Art Is A Trip!

art, trip, vacation

Whether a painter, a dancer, musician or writer, all artists who regularly practice their craft understand the transformative magic of Art. Art is a trip and allows our imaginations to escape without leaving home. Art transcends language and barriers without the need of a passport! American dancer and choreographer, Twyla Tharp said it best in the quote below. I shared her quote along with the beautiful painting by Abbott Handerson Thayer … [Read more...]

Art Buying Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Art Buying Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Interior designers are at the forefront of the hottest design trends and can keep you on the cutting edge of what is happening. This knowledge is an invaluable tool as you create new art, seek new sales avenues and grow your collector base. Through social media I've met a lot of wonderful people, especially interior designers. They're such a great group of people who truly love what they do for a living. As an artist, if you're not connecting … [Read more...]

9 Easy Steps to Learn Drawing

9 Easy Steps to Learn Drawing

Not everyone is gifted with skillful hands. However, when it comes to drawing, you can do it as long as you have the confidence and willingness to learn. You don’t need expensive paper or pencils to learn drawing. In fact, if you are determined to learn how to draw, you will use available resources. Source: piccsy.com via Lori on Pinterest   Follow these 9 easy steps to learn drawing, and you will be able to draw anything that … [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...]

The Relationship Between The Housing Market And Art Sales

The relationship between the housing market and art sales

Did you know there is a close relationship between the housing market and art sales?  It might seem obvious, but many artists seem to overlook this fact: artists need new homes to be built and existing homes to be sold so there will be blank 'walls' on the market to hang art! For nearly 30 years I have lived in a resort community where I have witnessed the synergy between the housing market and art sales. But, none as dramatic as the years when … [Read more...]

Hotels for Art Lovers

hotels for art lovers

Odds are that there is an art museum relatively close to wherever you may choose to travel. While an official statistic is nearly impossible to calculate, there are literally thousands upon thousands of art museums across the globe. Some, like the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris as well as New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, are incredibly well known by people around the world. Others are not quite “household names” but are still … [Read more...]

Art and Its Healing Effects

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Art has been said to be an expression of both hope and despair. This holiday season, as Americans struggle to find comfort in the aftershock of a year filled with unthinkable tragedies - Art offers us opportunities to heal. Scientific studies prove that art heals by changing a person's physiology and attitude. This change improves a person's perception of their world. Both beautiful art and music are known to create a positive, healing … [Read more...]

A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings

snow covered landscape painting

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...]

Tracking Your Art Inventory and Contacts

messy desk

As a working artist I know how hard it can be to keep good art records. Keeping track of my art inventory, clients, gallery contacts, competitions and other aspects of my art career can be overwhelming. At times, my desk has been like a chaotic mess of notes, spreadsheets, database software, and business cards! Yikes, I don't want to spend my time dealing with the mundane business side of things - I just want to create! I talk and work … [Read more...]

Art and the Empty Nest

empty nest

This week, I’m back to an empty nest. My daughter just returned to college after spending a fun summer at home with me. As a creative momprenuer and mother of three young adults, this is a bittersweet ritual I know quite well. Yet, I still experience recurring pangs of sadness when my kids come home, and then leave again. Over the past five years my life has changed. After devoting 23 years of my life to marriage and motherhood, I found myself … [Read more...]


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