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Helpful Books for Artists And Photographers

Along with my painting, I love to write. So it is a pleasure to be writing books again this year for the Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market and the Photographer's Market 2013 editions published by North Light Books! These books are filled with valuable information. For 38 years, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market and the Photographer’s Market have been a top resource for artist’s, illustrators, designers, cartoonists and photographers looking to establish their artistic careers. Learn how to get [...]

Amazing Halloween Pumpkin Art Carvings

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 [...]

2013-10-30T09:01:15+00:00 October 31st, 2012|Fine Art Tips, General, Misc. Articles|1 Comment

Tracking Your Art Inventory and Contacts

As a working artist I know how hard it can be to keep good art inventory 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. I don't want to spend my time dealing with the mundane business side of things like art inventory - I just want to [...]

Does Your Job Make You Fat?

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 [...]

How to Take Better Landscape Photography

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 [...]

Things Successful Artists Do Differently

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. In this world, the value of hard work cannot be substituted. Effort is the life-force and core reason [...]

Art and the Empty Nest

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 [...]

How to Use Your Twitter Friends as Character References

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 started collecting 'screenshots' of flattering tweets that are relevant to [...]

The Gift of Freedom to Create

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 rights to create, and think freely [...]

My Biggest Fan

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 [...]

2012-06-23T09:57:28+00:00 June 17th, 2012|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation, Misc. Articles|Comments Off on My Biggest Fan