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

We all wish we had more time to paint, draw, sculpt, or whatever we do. At the very least, we often wish we could make better use. . . read more

I recently took a short writing class: three sessions in a little over a week. No pressure, right? The class was designed to help. . . read more

It’s September as I write this, and time to head “back to school” to learn more about art and expand your horizons. But how do you know which class to take?

We live in an age of so many choices. Between videos, reviews, and blogs, there’s a lot of good information (and some misinformation) out there. When you’re a newbie, it’s great to consider your options. But what should. . . read more

Some time ago, I described the four most important skills every artist needs in order to succeed. Those skills were: • The. . . read more

It’s a rare artist who hasn’t used castoff and worn-out clothing as rags to clean paintbrushes or hands. But what. . . read more

All my life I've made images. As a child, I doodled on my homework. I did oil paintings, and illustrated with watercolor, ink, and crayon. I even taught art: mostly life drawing, where we'd splash around with ink, and use big charcoal sticks on huge Kraft paper sheets.

Then I got my first contract to illustrate a children's book. Naturally I was thrilled, but I also felt an anxious. . . read more

The proportional scale, a tool familiar to most graphic designers, is a handy way to calculate dimensions for us right-brained. . . read more

“You may say I can draw, but I can’t. It takes forever to get a drawing that looks right. I erase and draw and erase and. . . read more

The last decade or so has brought a lot of changes to calligraphy. Some interesting things are happening.

Writing tools have been vastly improved. Calligraphy has moved beyond the scriptorium—to the kitchen, the garden and the car. We have many choices for paper and other surfaces readily available. There’s less time (or it seems that way) so easier techniques are in demand. And. . . read more

If you’re a portrait artist by trade, you can expect to be asked to do a posthumous portrait at some point in your career.. . . read more

My Northern California studio is 22′ x 12′ with 4 windows that invite the outdoors in. Since 1995, I’ve created. . . read more

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