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Painting Tips, Artist Reviews, Selling Art Online and more

Making a living from your art can be quite a challenge. . . so here are a few of our favorite resources and innovative tips to increase your name recognition and sales this year: Stage your art Giving potential buyers a way to envision your art in their space is a fantastic way to market your art and close sales. Most colle

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Last year I put together a couple of articles listing some of the best YouTube art videos for beginning and intermediate artists. One article focused on painting videos while the other shared my favorite sketching and drawing lessons on YouTube. As I was researching those posts, I found a few YouTube channels with so much g

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Call For Entry, aka CaFÉ, is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) venues for applying for grants, art shows, exhibitions, artist residencies, etc. As an artist, I’ve been submitting pieces and proposals for around 8 years, but over the last 2 years, I’ve also started curating shows and have gained a new perspective

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UK painter Simon Miller has a particular interest in amateur photographs from a bygone era. . . when he finds one, he paints it! And the results are simply stunning: Each of Simon’s paintings are incredibly saturated with bright hues and contrasting shadows, and are filled with classic cars and colorful dresses agains

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Working primarily in oils, Sarah Jane Brown creates stunning, multi-colored landscapes that offer more than just a snapshot of a particular place and time. Take a moment to explore each of her landscapes and seascapes below, and you’ll see what I mean—each one conveys a particular emotion, or feeling, that breathes

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UK artist and printmaker Richard Spare uses the painstaking process of drypoint etching to create his one-of-a-kind limited edition prints. Using a sharp engraving tool, Richard incises fanciful animals, birds, and flowers into a copper plate. Interestingly, the deeper he cuts into the copper, the more scattered metal tendr

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For nearly two decades, Nashville-based artist Adam Hall has honed his unique style of landscape paintings. Take a look at his website and you’ll find a stunning collection of deep, misty forests; thunderous waterfalls; swelling ocean waves. . . and recently, a mysterious raincoat-clad figure staring deep into the wil

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I recently participated in a group discussion in an art group on MeWe. One of the administrators posted a discussion-starter question asking what members thought was the most important tool in the creative process. Most of the respondents suggested things like the best paints or canvases, good training, and so on. . . all t

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Hi, I’m Kellie Day, a mixed-media painter, art mentor, and art educator for Golden Paints. It’s important to have quick, easy projects to get you painting and creating in your studio. This project is a great way to create something lovely for your home, or a little art gift for a friend. In this video I’ll show you ho

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This past weekend I participated in my town’s open studio tours. Since I couldn’t have my home studio on the tour (too messy), I shared a large space with 3 other artists. We had all worked on advertising the event and, luckily, drew in quite a few people over the weekend. Having participated in art shows/sales in the p

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I don’t consider myself the strongest painter of water. . . but I do create a lot of paintings around the coast, so I need to be able to paint the wet stuff! As I paint, I tend to follow the principle that nothing is completely observed and nothing is completely imagined. This allows me to have the best of both worlds whe

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What is the most difficult thing you had to master in becoming an artist? If you’re anything like me, it was learning to draw from life. Somehow, the whole idea of looking at something and drawing it accurately escaped me. I’ve learned a few tricks over the years, but I confess drawing from life is still a challenge. So

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Chrysanthemums are the symbol of the Fall season in Chinese Brush painting. Mums come in a variety of colors from the traditional yellow to orange, red, pink, purple, and white. For this painting we will be using the xieyi or “Freehand” style of painting which focuses on conveying the essence or spirit of a subject rath

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The high-end art sector is currently booming with surging numbers of sales and record-breaking purchases. 2018 saw global art sales top $67 billion, an increase of 6% on the previous year. This year, a sculpture by Jeff Koons sold for $91.1 million—the highest amount ever paid for a living artist. In 2017, the world’s m

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Hey everyone! This tutorial will hopefully help you to draw a realistic eye. If you want a more in-depth video tutorial for this process, just click here to be notified when it’s ready! Drawing tools: • General’s Charcoal Pencil 6B • Mechanical Pencil with HB and 4B lead • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser • Posca

