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

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. . . 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 other times you work on canvas with paint. . . have you noticed your pencil work selling more slowly than other mediums?

I certainly have!

My specialty has always been horse portraits, and for over 40 years my favorite mediums have been oil 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. . . 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 of these artists is really just looking to improve their skills and solve problems.

If these questions have been on your mind as well, I hope my answers help!

Q: Can you use white out or correction tape with colored pencils?

There are many. . . read more

Success in art is often determined by the number of pieces sold, or the price paid for the artwork. Failure is typically. . . read more

I recently participated in a group Facebook conversation with an artist who was making the switch to creating art full-time. She. . . read more

“So, do you just wait for something to inspire you?”

That's a question I hear all the time. . . and it reveals a common misperception about artists. It's often imagined that we sit around, waiting for a muse of some sort to drop creative ideas into our brains, or for our internal creative thoughts to simmer and when the moment is just right, those thoughts will explode into a. . . read more

Like the elephant in the middle of the room, expectations are rarely the topic of conversation at art events. We could save a lot. . . read more

One of my favorite parts of being a high school teacher was teaching IB Art, a two year art program. There was a moment every. . . read more

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