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...]

Empowering Quotes About Life & Art

Empowering Quotes on Art & Life

“The sky is a canvas, so paint your own life.” ~ Jada Berglund "This world is but a canvas to our imagination." ~ Henry David Thoreau "Art is a personal act of courage. Something one human does that creates change in another" ~ Seth Godin Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture. ~ Kak Sri "Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their … [Read more...]

10 Tips To Creating Large Canvas Paintings

10 Tips To Creating Large Canvas Paintings

One of the biggest rewards of blogging is that it has introduced me to many fellow artists from around the world. I often receive requests for help and advice from talented artists from other countries where it is very challenging, if not impossible, to be an artist. Large canvas painter, Tamara Vogrin is one such example. Tamara is a self-taught artist and a Bachelor of Textile Engineer from Slovenia, Europe. Like many aspiring artists, … [Read more...]

The Importance Of Using Neutrals In Art

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Neutrals are any set of tones created when mixing two complementary colors and any amount of white. In the beginning, I failed to realize the connection between using both neutrals and saturated colors in my paintings, and ultimately my work suffered. But, when I started thinking in terms of neutrality and saturation my work dramatically began to improve. Over time I became more sensitive to subtleties and shifts in color temperature. In the … [Read more...]

Six Creative Drawing Exercises

Six Creative Drawing Exercises

Drawing is one of the central elements of visual arts, along playing a crucial role in a multitude of other creative and technical fields, and is one that improves with practice and helps develop other types of visual communication. (Betty Edwards is a pioneer in this area, and inspired this post with her book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Check out her site.) Artist and master draughtsman David Hockney has stated that: Being … [Read more...]

How To Transfer A Charcoal Drawing In Encaustic

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Lately, I have been busy painting a bird series in encaustic wax.  Along the way I have been posting examples of my work in progress on Facebook. Quit a few of my followers have asked me how to make a charcoal transfer onto the encaustic wax. It is very simple... Here's what you will need: A photograph or drawing of the subject you wish to transfer. A 'primed' encaustic board. The board must be primed with a layer of wax medium … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Social Media can Help Boost Your SEO and Increase Traffic

5 Reasons Why Social Media can Help Boost Your SEO and Increase Traffic

Social media has been being used by successful people since it first came out. The thought of having so many people using these sites can be intimidating, but really social media can make your website thrive. Even if you only attract a very tiny fraction of the people within social media sites, your site will be successful. So to help you realize why you should be getting yourself into social media as soon as possible, here are 5 … [Read more...]

Handy Artist Palettes by New Wave

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My friends at New Wave Fine Art Products, makers of handcrafted artist palettes, have sent me new products to review. Two different shapes of the Grey Pad disposable palettes, and the handy Easy Lift peelable palette. Last year, I tested out the New Wave Highland plein air, and Grand View Confidant studio palettes. I am still so impressed with these beautiful, functional palettes and I use them all the time. You can read my review here > … [Read more...]

Branding Tips For Artists with @LoriMcNeeArtist and @LoriMoreno

Brand Building Tips For Artists with @LoriMcNeeArtist and @LoriMoreno

Recently, I had a great time tweeting the Emmys in Studio City at CBS in the OMG Insider studio. After our 'tweetup' Lori Moreno, aka @LoriMoreno on Twitter,  interviewed me for her blog. She asked me to share some of my branding tips for artists. As many of you know, I love Twitter and social media in general. Over the past 5 years, social media has enhanced my art career and literally changed my life. In fact, that's why I was asked to tweet … [Read more...]

How To Take Photos Of Your Artwork Like A Pro

How To Take Photos Of Your Artwork Like A Pro

Once you have finished your artwork, the next logical step is to create a digital copy that you can store in your computer. This is done so you can share your work online with other artists for comments or print it out to be included in your portfolio. One way of creating a digital copy of your artwork is to take a picture of it using a camera. However, if you want the best copy to be uploaded to your computer, there’s more to taking a picture … [Read more...]


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