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

Are you looking for a new art medium? Maybe you’ve been considering colored pencils, but need a few reasons to really give. . . read more

When I first started thinking about becoming a professional artist (and by “professional,” I mean an artist who creates art. . . read more

I recently performed a solo at church. It wasn’t the first time for a solo, but it was different this time. In times past, the bulletin has always read something like “Special Music by Carrie Lewis.” Yesterday, I opened up the bulletin and saw this.

Carrie Lewis, Vocalist

Vocalist.

That’s not a huge difference, but it made me stop and think about what I. . . read more

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




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