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North Carolina artist Joseph Bounds creates stunning, one-of-a-kind portraits and figure paintings by blending elements of Cubism, Neoclassicism, and Minimalism. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that his paintings ARE paintings, at first glance. The smooth application of paint (with very few visible brushstrokes) an

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As fun as it is to create art, most artists (myself included) can’t deny the thrill that comes from selling your art to someone who loves it. . . especially if you want your art to be a career, not just a hobby. So today I’m going to share 12 of the easiest ways to start selling your art—and for those of you j

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Recently published on EE Learn How to Oil Paint With the Best Oil Painting Video Tutorials Online! By Carrie Lewis How to Teach a Paint-Sip Art Class Without Losing your Soul (or your Mind) By Niki Hilsabeck How to Sell Art Directly From Your Studio By Margaret Modjeski Plus, check out our Art Business Advice and Art Tutori

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Like many artists, I have a website, Facebook, and Instagram. But I’ve had the most success selling art directly from my studio (with some help from social media). Here’s what I’ve learned: Your studio space matters I have a studio that I rent in Dunedin, Florida. The space houses 13 other resident artists

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When I first heard about the concept of a paint-sip (also known as paint and sips, art parties, wine & canvas parties, etc) I’ll admit that I shuddered. Why would a bunch of people want to walk out of a painting class with the same painting as 20 other people? The topic came up again and again in my own art workshops

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You’re probably reading this post because you’ve decided you want to learn to paint with oil paints, but aren’t sure where to start. Sure, you’ve browsed the supplies at the local art store, but there are so many brushes, brands of paint, and canvases, it boggles the mind. Maybe you’ve looked at some Y

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UK artist Lynda Minter delights in painting the “hidden gems” of London and the surrounding countryside.  Her frequent walks (and the occasional cycling trip) along along the River Thames offers her unlimited inspiration, from scenes of flurried activity at constructions sites to moments of sublime peace and tr

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Facebook is supposed to be a tool we can use to market ourselves and our art, right? But you can’t just open an account and get followers. It doesn’t work that way. You have to build a following. So how can you make people follow you on Facebook? It’s a legitimate question! In some ways, it’s more difficult than

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Recently published: Should I Sell Art On Etsy? These 5 Facts Will Help You Decide By Catherine Jeltes How to Paint Magnolia Blossoms: A Step-by-Step Chinese Brush Painting Tutorial By Kelli McNichols How to Add a DIY Storage Wall to Your Art Studio for Under $100 By Lynn Edwards Plus, visit EmptyEasel.com for many more arti

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Are your canvases piled up in a jumble? Can you access your easel without moving stacks of storage boxes? No matter what size your studio is, you’d probably like more storage space. And you might think the solution—a wall of storage units that tidily houses all of your supplies—is beyond your financial means. Thin

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In my last tutorial we explored painting sunflowers in the Chinese Brush painting style. This time we will be painting Magnolia blossoms on a branch. Required Chinese brush painting supplies For this painting you will need a medium-size mixed-hair brush, often called a “flow” or “combination” brush.

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Founded in 2005, Etsy has made many changes in the interest of growing their business—but recent changes have caused some artists to re-evaluate their use of the popular online platform. Here are some things to consider before adding—or keeping—Etsy as one of your art sales platform: 1. Etsy is known for frequent (

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Read the latest: Starting an Art Business? Here’s What it REALLY Takes. . . By Carrie Lewis Featured Artist Alison Bignon: Abstract Mixed-media Portraits & Performance Art How to Exhibit Your Art Locally, and Enter Juried Shows and Competitions By Yolanda Fernandez-Shebeko Plus, visit EmptyEasel.com for more articles

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I recently received the following question from a loyal EmptyEasel reader who is also an oil painter: I have been following your blog on EmptyEasel and used it to teach myself how to paint. My biggest problem seems to be that nothing is drying fast enough. On my next color layer I have waited at […] The post

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Calgary-based painter David Grudniski is a storyteller. It doesn’t matter that he uses bright colors instead of characters, or scribbled lines instead of words—each of his paintings conveys a unique, bold narrative, loudly and full of life. Many of David’s stories start out as simple scenes which he then bu

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I have been involved with art ever since I was a child and studied fine art in college. For years I worked mostly in pen and ink, but about one and a half years ago I discovered coloured pencil—and I love them. I am by no means an expert but would like to share some […] The post

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Being creative is scary. I often feel conflicted between pursuing my freedom of expression as I paint a landscape, versus accurately capturing what I see in the landscape I’m painting. For as much of the painting as I can, I don’t try to control my process. I use creative techniques and play about with different

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Monday in General Art Advice – UK landscape painter Diane Griffiths will share 3 questions she asks herself before declaring a painting “finished.” If you struggle with knowing when a painting is done, make sure to tune in tomorrow for that! Tuesday in Painting Tutorials – Carrie Lewis will answer a reade

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I am a recent orphan from Vango gallery, which went out of business last year. The only website I had was through Vango. . . I was with them for two years, and sold several paintings through their platform (including the three in this post). I’m glad I sent my contact information on a thank-you […] The

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I always wished I could draw. I longed to be able to capture on paper what I saw out in the real world. Inspiration would strike and I’d try again. . . only to end up with the same result: a drawing that looked more like the flat, two-dimensional hieroglyphs you’d find on an Egyptian […] The post

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Mixed-media artist Zelene Schlosberg creates unique three-dimensional artworks that are a lovely blend of both sculpture and paintings. Using items like thread, wood, canvas, and stone, Zelene constructs textural pieces of art that somehow feel incredibly simple and modern, while still offering a comparable amount of vis

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I didn’t start painting until I retired from teaching. . . up until that point, I didn’t realize that I could do anything with a brush or even draw! Then, a painting lesson just for fun changed my life. Now I take workshops with various artists, read art books, and practice painting for hours and […] The

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Sunflowers are very fun to paint in the Chinese Brush painting style. This is a painting style that uses simple brushstrokes to convey the essence of a subject. For today’s project we will be focusing on the xieyi style which means “to write a picture.” There is no pre-drawing of a subject; all painting is [

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Monday in Painting Tutorials – Tomorrow, art teacher and painter Kelli McNichols will demonstrate how to paint sunflowers using the Chinese brushpainting method. Don’t miss it! Tuesday in General Art Advice – Are you looking for better ways to sell art locally? Drop by on Tuesday to learn the two methods Doris

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A few years ago a brick & mortar gallery contacted me to let me know they were interested in exhibiting my paintings. I was delighted since they were only about a 5 hour drive from my home. Sending the paintings by FedEx was expensive especially the larger ones, so my husband Don offered to drive there and […

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