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

Editor’s note: Recently I caught up with Dianne Panarelli Miller, a Boston-based plein air painter who also happens to do. . . read more

Every week we receive questions from new artists on what it takes to become a successful artist. The truth is, there is nothing. . . read more

One of the best ways to improve your craft is by learning how to critique your own work. No one else knows better than you do what your artistic goals are—both overall, and for each piece.

No one else knows your own short-comings better, either.

Self-crits work best if you develop the habit of assessing every drawing on a regular basis. And they're most productive if you use. . . read more

On your way to becoming a professional artist, you will be frequently hit with these types of questions. Ready? • What’s. . . read more

You’ve finished your latest masterpiece, and you know it’s the best one so far this month. Drink in that enjoyment, toast. . . read more

The art reception was in a bright airy space. The artwork was well-curated and professionally displayed. I arrived early enough to start a couple of conversations with the artist. ‘Thanks for coming—oh I’ll be right back.”

A minute later. . . “Now where were we?”

When I spoke with the artist a couple of days afterward, she said she loved having so many guests but. . . read more

Some time ago, I wrote a series of articles sharing how to find a gallery for your art and how to present your artwork to a. . . read more

Let me guess. . . you’ve just finished your Big Project, one that took weeks of labor to complete, setting a new standard. . . read more

Commission work: it's probably what most non-artists—and possibly a lot of artists, too—envision when they think of professional artists earning a living from their art.

For the majority of professional artists, however, commission work is only part of the picture. They may also teach art, or work at a gallery, or have another side job. And there are always non-art obligations that. . . read more

In the first article of this series, I discussed how everything you do in your studio is about you and making your art—but. . . read more

When we’re young, we dream of becoming famous artists, traveling the world and making lots of great art (not to mention lots of. . . read more




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