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



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
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



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