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 Easy Way to Make a Google Plus Cover Photo

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 cover, but with a … [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...]

How To Make Your Own Linen Painting Panels

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  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 … [Read more...]

How to Use Your Twitter Friends as Character References

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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 … [Read more...]

How to Become An Eco Friendly Artist

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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 an eco friendly art studio. … [Read more...]

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

art gallery hanging system

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 even quantity of artworks quickly … [Read more...]

10 Lessons Learned From a Creative Mompreneur

Lori McNee and her kids

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 … [Read more...]

How To Paint Digitally Using Traditional Techniques

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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. When I'm asked about it I say something like, … [Read more...]

Show Me Your Palette


We can learn a lot about an artist by looking at his or her working palette. The daubs of paint, stubs of pastel, or puddles of color left behind on the palette are an intriguing trace of the working methods and psyche of the artist. Some painters prefer to organize their palette from light to dark pigments, while others place their paints from cool to warm. Many methodically arrange their paints in the same working order each time they … [Read more...]




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