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Did you get our NEW EE Newsletter? We’re switching to a new email service (MailChimp) so the email you’re reading right now is via the old method, which we’ll be discontinuing. Please check for a 2nd EE Newsletter in your inbox shortly and mark it as “important” or “not spam” so you

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You’ve probably heard the saying “you have to spend money to make money,” right? That’s not always easy to hear when you’re just starting out, having slower than normal art sales, or trying to find work, but if you are able to allocate some funds to professional development it can (and often does!) end

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Recently published on EE How to Paint a Sparrow on Bamboo in the Chinese Brush Painting Style by Kelli McNichols Coming up this week. . . We’ve been working on adding some new features to the EE Newsletter (you should have gotten an email mid-week from us. . . look for that if you haven’t seen it already!) so we

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Birds and bamboo are two very popular subjects in Chinese Brush painting. Follow along with me as I paint a sparrow perched among bamboo branches, using the “xieyi” or “Freehand” style of painting which focuses on conveying the essence or spirit of a subject rather than an exact likeness. Required Chinese brush pain

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Recently published on EE What I Learned from Binge-watching Hours of Art Videos on YouTube by Carrie Lewis Coming up this week. . . Kelli McNichols returns on Monday with another fun Chinese Brush Painting tutorial, and first-time guest poster Alicia Puig will be sharing 15 ways to invest in your art career—no matter what

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Have you ever binge-watched art tutorial videos? I have. I spent a huge part of three weeks watching video tutorials online because a bum wrist kept me from doing art of my own. But you know what? That time turned out to be well-spent on a number of levels. To begin with, I learned about mediums I’d never heard of before

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Too busy can be a good thing! My apologies for the lack of new articles on EE this past week. . .  we’ve been setting up new art websites left and right during our Summer Sale, and just haven’t had the time! But, if you’re looking for some excellent tips on creating art, check out our top five posts from

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Recently published on EE 4 Clever Painting Tricks for Oil Painters by Lyman Dally Learn to Draw with these 50 FREE YouTube tutorials! by Carrie Lewis And, if you still need a website for your art. . . We’ve recently overhauled our website builder for artists to make it super simple for non-techies—meaning zero comp

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Hello, fellow artists! If you’re like me, you probably have your own working methods that you’ve developed over the years. Today I wanted to share four little things that I do on a regular basis when working in oils. I’ll give them silly titles just for fun. Cane n’ Able I use an old cane hooked over the

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I learned so much from the binge watching painting videos on YouTube, that I decided to see what drawing videos I could find. Spoiler Alert! There are some stunning artists working in dry media, too! So today, I’m sharing over 50 of those “how to draw” videos. I’ll start with the videos that apply to all drawing med

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Coming this week! For the past month Carrie Lewis has been busy researching hundreds of free drawing videos on YouTube, and she’s ready to share her favorites! Drop by on Tuesday to see her picks and improve your drawing skills! Then on Thursday, Lyman Dally returns with 4 unique painting “tricks” he uses

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If you want an easy way to display your art in style. . . Our one-click website builder will create a stunning website for your art that has all the features of an expensive managed site but is dead simple to use. And for a few more days, you can still lock in our super-low pricing of just $10/month. Click here to see every

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Have you ever lost track of time watching painting tutorials on YouTube? I know I have! And I’ve found some really AMAZING painting videos I’d like to share. Today I’m going to list over 50 of the best “how to paint” videos that I’ve watched in the last few weeks. I’ll start with the vi

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Show of hands. . . who’s frustrated by their art website? We’ve put together a simple, easy way to display and sell art on your own website. If your current site is a pain in the neck, or you just need a better website for your art, click here to see how easy your website could be! Recently published on EE How t

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Maybe you’ve always though you needed gallery representation to sell your artwork and be successful as an artist. . . but in today’s digital world, that’s no longer true. In this article, I am going to give you actionable tips on how you can sell your art from home so you can pay your bills and enjoy creat

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