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Art Opinion: Articles and Insight for the 21st Century Artist

Making art may be “just a hobby” for a lot of people, but not for artists—even part-time artists. Sure, making art. . . read more

Every now and again I like to check the list of search engine terms and phrases that brought readers to my blog. Given that my. . . read more

When I first started dabbling with colored pencils, I'd already been oil painting for many years. I didn't want a replacement medium, I just wanted a medium that was easier to travel with AND allowed me to create the kind of detailed work I was painting with oils.

Colored pencils checked both those boxes. They were definitely easier—and neater—to travel with than oil paints, and. . . read more

Some time ago, I wrote a demonstration series describing how I use the Flemish method of oil painting in my own work. The Flemish. . . read more

Several weeks ago I suggested a few questions artists should ask themselves if they’re trying to decide whether or not gallery. . . read more

It really doesn’t matter what medium you use; every artist can benefit from practicing 4 specific skills.

What are these skills?

I’m glad you asked! Here are (in my opinion) the top 4 MUST HAVE skills for artists:

1. The ability to see

This is so basic to art that we don’t often think about it, but it’s vital enough that we. . . read more

A short while back I wrote an article for EmptyEasel about art school, and how to decide if it’s right for you. I wrote. . . read more

Should artists give away their time and talent? Unfortunately in this case, there’ isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer.. . . read more

Every year around December, business people of all types are busy evaluating the success of the past year’s goals and thinking about goals for the next year. Many of them are pondering their five- and ten-year plans and some even consider long-term goals of fifteen years or more.

My question is, are those kinds of activities relevant only to business people? Or would. . . read more

I don’t think I really understood that people could make a living in the arts until I was well into my grad studies. I don’t. . . read more

One of the most challenging aspects of being an artist is finding the time, space and peace you need to conjure your creativity. . . read more




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