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No Throats Will Be Cut...

by Judi Beauford on 4/26/2017 10:01:37 AM
13 Comments

If you look into the past of the successful painter you will find square miles of canvas behind him. [...]


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More Opportunities

by J.R. Monks on 4/25/2017 10:33:55 AM
4 Comments

The magician's hat of a painter is fascinating, new from old and endless opportunities abound if you only take the time to look. [...]


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Tools of the Trade

by Laura Pollak on 4/24/2017 9:55:48 AM
5 Comments

There are so many ways to make our lives easier on a day to day level but sometimes we don’t relate them to our art. Easily one of the best tools we have is our smart phone. [...]


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Fairs vs Galleries

by Crystal Rassi on 4/21/2017 9:33:51 AM
16 Comments

Do fairs devalue my work? Am I an established artist if I have gallery representation? [...]


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A List of Aspect Ratios of Common Canvas Sizes

by Vianna Szabo on 4/20/2017 9:42:41 AM
19 Comments

It is so frustrating when you want to replicate an image onto a larger canvas but the composition is not the same. [...]


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On Marketing and Networking

by Sharon Allen on 4/19/2017 10:09:04 AM
16 Comments

Time consuming as it is, this kind of networking and follow-up is essential if you want to expand your painting and photography locations, your exhibit venues, and your client base. [...]


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Painting Plein Air

by Deborah Ridgley on 4/18/2017 9:51:24 AM
7 Comments

With the summer season upon us, many artist like myself are out painting in the gorgeous weather. [...]


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Discipline

by Angela Bruskotter on 4/14/2017 10:00:20 AM
29 Comments

There is a debate in the art community whether it is better to be formally trained or self-taught. [...]


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3 Reasons to Spring Clean Your Pictures

by Eugenie B. Fein on 4/12/2017 9:42:46 AM
3 Comments

Spruce up the house this spring and check on your pictures. Even if you don't think you have available pictures, these tips can prolong their life and your pleasure. [...]


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4 Things I Like In A Fine Art Teacher

by Judy Ballance on 4/11/2017 10:06:15 AM
12 Comments

A good art teacher shares everything they know, holding nothing back. [...]


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MUST I Attend that Art Reception?

by Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA on 4/7/2017 10:09:53 AM
19 Comments

Attending an art reception is part of being involved in the art world. Every artist must have that. It will help shape the way you move forward in your professional art life or even your personal life. [...]


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The Limitations of Working from Photographs and How to Compensate for Them

by Vianna Szabo on 4/5/2017 10:17:00 AM
11 Comments

Photos are a great resource to work from as long as you understand their limitations. Working from life as often as possible will help you expand your ability to interpret photos into personal expression. [...]


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Workshop Success!

by Laura Pollak on 4/4/2017 10:01:18 AM
12 Comments

There's nothing worse than leaving a workshop defeated... [...]


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Beyond the Study

by William A. Schneider on 3/31/2017 10:06:21 AM
9 Comments

In our journey as artists we spend a long time learning how to render. [...]


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Lessons Learned

by Donald Fox on 3/29/2017 9:46:58 AM
12 Comments

The making of art is not just about creating any singular art work; it is about committing to the practice of art and to living an artistic life. [...]


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My Watercolor Brushes

by Bette Orr on 3/28/2017 10:49:23 AM
12 Comments

Remember, these brushes are my personal workhorse favorites....in the end, it comes down to YOUR personal preference. [...]


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Helpful Ways to Approach a 30 Day Painting Challenge

by Ginny Butcher on 3/27/2017 10:03:17 AM
3 Comments

If you have wanted to be part of a 30 day painting challenge, but felt it was too intimidating, here are some helpful ideas for approaching it. [...]


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Talent

by Ken Pieper on 3/21/2017 10:14:05 AM
54 Comments

Art, no matter how well or great our original talent brings us, must be nurtured, fueled, enhanced, and continually learned to become the best that we can be. [...]


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Using the Paper's Texture and Dragging Dry Pigment: At the Point of JR Monks' Brush

by J.R. Monks on 3/15/2017 10:04:24 AM
12 Comments

I feel color is a powerful tool for a painter, but color alone can become cliche and elements such as texture provide a means to speak a more powerful truth about the landscape. [...]


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Hitting the Wall or Bouncing off It

by Laura Pollak on 3/14/2017 8:11:22 AM
13 Comments

So my new method of working is to keep a number of paintings on my Merry-Go-Round of an easel and hope that when the time is right, I'll see exactly what each painting needs to graduate and fly off into the world. [...]


