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

It’s possible to make money painting portraits for clients, but it isn’t easy. Nor is it a get-rich-quick proposition.. . . read more

There’s an ongoing debate about whether artists should participate with charities by donating artwork. Non-artists are familiar. . . read more

Not a week goes by without an artist asking me about their pricing strategy. And with those questions, I almost always detect a. . . read more

Even if you’re not a particularly prolific artist, when you paint long enough, sooner or later you’ll find yourself with a bunch of old paintings. If you have unlimited space to store them or a large family willing to accept your gifts of art, you’re all set.

But what if you don’t have a lot of storage or a big family (or family members willing to receive your art)? What do you. . . read more

I’ve been drawing from the time I was old enough to clutch a crayon in a pudgy hand. There was never a doubt about what I’d. . . read more

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. . . 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. . . 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 you love finding new art, but you're tired of the "same old internet galleries," here are some of the. . . 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. . . 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. . . 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. . . 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 as much, but they also have the added goal of . . . read more

Of all social media, Pinterest is especially art and artist friendly. . . after all, it’s a platform based entirely around. . . 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. . . read more

So you’re thinking about striking out on your own as an artist? Congratulations! Small business ownership can be the single. . . 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 well-earned paycheck (whether a client backs out at the last minute or not) and that's that.

But. . . read more

Many artists and collectors are drawn to the bright colors and unique textures of pastels, even before they know much about the. . . 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. . . read more

November and December are not normally months that you would plan on taking a painting class outdoors, but this winter has been. . . read more

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