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At EmptyEasel we LOVE getting reader-submitted articles. In fact, some of our best posts were written by people just like you—regular readers who simply wanted to share their favorite tip or technique. Unfortunately, many times when we receive an article, we just can’t use it.. . . read more
I’m not usually one for defining a way things need to be done. I tend to think that different things work different ways for different people. So, as I came across two different articles the other day, one talking about defining your style as an artist, and another talking about the. . . read more
Sorry, this contest has ended! Please check out PleinAirCo if you’d like more information about these easels. As we hinted at earlier this week, today we’re partnering with Craftsy to give away not just one, but TWO fantastic bamboo French easels manufactured by PleinAirCo and. . . read more
Buying art supplies is always going to be a big expense for artists. . . we know that from our own experience, and we hear it all the time from other artists, too. And unfortunately, that leaves most artists with a tough choice: You either spend a lot of time waiting for deals and driving. . . read more
When you choose an art class, or a workshop, do you try to look for an instructor or a mentor? What I’ve learned from my own experience is that there’s a big difference between the two, and you may prefer one or the other depending on where you are in your art career. The. . . read more
Nearly every artist takes art classes at some point in their careers—after all, it’s one of the best ways to learn, and grow, as an artist. The style of teaching each artists receives, however, varies widely from class to class. Some instructors prefer to give hands-on demonstrations,. . . read more
I recently read that a good way to get people to buy a piece of your artwork is to tell collectors the story behind it. I’ve sold works both with and without sharing their “stories,” but the aforementioned advice got me wondering: if asked to tell the story behind each piece I create,. . . read more
What do Matisse, Cezanne, and Van Gogh have in common? These three artists were not only painters who had a great influence on modern art; they were also artists who started their painting careers later in life than many of their peers. Some artists are lucky enough to be “born” into the. . . read more
Although Laly Mille has been creative since childhood, it took her many years to listen to her creative soul, and become an artist. In fact, she didn’t start calling herself an artist, or sharing her art with the world, until 2010. After reading Kelly Rae Robert’s book, Taking. . . read more
Gioi Tran studied art at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, toured professionally with ballet and modern dance companies, and currently runs Applegate Tran Interiors while selling fine art to collectors throughout the world. As busy as this multi-talented artist is, Gioi kindly took some. . . read more
Bennett Vadnais has been creating art since the age of 14, and has been a full-time artist and art instructor for the past 12 years. Like many young artists, he originally started out drawing, but when he entered high school a local artist introduced him to classical painting and he’s. . . read more
When Bert Hornbeck was in high school she entered an art competition in which she attempted to paint a soldier. When she couldn’t get the soldier to appear, she swirled the paint, creating one large nose and an eye. With that painting she won an award, and grew the confidence to keep. . . read more
Sarah Dowling went to the Massachusetts College of Art where she majored in Print Making, and went on to receive a Bachelors of Arts Degree. Then she continued her post-graduate education at. . . read more
Eric Francis started out painting cartoon characters. He learned everything he could from books and later went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio painting from Centenary College in Louisiana. After college, painting took a backseat to earning a living. . . that is, until the. . . read more



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