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General Art Advice: Ideas, Inspiration, and Helpful Tips for Artists

The time has come—you’re about to buy some gorgeous art to decorate your home or office. Problem is, you’re not. . . read more

“Dang it, I’m an artist, not a photographer!” How many of us have said that before? Photography can be so technical. . . read more

There’s nothing more scary than handing over your dream to someone, especially if you’re doing it online—but that’s exactly what you’re doing when you commission an artist to create a custom piece of art for you. Most of the time it's of a subject or person close to your heart, so it's absolutely got to be done right. Over the years I’ve painted quite a number of custom. . . read more

Maybe you’re moving into a new house. . . perhaps you’re remodeling and upgrading your current home. Or, maybe your. . . read more

Any time I buy a higher-priced item, I first do my research—I compare different versions of the product with my criteria and. . . read more

There are any number of reasons you might find yourself unable to make art. I’m going to focus on two because both are near and dear to me right now: injury, and unexpected life changes.

In my own life, I’ve been dealing with back pain that makes it difficult to work like I normally do. But any illness or injury has the potential to derail your art and your work. . . read more

If you’re a freelance artist working for clients, it’s vitally important that you are able to meet your deadlines. I. . . read more

Do you sell art in two or more different mediums? Maybe sometimes you work on paper with dry media (pencils, charcoal, etc) and. . . read more

I know, I know. You’re busy. You’re trying to create top-quality art, promote that art or your art business, work a full- or part-time job, and manage your personal life. Whose got time to draw from life?

That’s what I used to think, anyway. Every minute of studio time was devoted to client work. There was no time for artistic exploration, let alone drawing from life. Besides,. . . read more

We’re all busy these days. Work. Family. Community activities and other commitments. You don’t have to see a person’s daily. . . read more

Today I’m going to answer three anonymous questions asked by EmptyEasel readers. The questions are wide-ranging, but each. . . read more

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