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Motivation and Inspiration for Aspiring and Professional Artists

Film director Robert Wise stated many years ago that his three P’s were “passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this. . . read more

When I was a boy my sister and I spent most of our spare time entering painting competitions. We were both quite successful and. . . read more

Dear artists,

There's a little known skill that all current and future successful artists possess. Unfortunately, many artists themselves don’t realize how important this skill is.

It's the ability to fail.

"What’s the big deal about failure?" you might ask. "And why do artists need to become familiar with it—even seek after. . . read more

Sometimes the most innovative ideas are simply a reconfiguration of existing ones. The trick, of course, is finding that magical. . . read more

Can a creative process like painting be streamlined? David Lemyre and David Kassan think so. . . and to prove it, they’ve. . . read more

As a working artist, you probably spend the majority of your days creating or promoting your work in whatever way you can. You may even occasionally think or talk about the fact that you wish there were more opportunities for you in your community.

But how much time do you spend supporting other artists’ work? If your answer is, "Not that much," you’re not alone. Sometimes we get. . . read more

Until I stumbled across the Road Less Traveled Kickstarter project I didn’t realize how I rarely experienced photography of. . . read more

Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are. . . read more

Sometimes, despite all the potential sources of inspiration around me, artist's block sets in. I typically use this time to do other things like updating my websites, tidying the studio and sorting out my paints and brushes. I enjoy cooking and gardening too.

But the ultimate cure for my artist's block? A painting trip abroad!

My first painting trip involved several months in. . . read more

Many years ago, I attended art school at the University of Michigan and like many idealistic young painters, I dreamed of. . . read more

Have you ever seen something amazing, yet kind of obvious, and said to yourself, “Wow, I wish I had thought of that!”?. . . read more

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