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"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 … [Read more...]

Stretched Canvas vs. Pre-Stretched Canvas

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 … [Read more...]

14 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills in 2014

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, not what we actually see. For example, … [Read more...]

The Link Between Exercise and Creativity

The Link Between Exercise and Creativity

(photo: Håkan Dahlström) At the beginning of each new year, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves. "Getting Fit" is at the top of most New Year’s resolutions lists. But, it sometimes becomes difficult to keep up the enthusiasm of an exercise regime. Nevertheless, artists and other creative thinkers might become more motivated by staying healthy and ‘getting fit’ after learning of the link between exercise and … [Read more...]

The Apps You Need to Take Your Blogging on the Go

The Apps You Need to Take Your Blogging on the Go

 Inspiration for blogging can often strike at any time.  While lying in bed, sitting on a bus or walking through a grocery store, an idea may suddenly come that has to be acted upon immediately. Since content is king with blogging, it takes more than just fancy premium WordPress templates to keep people coming back, it requires compelling topics. A person can try to write down the idea or the topic, but by the time they get to the computer, … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk Art!

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This month I am the featured artist in the New Wave Art Products newsletter, "Let's Talk Art". It is an honor to be featured along with with other professional artists from around the world. I thought you might enjoy learning a bit more about me... Let's Talk Art! is New Wave's interactive e-newsletter that provides interviews with professional artists from around the world.  In this edition we interviewed Idaho painter Lori McNee, artist … [Read more...]

Painting Project: Creating a Self-Portrait

Painting Project: Creating a Self-Portrait

For as long as humans have been making art they have also been creating self portraits. 30,000 years ago, prehistoric people decorated the Chauvet Cave in southern France and some of them sprayed pigment to make outlines of their hands in a very ancient form of self portrait. Ever since then, artists have been using their own image as a rich theme to develop their artistic skills and practice – Albrecht Dürer, Gustave Courbet, Egon Schiele, … [Read more...]

A Beginners Guide To Using Acrylic Paints

A Beginners Guide To Using Acrylic Paint

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 use it, so you’ll soon be an expert when it comes to … [Read more...]

What is Culture and Why Does it Matter?

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 it or not, … [Read more...]

The Best Art Festivals Across America

The Best Art Festivals Across America

Over the years, I've discovered some of the best art festivals in the world are right here in the good old United States. Ten years earlier, I remember being in the Bellagio and looking at the Ploughman. It was the glow that got me. Yes, it glows! It was my first Van Gogh, and standing there, staring into that brilliant, shimmering, priceless wheat field, I was hooked. Art books, prints and digital imagery would suffice no longer. I knew at that … [Read more...]


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