7 Steps to Create a Huge Landscape Painting

In this demo, American Impressionist Romona Youngquist shares her 7 steps to create a huge landscape  painting. Romana is one of today’s premier landscape painters. Petite in stature, she is known for her oversized, atmospheric landscape paintings. But don’t let her size fool you, Romona believes the canvas is a ‘war zone’. She attacks the painting with her weapons of choice including sandpaper, brush ends, palette knives and rags. The canvas endures many layers of scraping, wiping [...]

How to Dramatically Improve Your Art

Blogging and social media have introduced me to many wonderful people, including professional artists and aspiring artists. How to Dramatically Improve Your Art is a guest post by my good Facebook friend, Dougie Hoppes. Dougie loves to paint, he is a student of his craft and has made remarkable artistic improvements within the 5 years we have been conversing. Below are his tips on how to improve your art! How To Dramatically Improve Your Art 20 hours a [...]

Setting Up A Small Encaustic Wax Studio

Lately, I have been experimenting with encaustic wax painting. For those of you who don't know, encaustic painting is an ancient art form of 'hot wax painting' that dates back thousands of years. In Greek, the term “encaustic” means to "burn in" and is used to describe both the paint itself, and the method for using it. But because of this 'burning in' technique, special studio precautions must be taken to ensure the artist's safety. Proper ventilation is [...]

Improve Composition & Design Using the Concept of Yin Yang

Did you know the Chinese concept of yin-yang can be used to improve composition in art and design? Our goal as artists is to lead the viewer's eye into and around the painting while keeping interest in the focal point.  Using the design aspects of yin-yang can help. Natural dualities such as male and female, light and dark, high and low, hot and cold, water and fire, and so on, are thought of as physical manifestations of the yin-yang [...]

Google Plus – The Driving Force Behind Your Business?

Recently, my social media friend, and fellow artist,  Rodney Pike hit an amazing social media milestone - 1 million Google Plus followers in just one year! I am so impressed with his achievements, as both an artist, and a social media user, I asked Rodney to share his Google Plus secrets with us here. I hope you enjoy his inspiring story... Social Media - The Driving Force Behind Your Business? I was asked by Lori McNee to [...]

A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings

A lot of thought and exploration goes into developing a series of paintings for an art exhibition. Today, this has been a topic of conversation between my good friend and fellow artist, Shanna Kunz and me. This weekend, Shanna and I are exhibiting together in an all women art show, "8 Broad Brush Stokes". (Come see us in Utah, November 16-17). Shanna and I love to talk 'shop' when we are together. Today, we have been discussing the [...]

Eco Friendly Art Brands and Materials

In the recent post, How to Become An Eco Friendly Artist, artist Scott Denholm shared his interesting environmentally friendly studio tips. Please enjoy Part 2 where Scott gets specific. Below he shares his suppliers, and more great ideas, and examples to help you create your own eco friendly studio. ***** Transforming your art and studio to become environmentally friendly isn't an easy task, and many artists struggle. I'm also one artist who's gone through the process. In order to help [...]

Is Blogging Dead for Artists?

Is blogging dead for artists? Nowadays, so many artists are using sites like Facebook and Google Plus or even Twitter for their micro blogging, and art promotion. Lately, there is a lot buzz going around that blogging is dying. I disagree. Why? With social sites, you do not control any of the content that has been shared on your accounts. You do not have control over the look and layout, plus you cannot manage the comments. Blogging on [...]

Waiting for the Muse: 4 Tips for Procrastinating Artists

Descartes, the father of Modern Philosophy once so famously said, "I think, therefore I am." However, if you are an artist, then you probably can more easily empathize with the phrase, "I create, therefore I procrastinate." Although other occupations and hobbies are susceptible also to the procrastination blues, there's something about creative work that lends itself easily to, for a lack of a better way of putting it, goofing around. As a self-proclaimed artist (what is a wordsmith if not [...]