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...]

Meet Me At Oil Painters Of America National Exhibition 2014

Meet Me At Oil Painters Of America National Exhibition 2014

This event was a great success. Stay tuned for my eBook that will be filled with even more info! Meet me at the 23rd Oil Painters of America Annual National Exhibition and Convention, being held in Bennington, Vermont, June 7 - July 27, 2014. I will be painting, and then speaking about, "Brand Building & Art Marketing Secrets Using Social Media and Blogging."  In April, I had a great time speaking and teaching at the 3rd Plein Air … [Read more...]

6 Great Art Blogs For Those Addicted To Learning

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 using my current … [Read more...]

How To Paint An Awesome Deer

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.. … [Read more...]

How a Young Artist Sold 400 Paintings in One Year

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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 industry. Back then, I was still living in … [Read more...]


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