How to Market Your Art – A Guide

How to market and sell your art Have you tried to sell your art, but with limited results? You know your art is quality enough to sell, but the sales just aren't happening. Without any sales, you may even start to get discouraged from making art all together, thinking that you just aren't good enough. If any of this applies to you, then take heart - you are definitely not alone. The good news is that you don't have to be the world's next "Picasso" to make sells. You just need to know how to sell and selling is skill Read more [...]

The Inner Artistic Struggle We All Fight

Artistic Struggle It's easy to look at a work of art created by a master and think that it was so easy for them to create. It often seems that when when we watch a master work, it even looks easy. It's no wonder that many of us become discouraged by this thinking and doubt starts to enter our minds. You may think, "it's not easy for me, so I'll never be able to reach this level of skill." Although some accomplished artists will never discuss this or admit it, the truth is that art is a struggle - for everyone. Read more [...]

5 Things I Learned in Art School

5 Things I Learned in Art School In my last post, I shared 5 things that I never learned in art school. And after reading that post, you may think that I didn't learn much of anything during my six year tenure. But, I actually learned quite a lot. In this post, I’ll share five things that I did learn in art school. When I entered art school, nearly twenty years ago, I never could have predicted that these five things would be the biggest “take aways” from my experience. But each of them has been incredibly important Read more [...]

5 Things I Never Learned in Art School

5 Things That I Never Learned in Art School It’s been a while since I graduated from college, but what I learned and what I didn’t is still a clear memory. I think that time often allows us to look back in retrospection with a clearer picture. I never would have been able to put this list together a month, or even a year after my graduation. But now, nearly 15 years later, it’s clear to me how art school benefited me and how my exceptions of what I was to gain from attending were wrong. Call this a disclaimer if you like, but Read more [...]

3 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Drawing Without Picking Up a Pencil

Improve Your Drawing Without Picking Up a Pencil Yes, you read that right. Now I understand that there may not be many situations where you would be without a pen or a pencil when you want to work on your drawing skills.  So, while this list may not be the most practical, it does shed some light on how we might can improve how our minds perceive and make sense of the subjects that we draw.     A major misconception with drawing is that it’s purely a process of making marks on a surface.  And while it’s true that drawing is about mark-making, Read more [...]

The Creative Process

Creative Process Header Opinions vary on the actual steps involved in the creative process.  Some like to compare the steps to the scientific method, while others like to take a decidedly more creative approach. The truth is that we all approach what we create differently.  And although this post is about "the creative process" in general, the actual steps involved will vary from person to person. For some, the process is easy.  For others, it can be torture. The Brain The creative process requires the Read more [...]

How to Know When An Artwork is Finished

How Do I Know When My Art is Finished Creating an artwork is a deeply personal experience. Sometimes, it's as if your soul is transmitted to the surface through the marks that are made. The very nature of creating is so personal that sometimes it's hard to know when to stop. The reality is that deciding when to stop "speaking" is tough for all of us.  But knowing when and where to draw the line (no pun intended) is important to success. We don't want to overwork our art, but we also don't want to stop before it has reached Read more [...]

The Watercolor Workshop Modules

The Watercolor Course As most of you are probably aware, the next course is right around the corner for members. You guys voted, and a course on watercolor painting was the resounding winner! It is my goal to provide you with the instruction that you want, so the watercolor course is in the works with modules to be released later this month (December 2014). The course will be called "The Watercolor Workshop" and it should be a great addition to the other courses that are already available to members. But before Read more [...]