Motivation and Inspiration for Aspiring and Professional Artists



There is something magical about taking REAL photographs. . . the process of seeing, capturing light, then transferring it to paper is almost a mystical process. Nowadays, high-tech digital cameras allow this process to happen without effort, but what if you could achieve the magic of. . . read more
Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” As artists, you and I know he was right—art is magical. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to it. Enter Robert Caswell and Holly Wherry, two art therapists with a very unique idea: bringing art. . . read more
When war strikes a country, it severely impacts all its citizens. . . but it especially harms its children. Children in war-torn countries live in daily fear of violence, which often impact their lives mentally and emotionally long after the conflict ends. This is where Katie Gettins and her. . . read more
Stories of painters and their muses are timeless. They are fodder for gossip among society ladies, while also being tales of inspiration for upcoming artists. The notion of a muse is at once romantic, charming and intellectually stimulating. . . as a result, it is only justified that every. . . read more
When my husband and I were first married we lived in an apartment. This small space did not hamper his passion to build amazing pieces of furniture, so, lacking a woodshop of his own, he befriended those that had tools so he could expand his creative carpentry prowess. Of course, it was never. . . read more
When I arrived at the special needs school on the outskirts of Istanbul, I found a large building with several classrooms set up to teach a variety of skills to young adults with special needs. There was a kitchen, a woodworking room, a room for making candles, an art room, and lots of other. . . read more
Art impacts us all as individuals, but it can also reach into a community to impact the masses. This is the goal of Chicago Kids Create, a program initiated by Chicago public school parent Catherine Marchese and artist Jeff Semmerling. “Chicago Kids Create is a unique, hands-on, visual arts. . . read more
Accepting where you are in your art journey can be frustrating. As artists, we always want to be further ahead and more accomplished, full of amazing vision or master of better technique. Yet despite our hard work and efforts, it is sometimes easy to feel we are never as good as we could be.. . . read more
For many of us, art is easily accessible: it’s on our walls, we go see it in local galleries and museums—or we simply create it ourselves. For others, however, art is only a distant idea seen briefly on television or read about in books. And the chance to create art? It just. . . read more
For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together. -Vincent van Gogh Hugh Welchman is a man with a vision. . . oh, and he also runs an animation studio. And Welchman’s vision (you could also call it an incredibly audacious. . . read more
As some of you might recall, last month on EmptyEasel we invited all artists to take our 2014 Art World Survey. We asked questions about your likes, dislikes, future goals, and even frustrations—all in an attempt to better understand EmptyEasel’s global community of artists. After. . . read more
Imagine your walls without art. . . stark white walls without energy and happiness. These are the walls that countless hospice residents experience daily, with no hope of joy or color to be had. This problem is a great concern to many artists and organizations around the country. As one. . . read more
When people think of still life paintings, the things that typically come to mind are the usual suspects: flowers, flowers in vases, fruit, jars, teapots and the like. But what if you’ve already painted the flowers, the fruit and tea pots and such. . . or you don’t really have an interest. . . read more
Growing up as an artist on a mid-Missouri subsistence farm was a study in severed heads and limbs, a disconnected experience that would’ve made an abstract painter out of anyone. Most of our food came from the land. We butchered both hunted animals and farm animals on a daily basis.. . . read more



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