Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Art Carvings

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Today is Halloween, so I was surfing the web in search of a 'spooky' image to post on my Facebook page when I came upon this really amazing pumpkin art by Ray Villafane Studios. I was so impressed with the skill of the artists, I decided to share their art with you. At first I thought these Halloween pumpkins were digitally altered, but they are not! These are “Ray Villafane Pumpkins".  Villafane and his team have worked together to carve for … [Read more...]

Tracking Your Art Inventory and Contacts

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As a working artist I know how hard it can be to keep good art records. Keeping track of my art inventory, clients, gallery contacts, competitions and other aspects of my art career can be overwhelming. At times, my desk has been like a chaotic mess of notes, spreadsheets, database software, and business cards! Yikes, I don't want to spend my time dealing with the mundane business side of things - I just want to create! I talk and work … [Read more...]

Does Your Job Make You Fat?

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Does your job make you fat? In the 1960's nearly half of all jobs required physical activity. Today, less than 20 percent of our jobs keep us moving, and two-thirds of Americans sit and work at computers. Do you sit or stand when you paint, craft or create? After reading these stats below, I bet you will feel like getting out of your chair and on your feet! To help you with ideas for some 'workplace exercise' you might enjoying reading, "The … [Read more...]

How to Take Better Landscape Photography

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Do you often take reference photography of a scene for later use in the studio? Does it sometimes lack the detail you would like to have either because the shadows are too dark, or the sky is a blaze of white? Recently, Lori referred us to a helpful article by Texas artist Rusty Jones entitled, "How to Use Good Reference Photos for Landscape Painting". Rusty explains the importance of using photography in addition to using site sketches, and … [Read more...]

Things Successful Artists Do Differently

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Two words, success and successful, have sparked heated conversations between artists on this blog. I've learned that the definition of a 'successful artist' is subjective, and tends to vary from person to person. Nevertheless, there truly are things that most successful artists do differently. Things Successful Artists Do Differently Follow Their Effort: Successful artists know their strengths, and that's where they focus their efforts. … [Read more...]

Art and the Empty Nest

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This week, I’m back to an empty nest. My daughter just returned to college after spending a fun summer at home with me. As a creative momprenuer and mother of three young adults, this is a bittersweet ritual I know quite well. Yet, I still experience recurring pangs of sadness when my kids come home, and then leave again. Over the past five years my life has changed. After devoting 23 years of my life to marriage and motherhood, I found myself … [Read more...]

How to Use Your Twitter Friends as Character References

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Since I began using Twitter in 2009, I have made life changing friendships via social media. Many of these 'friends' have become professional colleagues, and personal friends. Recently, I have discovered a great way to use tweets as 'character references' for my resume. Twitter is the perfect place to gather character references from friends who tweet strong positive statements about you, and your expertise. Over the past few months, I have … [Read more...]

The Gift of Freedom to Create

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Today is Independence Day, and although the USA isn’t perfect, I am grateful to be an American. It is easy to take our liberty for granted, such as our freedom to create as artists, writers and musicians.  Recently, my daughter spent a college semester studying art and literature abroad in the beautiful Czech Republic. She was stunned to learn about the terrible repression that country had to endure throughout history. Even the people’s … [Read more...]

My Biggest Fan

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Still to this day, my dad is my biggest fan. Over the years, both my mom and dad have encouraged the artistic spirit to grow within me. But, when others tired of my many daily questions, dad was always there to patiently answer and guide my interests. Dad encouraged my love of nature, birds and animals. He taught me how to see the beauty in a humdrum day - to see the magic in the commonplace. He taught me not to pass negligently by the things … [Read more...]

Blogging & Social Media: Does it Steal an Artist’s Mystery?

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On Twitter I shared a popular post, Should Artists Have Their Own Blogs? According to Topsy.com, this topic sparked 108 shares on Twitter, however this interesting tweet caught my eye. I retweeted and commented to his response, and then I decided to ask my loyal Facebook friends on my Fine Art Tips fan page for their thoughts. I asked, "What do you think? Do you think blogging steals the mystery of an artist? If so, how do we promote … [Read more...]


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