General Art Advice: Ideas, Inspiration, and Helpful Tips for Artists



Little as most of us want to hear it, few artists earn a living selling art. Many who do are well aware that the income generated from sales is subject to market trends, the economy, and a number of other factors beyond the artist’s control. Many artists have found other ways to earn. . . read more
One of the things that many people do not understand about art—especially in terms of turning it into a living wage—is that just because it can be done anywhere doesn’t mean it should be done anywhere. It is actually incredibly important (and not just for tax purposes) to have a. . . read more
These days, it feels like there are a million and one art galleries online, all filled to the brim with (in many cases) rather affordable artwork. This can be great. . . but it can also be a lot to wade through, to find art that you REALLY like. So if you’re like me, and [...]. . . read more
Most of us have more photos, art and keepsakes lying around than we could ever display at one time (much of which we probably created ourselves!) But instead of letting your favorites collect dust in the closet because you don’t want to spend money on frames, why not adopt a DIY. . . read more
I’ve been an artist for a long time but I still remember what it was like to be young and enthusiastic. The world lay at my feet. The sky was the limit! We didn’t have the internet back then and I lived in a rural area. I didn’t know where the nearest museum or gallery [.... . . read more
If you plan to show and sell your art, rejection is a part of life. And, no matter how many times you experience rejection, it still stings when it catches you off guard. So in the spirit of encouragement, I thought I would share two up close and personal experiences I had with rejection. The. . . read more
Most of us reading EmptyEasel would probably identify ourselves as either hobby artists or professional artists. Hobby artists create art for the sheer joy of creation. Sales are great, if they happen, but they’re really not THAT important. Professional artists enjoy creating art just. . . read more
Of all social media, Pinterest is especially art and artist friendly. . . after all, it’s a platform based entirely around sharing visual images! I’ve always been a little wary of social media for personal reasons. But I’ve become quite a fan of Pinterest, and it has nothing. . . read more
I’ve been a artist for a long time—I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to hold a crayon, so we can safely say it’s been over fifty years. I remember well what it was like to be young and enthusiastic. The world lay at my feet as an artist! The sky was the limit. [...]. . . read more
So you’re thinking about striking out on your own as an artist? Congratulations! Small business ownership can be the single best opportunity for success as an artist. Go into the process with your eyes wide open, though. . . Success of any kind in not guaranteed, nor is it likely to happen. . . read more
It’s every freelancer’s worst nightmare—you’ve done all the work for a big project, but instead of paying you, your client disappears into the night as soon as you hand it in. Non-freelancers don’t have to worry about that. Every 2 weeks your company gives you your. . . read more
Many artists and collectors are drawn to the bright colors and unique textures of pastels, even before they know much about the medium. Naturally, as a pastel artist, I’ve found that many of my interactions with people interested in my art involve answering questions about the pastels. . . read more
For a variety of reasons, many of us artists work inside our homes rather than a separate studio. If you’re working with art materials inside your home, here a few tips to consider—particularly if you share your space with family or pets. When you’re not painting: store it! While. . . read more
November and December are not normally months that you would plan on taking a painting class outdoors, but this winter has been warm enough that on some days we brave the elements. With each class, I wait until the night before to decide whether I will take them out or not, and each morning I. . . read more



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