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



I love buying sketchbook journals. You see them all the time on the internet, and anywhere that sells art supplies. With all the various colors and designs I’m like a kid in a candy store; I want to buy them all! If you’re an artist, you’ve probably bought a few yourself. There. . . read more
Regardless of how much time, energy and money you put into reaching new art buyers, a key part of building a sustainable art business is encouraging those individuals to buy from you again. If the bulk of your sales tend to be one-hit wonders, you may be wondering what you can do about it.. . . read more
Last week, I explained how to repurpose a sketch you don’t like by turning it into a different type of drawing. But what if you have a finished artwork you don’t like? What do you do with it; throw it away? Hide it in the closet where no one will ever see it? Is there [...]. . . read more
The old masters did it. Some new masters do it. I’ve done it more than once and I’ll bet you have, too. What is it? Recycling artwork, of course. It’s quite easy to paint a new picture over an old picture. A little bit of sanding and fresh paint is all it takes. And you. . . read more
Every artist has their own method for determining the price of their art. . . you might add up the hours you’ve worked on a piece, multiply that by the hourly wage you’d like to earn, and add in cost of materials and tax. Or, you might have a standard price for a specific size. . . read more
Artists are often hailed for their creativity. If you’ve put many hours into making art, you’ve no doubt experimented with different mediums, explored new subject matter, and possibly tried out a few different styles. You may be able to go from painting realistic portraits to expressive. . . read more
As an artist, I do a lot of marketing to the outside world. I present my work and my brand in all the familiar channels, like social media and websites geared toward art. Because of that, I field a lot of requests to publish my work in books, magazines, or to use in an article [...]. . . read more
One key personality trait that is shared by many artists is an independent nature. Being human, however (in addition to being artists) means that we are also biologically programmed to benefit from at least occasional social interaction. Just by connecting with others, your brain gets a. . . read more
Art fairs are a curious experience. Hundreds of artists (and thousands of original, expensive creations) converge upon one spot, usually outdoors, and are viewed in temporary displays—makeshift galleries, if you will—and then taken down, often that same day, vanishing from the landscape.. . . read more
In an ideal world, the amount of effort you put into art events such as festivals and shows would bring about an equal number of rewards—things like sales, recognition, and publicity. Of course, in the real world it’s not that simple. Your time and energy is limited, and you have to. . . read more
When you think of local art shows, a few things might come to mind. Perhaps you think of your local art association, a popular local events for the arts, or an annual show organized around a particular theme. I’ve participated in a local themed show in my community for the past several. . . read more
Working from a live model is one of the best ways to learn to paint or draw the human figure. There are many times, though, when you may not have access to a workshop where there are live models to draw from. So what’s an artist to do?? Draw or paint a stature, of course! [...]. . . read more
Have you ever been told that it’s easier to paint an unfamiliar object or face than a familiar one? What happens when you spend years painting local scenery, or using the same model for your portraits? Does that translate to better paintings? When is it acceptable to “paint what you. . . read more
If you’re a plein air painter and you don’t paint regularly with a buddy, then I encourage you to call up your artist friends and set a date for your next excursion. Painting with other artists offers opportunities to hone your skills, and will most likely also deepen your. . . read more



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