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



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
There are many times as an artist when you might want to take a break from painting. For me, lately, it’s because I have some everyday tasks around the studio (organizing, cleaning, etc) that needed to be taken care of. Here are a couple of ideas to have some creative fun while still. . . read more
Welcome back to “The ABC’s of Art Marketing”—an alphabet guide to marketing your art, from A to Z. In today’s article, I’ll be focusing on the letter “N” for Negotiating. How often have you flinched when someone says: “That’s a really nice painting but it’s more than I. . . read more
How many of you have a festival or art fair coming up in the next few weeks? You’ve probably already sent in your paperwork, paid your fees, perfected your booth setup, and packed all the little necessities. Pretty soon it’ll be time to load up the artwork—but how do you know which. . . read more
Whether it’s due to a sudden life change or a bunch of little things piling up, it happens to the best of us: you find yourself separated from your painting routine. Maybe you’ve had a medical issue, or a family crisis. Perhaps you’ve put your painting on the backburner to take care of. . . read more
I have always wanted to make large sculptural art in wood, stone, or metal, but I have never had the space (or facilities) to do so. That hasn’t stopped me from creating, however. Instead, I have begun using balsa wood to make models that might, eventually, become full-size sculptures.. . . read more



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