Drawing Lines Using the Indentation Method

As an artist, I am always learning with each new piece I create. Recently I learned of a new technique for drawing light lines (in this case, for whiskers) against a dark background that I would love to share. A common challenge I face in pencil drawing as opposed to acrylic painting is getting crisp, white lines (such as hair or whiskers) over a dark background. While in painting this can be achieved by using light paint [...]

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, Tamara makes her paintings [...]

The Easy Way to Make a Google Plus Cover Photo

Sometimes, it seems like there just aren't enough hours in the day to keep up with social media. That's why I was happy to find this helpful video below that easily explains how to make a custom Google Plus cover photo using the free site, CoverPhotoEditor.com. This might be old news to some of you, but it seemed useful enough to pass along to my readers... Your Google Plus "cover photo" is much like the Facebook timeline [...]

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 [...]

How To Make Your Own Linen Painting Panels

  Save money and learn how to make your own professional looking hardboard panels. In this video demonstration, I will show you just how easy it is. I learned how to easily mount linen or canvas on hardboard last month while painting with master artist, T. Allen Lawson. The supplies you will need:  A hardboard panel, cut to the desired size. A piece of linen or canvas, cut to the size of the hardboard panel. Leave about 1/4 inch [...]

How to Use Your Twitter Friends as Character References

Since I began using Twitter in 2009, I have made life changing friendships via social media. Many of these 'friends' have become professional colleagues, and personal friends. Recently, I have discovered a great way to use tweets as 'character references' for my resume. Twitter is the perfect place to gather character references from friends who tweet strong positive statements about you, and your expertise. Over the past few months, I have started collecting 'screenshots' of flattering tweets that are relevant to [...]

How to Become An Eco Friendly Artist

A few years ago, I made a decision to take a break from my art and re-establish myself as an eco friendly artist. The motivation was simple, but the task and how to wasn't so clear. The transition was much harder, and time consuming than I had originally planned. After talking with some like-minded artists, I soon found I wasn't the only one struggling. Fast forward a few years, and I'm now fully set up and running [...]

DIY: Build an Art Gallery Hanging System for Around $100

Do you need a solid gallery hanging system, but you are short on money? In this DIY tutorial, you can build one for less than half the cost of a professional art gallery hanging system. You just need to be willing to invest some extra time to put the raw materials together to DIY (do it yourself). A gallery hanging system is the best way to display art because it’s flexible. You can change spacing, height and [...]

10 Lessons Learned From a Creative Mompreneur

Being a creative mompreneur is rewarding, but it is filled with life lessons as we learn to juggle the full-time demands of motherhood and running a business. For the busy, creative mompreneur there never seem to be enough hours in the day. I can speak on this subject with authority, because my own art career developed between loads of laundry, during my kids’ naptimes, and often into the wee hours of the night. Definition of 'Mompreneur':  A slang term [...]

How To Paint Digitally Using Traditional Techniques

Digital art is somewhat of a dirty word in certain circles, and some artists don’t even consider it to be a real art form. I think the problem is that a lot of people don’t really know how to understand what digital art is, and we tend to fear what we don’t understand. Many times when friends come to our house, they admire the framed print of a digital painting I made of my girlfriend last year. [...]