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How do you frame pastel paintings?

by Susan Flanagan on 3/13/2017 9:53:32 AM
9 Comments

Soft pastel has to be framed under glass. No amount of spraying fixative will change that! [...]


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Eight Key Things To Do To Get Ready For A Small Business Solo Show

by Jean McLean on 3/7/2017 9:39:14 AM
13 Comments

Do you like showing at small businesses? [...]


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Invest In Yourself

by Roberta Murray on 3/1/2017 9:56:00 AM
9 Comments

Go ahead and invest in yourself. Find a strategy that works for you, and pursue that learning with both seriousness and frivolity, but always with purpose. [...]


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Marketing On The Web

by Ken Pieper on 2/27/2017 10:20:02 AM
28 Comments

We must remember our website has a very short window of opportunity to attract and create enough interest to stop a potential customer in their tracks and take notice of who we are and why they must have our work. [...]


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The Descriptive Snob

by Dianna Cates Dunn on 2/14/2017 10:29:00 AM
24 Comments

Getting our audiences to engage with and relate to our art is paramount, not only for our own survival and success as artists but, for our entire reason for being artists in the first place! [...]


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The Best Laid Plans

by Angela Bruskotter on 2/13/2017 10:53:58 AM
6 Comments

Art doesn't require fancy equipment or expensive supplies; it only needs a pen and paper, if that's all you have. [...]


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Get More out of Workshops by Following these Three Rules

by Vianna Szabo on 2/9/2017 9:56:01 AM
5 Comments

The goal of a workshop is not to create a great piece of art but to discover new ways to express your artistic voice. [...]


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Who Are Your Business Partners?

by Heather Arenas on 2/7/2017 9:57:20 AM
11 Comments

Some may think, "I paint alone. I don't partner with anyone." but to succeed as a professional artist, you will need to partner with some other industry professionals in order to get your paintings seen and sold. [...]


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Frugal Framing, Part 1

by Susan L. Vignola, Ph.D. on 1/31/2017 10:30:37 AM
27 Comments

To reduce my costs, I make my own frames when necessary. [...]


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A Barn is Not a Shape

by Eileen McConkey on 1/30/2017 9:56:00 AM
12 Comments

Changing the way you think about shapes can change your paintings. [...]


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The Value of Workshops

by Sharon Allen on 1/20/2017 9:43:59 AM
4 Comments

Regardless of your skill level there is much to be gained by taking a workshop with peers now and then. [...]


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Painting Large: Size Does Matter

by Sharon Weaver on 1/17/2017 10:38:34 AM
23 Comments

By clarifying the process and defining the mood and atmosphere of your painting you can guarantee success. [...]


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A New Year, A New Time for Change and Mind Over Matter.

by Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA on 1/16/2017 10:09:58 AM
21 Comments

Now is the time to make the changes with positive and a confident belief in yourself...and don't be afraid to be different in the new year...and do something different. [...]


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Original Artwork

by Ken Pieper on 1/13/2017 10:19:29 AM
92 Comments

Every industry I know must change in order to maintain and grow. The old axiom of “grow or go” is absolutely the truth in any business. [...]


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Lights Off to Reveal Values

by Vianna Szabo on 1/12/2017 10:22:37 AM
21 Comments

If you are working on a painting and wondering if you are finished, turn off the lights and step away to view your work. The darkness can be revealing. [...]


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What Is A Study?

by J.R. Monks on 1/10/2017 10:11:12 AM
5 Comments

Studies are footprints in the sand of the journey of an artist. [...]


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When There Are No Words

by Angela Bruskotter on 1/3/2017 10:30:32 AM
11 Comments

An artist communicates with their art.....It is a conversation without words, yet still clearly communicated, if done well. [...]


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Art Does Not Speak for Itself

by Jerry Hardesty on 1/2/2017 10:56:41 AM
19 Comments

As artists, how can we prepare ourselves to write and talk about our work? [...]


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Being Ready

by Mark Brockman on 12/30/2016 10:56:54 AM
12 Comments

It's like inspiration, you can't wait for it- then work, you need to work so when inspiration comes you are ready. [...]


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Self-doubt and the Philosophies of Others

by David Hettinger on 12/29/2016 11:12:23 AM
8 Comments

When asking someone to review your work, know just what their philosophy is and make it clear to them what you want from your art. [...]


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