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Portrait Painting: Worth A Thousand Words

Although portrait painting is an established tradition, recently there has been a resurgence in its popularity. Art lovers from the UK, US, Australia and Canada want to make a statement about their family for posterity. Recently, I was interview by the BBC for an article about portrait painting.  The article, "A Painting Worth a Thousand Words" features my children's portrait that was painted 10 years ago by David Goatley. The life-size portrait of my children proudly [...]

December 1st, 2014|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Inspiration & Motivation|Comments Off on Portrait Painting: Worth A Thousand Words

Left Brain or Right Brain? Take The Quiz

Have you ever been accused of being overly analytical or do people say you're too dreamy? These traits can be attributed to left brain or right brain type thinking. At the end of this post, take the Alert Scale of Cognitive Style brain quiz to see if you are a left, right or middle brain thinker. Artists and other creative people tend to be right-brain thinkers. Nevertheless, most our school systems appeal to left brain strategies which are still [...]

October 6th, 2014|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|6 Comments

5 Inspirational Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Sometimes an inspirational quote from a friend or a thought leader can help brighten our day, lift our spirits, or reinforce our personal journey. I love collecting quotes and words or wisdom to share with my readers. Here are a few that jumped off the page at me today. Please feel free to share them with your creative friends. Do you have a favorite inspirational quote? I hope you enjoy these...   Let's also connect on my Fine Art [...]

September 29th, 2014|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|2 Comments

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 Art 20 hours a [...]

Scientifically 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 off impending [...]

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 advised. With a little effort, you can easily design an appealing work environment to bolster your creativity. [...]

Successful VS Unsuccessful Artists

The infographic above breaks down many of the traits between successful vs unsuccessful artists. Although sometimes there are circumstances beyond one's control, most barriers to success are self-generated and can be fixed. Artists are naturally born to manifest. We have a thought, imagine it and make it come true on paper, canvas or out of stone. So why do we have trouble manifesting our art business dreams? The great thing about having a successful art career as a [...]

Why It’s a Great Time in History to be a Creative Person

Last year Anthony Meindl, Hollywood's #1 acting coach wrote the inspiring guest post, "Where Does Art Come From?"  A multitalented, creative person, Anthony is also the author of the new book, "Alphabet Soup For Grown-Ups: 26 Ways Not To Worry." ...and he is my youngest son's acting coach! Recently, I was able to ask Tony two questions... What inspired you to write the book? I think we’re really experiencing this amazing Renaissance in understanding spirituality and creativity [...]

January 26th, 2014|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|2 Comments

The Link Between Exercise and Creativity

(photo: Håkan Dahlström) Artists and other creative thinkers might become more motivated by staying healthy and ‘getting fit’ after learning of the link between exercise and creativity. While researching 'creativity' I have read that physical exercise in healthy adults may enhance creative thinking. Artists, musicians, and writers have used bodily movement to help overcome mental blocks and to problem solve, including authors like Søren Kierkegaard, Henry James and Thomas Mann. Famed philosopher Henry David Thoreau was quoted saying, “The moment my [...]

December 29th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|5 Comments

What is Culture and Why Does it Matter?

Recently, my good friends Adam Leipzig and Tod Hardin of Cultural Weekly asked me to contribute my thoughts to their new series, Culture: So What?!? Each week, they will be asking thought-leaders from all walks of life to answer the question: What is Culture and Why Does it Matter? It was an honor to be their first guest. What a thought-provoking question! Here is what I had to say on this topic... Whether we are aware of [...]

November 25th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|12 Comments