How to Dramatically Improve Your Art

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 … [Read more...]

Advice For The Aspiring Artist From Andy Warhol

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We can find inspiration from successful artists who we follow now, and also those who have come before us. Below, Andy Warhol shares advice that is perfect for the aspiring artist who might need some gentle words of encouragement... Thanks Andy Warhol! … [Read more...]

Setting Up A Small Encaustic Wax Studio

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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 … [Read more...]

Improve Composition & Design Using the Concept of Yin Yang

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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 … [Read more...]

Google Plus – The Driving Force Behind Your Business?

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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 write a guest … [Read more...]

A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings

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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 importance … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Art Brands and Materials

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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 … [Read more...]

Is Blogging Dead for Artists?

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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 … [Read more...]

Waiting for the Muse: 4 Tips for Procrastinating Artists

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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 … [Read more...]

How to Write a Bio That Gets Read

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In this fast-paced world many people suffer from information overload, and understanding how to write a bio that gets read is more important now than ever. Lately, I have been coaching social media personalities as well as artists on how to write a bio, so I decided to share my writing tips with you. The days are gone when we only relied on our boring resumes to emphasize our achievements. Unlike a resume, a bio is less formal. This gives you … [Read more...]


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