stretching your own Canvas versus Pre-Stretched Canvas First we will discuss the things you should think through when evaluating the possibility of stretching your own canvas as opposed to buying pre-stretched. ·       Space If you want to stretch your own by yourself then you need to find some [...]

14 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills in 2014

A New Year means new drawings, so to help you make 2014 your most creative year yet, I have rounded up 14 of my favorite drawing tips and techniques to kick-start your artwork and help you to achieve stunning results. Pens and pencils at the ready… Draw upside down Nope, I haven’t lost my mind – drawing upside down helps you to ‘unlearn’ the bad habit most of us have of drawing what we think we see, [...]

A Beginners Guide To Using Acrylic Paints

Acrylic paints are some of the most versatile paints in the world, as they can be used straight from the tubes they come in, or you can thin them with water to create a lighter, more watercolor option. However, no matter how easy they are to use, if you’re a beginner you’re apt to have no idea how to use them. The good thing about acrylic paints is that they are incredibly easy to learn how to [...]