interesting art related articles by guest writers

Charcoal Drawing Using The Grid Method

Young artists always inspire me! I discovered wildlife artist, Taylor Nichezynski, on Facebook. I was impressed with her drawing skills and asked if she would share her helpful Grid Method tips to help my readers. Before we get started, here is a bit about The Grid Method: Since ancient Egyptian times, artists have been using The Grid Method as a drawing tool to improve accuracy. The Egyptians used this method by ‘snapping’ a string soaked in red dye against [...]

2016-04-13T12:25:47+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Charcoal Drawing Using The Grid Method

How To Create An Impressionist Flower Painting

Flower painting, and the ability to capture the fleeting beauty of a floral arrangement has been popular since the 1500s. A traditional still life painting by ©Joe Anna Arnett During the 1600-1700s, the Dutch, Flemish, Italian, German and French artists further innovated the floral still-life. By the 1800s, the French impressionists favored painting vibrant landscapes, but they also enjoyed exploring the artistic potential of flower painting. Still today, many art genres ranging from realism to [...]

2015-12-13T16:47:37+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on How To Create An Impressionist Flower Painting

Easy Steps To Painting Big

Internationally renowned master wildlife artist, John Seerey-Lester is well known for the art of painting big, dramatic paintings that tell a story. Specializing in wildlife, sporting art, and historic themes, John has gained a reputation for producing images in either oil and acrylic with a narrative which are both mysterious and mystical. John is also a famed painting instructor. In fact, I first met John in Colorado nearly 30 years ago at one of his popular wildlife [...]

2015-11-09T09:05:54+00:00 November 9th, 2015|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Easy Steps To Painting Big

How To Create Mood in Landscape Painting

Like playing high or low notes on a piano, artists can 'key' their colors to create drama and mood in landscape painting. We do this by understanding and using value. For instance, high key colors in paintings use tints, or light values. Low key colors are shades, or dark values. Middle key colors are medium value or pure colors. In this fabulous guest post, landscape painter Shanna Kunz uses a limited scale of high values to demonstrate. Shanna [...]

Former Navy SEAL Launches Art Business

Assimilating back into civilian society is a challenge for any returning heroic Veteran. "Evan," a former Navy SEAL Team Leader started making street art style Abrasive Art as way to express his graphic memories of war and combat. Although he looks unscathed, Evan has suffered from numerous injuries including a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) back in 2010 from his tour in Afghanistan. Yet, without really knowing how, Evan has quickly built a successful art business, with a large following, in [...]

2017-01-15T23:12:07+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Gallery, Fine Art Tips, Guest Articles, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Former Navy SEAL Launches Art Business

How to Choose The Best Blogging Platform

Starting a blog can be scary, and deciding how to choose the best blogging platform is confusing. The internet seems like a complex world of servers, coding, and web design, and with so much information online, it’s hard to know who to trust. I was there 6 years ago and I know how you feel. But you know those experiences in life where you look back and can’t imagine where you would be if you hadn’t taken that [...]

2015-06-03T14:38:13+00:00 June 1st, 2015|Art Business Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, Lori's Featured Articles, Social Media Tips & Tricks|Comments Off on How to Choose The Best Blogging Platform

10 LinkedIn Networking Rules for Artists

LinkedIn networking affords professionals, especially artists, to reach, meet and network with other art professionals who in the past, they would never have never known. Artists can use LinkedIn to meet gallery owners, corporate art reps, interior designers, collectors, and other successful art professionals. This can greatly extend their reach and expand their horizons as professionals. Today, LinkedIn has more than 350 Million registered users and is still growing. The following are some ideas to pursue to [...]

How To Feel Comfortable Making Art For A Live Audience

As artists, we usually create art in the privacy of our studio away from the eyes of the general public. We may even feel more comfortable making art this way, where our little failures and experiments can be done relatively safely, and where we won’t feel the prying eyes of outsiders. However, if we can get past the reservations we may have about painting in front of people, we can experience a new stage in our creative work… [...]

2015-05-18T10:43:01+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on How To Feel Comfortable Making Art For A Live Audience

How to Price Artwork for Consistent Sales Success

Deciding how to price artwork is probably the most difficult decision artists have to make. Yet, finding the optimal price has a triple benefit: it provides the artist with reasonable compensation for the creative work, and makes the buyer feel confident about investing in a particular piece. And most importantly, it generates sales. Buying art is a very personal experience. A combination of rational and emotional factors transforms a casual viewer into a motivated buyer. The importance [...]

The Magical Bond Between Fashion and Art

One of the most fascinating relationships of our civilization is the magical bond between fashion and art. Possibly the greatest example of this bond is between the artist Piet Mondrian and designer Yves Saint Laurent . Best known for geometric paintings with asymmetrical arrangements of rectangles in primary colors (blue, red, and yellow) as well as black, gray and white, Piet Mondrian was a very influential Dutch artist born in the 19th century. He was in a constant quest [...]