5 Inspirational Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Sometimes an inspirational quote from a friend or a thought leader can help brighten our day, lift our spirits, or reinforce our personal journey. I love collecting quotes and words or wisdom to share with my readers. Here are a few that jumped off the page at me today. Please feel free to share them with your creative friends. Do you have a favorite inspirational quote? I hope you enjoy these...   Let's also connect on my Fine Art [...]

2014-10-11T20:59:14+00:00 September 29th, 2014|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|2 Comments

Scientifically Proven Tips for Managing Procrastination

Most likely if you are reading this post, you are procrastinating. In fact, I am avoiding important work this morning and have been procrastinating by writing this post! Quite often, it is what we need to do that we most feel like avoiding. Wikipedia defines procrastination as the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending [...]

Monday’s Motivation: Three Things Needed To Succeed In Life

We can learn valuable lessons from our fellow artists who have achieved great success. I chose this quote for Monday's Motivation because I totally agree with Reba! I will explain below... Three Things To Succeed In Life: A Wishbone Cinderella said it best, "A dream is a wish our heart makes.".  Cinderella is referring to a metaphorical sense of desires that can, as the lyric promises, "come true".  In this quote, I believe Reba is equating a wishbone to [...]

2013-02-25T12:20:56+00:00 February 25th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|4 Comments

Monday’s Motivation: Artwork IS Work

Many people idealize the profession of being an artist. They imagine the artistic lifestyle to be stress-free, romantic and fanciful.  For, how can creating artwork or a thing of beauty be considered work? Yes, being an artist is a wonderful lifestyle, but it truly does take a lot of hard work. So, for Monday's Motivation I thought I'd share a few reasons why artwork IS work... Artists are self-starters. We have learned how to carve out time each day [...]

How Pinterest Inspired My New Painting

From time to time, it happens to most creative people - the curse of artist's block. We face the blank canvas, our creativity hits a wall, plateaus, or lacks motivation. I have a number of different 'tricks' to help me get out of a creative rut, but recently Pinterest really helped. Source: finearttips.com via Lori on Pinterest   Somewhat controversial among artists and photographers, Pinterest is a very handy social bookmarking site that keeps all of my inspirations in one [...]

Monday’s Motivation: The Curse of Artist’s Block

Artist's block. We all suffer from it from time to time. This old "Far Side" cartoon by Gary Larson has always been a favorite of mine. Ironically, the talented cartoonist dreaded artist's block of his own, and retired the 'Far Side' cartoon series back in 1995 because he feared he was starting to be repetitive and wanted to avoid becoming a declining cartoonist. For Monday's Motivation, here are a few ideas to help you overcome the curse [...]

2013-01-14T14:42:11+00:00 January 14th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|4 Comments

Monday’s Motivation: What Makes You Happy?

Monday is almost over, but I thought I'd go ahead and share Monday's Motivation tip from Fine Art Tips on Facebook. My followers enjoyed this photo of me painting in France, and the motivational words, "Do more of what makes you happy!" These words are simple, yet profound. I hope you can find time to do more of what makes you happy. I am working on that too... Do you know what makes you happy? Leave a comment [...]

10 Helpful Ways to Overcome Spring Fever in the Art Studio

I must admit, I've caught spring fever, a common woe that strikes when the days begin to get longer and warmer. This time of year it is customary for people to blame spring fever for their restless or lazy behavior, distractions in the workplace and studio, sudden spurts of spring-cleaning and love struck dazes. While watching the snow melt and waiting for flip-flop weather, I find my mind wandering and daydreaming about the beach, plein air painting in green pastures and feeling lazy, uninspired [...]

Take Time to Unplug: Disconnect to Connect

After getting out of bed this morning and pouring myself a cup of tea, I quickly 'connected' to my blog's lifeline to you through my iMac computer. It is time for me to 'plug' back into the cyber world and get back to work, even though I am aware of the importance of knowing when to unplug. No matter what business you are in, I think you will find this little post interesting... One of the mind-boggling [...]

5 Unique Ways To Brainstorm Out of A Creative Rut

Whether you are a writer, a painter or a creative person of any sort, there’s nothing more intimidating than staring at a blank canvas. At times, it feels daunting and can even cause anxiety. After all, a step in any direction is the first step down a creative pathway... ...and what if it’s the wrong path? This fear of the unknown tends to guide us into safer waters. The familiar feels non-threatening and sometimes, it just feels [...]

2015-06-15T12:06:38+00:00 November 3rd, 2010|General, Guest Articles, Inspiration & Motivation|5 Comments