Motivation and Inspiration for Aspiring and Professional Artists



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
Connections, as every authentic New Yorker knows, are everything. Money and the New York Look are everything too, some say. It depends on how much soul you’re prepared to sell. I lived in New York in the late 70′s and I was back in ’88 to find a gallery to show my paintings.. . . read more
I make it a habit to walk daily. Rain or shine in all but the harshest weather, I hook up the dogs and take to the path. There are a long list of artists who do this, so I am never surprised when I read of or speak to an artist who makes it a [...]. . . read more
Christmas is over, and it’s nearly time to ring in another new year. That means it’s time to take stock of everything you’ve achieved over the last year, and set goals for yourself for 2013. As an artist, you may find yourself being challenged by this task of goal setting.. . . read more
We artists can be a pretty shy bunch, especially when it comes to evaluating our own work. Sometimes we’d rather hide our art away in a cupboard than put it on display for people to judge. We constantly feel the need to tell people what’s wrong with our work. And networking?. . . read more
It isn’t my nature to paint in a loose style. Some would say that’s because I have perfectionist tendencies (my Maui friends would say it’s because I have three planets in Virgo) but whatever the reason, historically I have gravitated toward a tight, precise style. I’m. . . read more
As an artist or wanna-be artist you challenge yourself often, don’t you? Let me tell you how it is with me. If I’m not growing as an artist, I feel discontent. It’s mostly in my stomach, but in my whole being is restless. . . I find myself working less and less, and slowly I. . . read more
One of the ways I find new energy and creativity for my work is by discovering new works by other artists. I love stumbling upon a painting that I haven’t seen before, and when something particularly unique catches my eye, I just have to ask. . . who painted this? I especially love visiting. . . read more



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