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If you’re truly serious about marketing your artwork or art services, then you need to get serious (right now) about building an email list. “Email!?” You’re probably saying to yourself. “But everyone’s been telling me that social media is the place to be!” Well unfortunately, as po

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You’ve finished your latest masterpiece, and you know it’s the best one so far this month. Drink in that enjoyment, toast your talents, and taste how sweet it is. You may be able to enjoy that piece yet for a while in your studio. Don’t bid farewell just yet! After all, whether you sell a [...]

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So you’ve decided that your brand as an artist needs to be on social media. . . but maybe you have have no idea how to get started! That’s OK. The social media landscape can be confusing for an entrepreneur, let alone a seasoned veteran, but fear not! We’re going to dive in and sort [...]

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Warm up exercises for drawing are shown in the photo above. On the left and center sheets, explore your pencils’ value range using pressure. Make reference pages; you’ll be glad you did! On the right, try a simple, classic alphabet. If you haven’t already gotten acquainted with what different types of pencils can do,

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Chad Raymo is a self taught Edmonton-born artist (and the co-founder of Mandela Studios) who paints primarily in acrylic—with a little bit of mixed-media experimentation thrown in, when the occasion calls for it! Chad’s stunning portraits blend graffiti-inspired colors and textures with a hint of modern, pop-art sen

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Is there ever a right time to give up on a particular artistic medium? And if so, how do you know that time is right now? I’ll be perfectly honest, I’ve thought about ditching colored pencils a time or two. Probably every artist has asked that question at one time or another. But how do [...]

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Monday in Motivation – Have you ever wanted to just walk away from a particular medium? If so, drop in tomorrow for Carrie Lewis’s helpful suggestions on when you definitely SHOULD walk away. . . and a few times you shouldn’t, too. Tuesday in Featured Artists – Don’t miss out your chance to see

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Have you ever wished it was just a little bit easier to hang your artwork? Framing, matting, measure, hammering. . . it’s too much! Luckily, there’s a great little product on IndieGoGo that solves all that: OpenBox. OpenBox is simple and practical—and it’s great for both kids and adults (in fact, OpenBox

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Today we’ll be showcasing some gorgeous floral paintings by Betty Dean, a watercolor, acrylic, and mixed-media artist from Alberta Canada. As many of you know, I love big paintings with bold color, and Betty’s floral pieces have COLOR in spades! She also plays with pattern and texture to create multi-layered pai

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A lot of artists I speak with are uncertain about whether or not their images are safe online—and truthfully, it’s a valid concern. However, there are a few ways you can protect your images (and your copyright) if you decide to put your artwork photos on the internet. Here are 8 of the most common [...]

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Monday in Selling Art Online – Carrie Lewis shares several different ways that artists can protect their images from being copied and/or stolen online. Don’t miss it! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by for a look at several gorgeous abstract florals by Betty Dean this Tuesday. As always, if you’d

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Hey everyone! We’re taking a short break from publishing new articles here at EmptyEasel, but we’ll be back to our normal schedule next Sunday. Until then, enjoy last week’s posts and stay cool! Last week’s articles on EmptyEasel: The Art of Connecting, Communicating, and Completing any Conversation

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If you’re already a professional artist, or if you want to be a professional artist, do you NEED to sell your art online? You might think by now this question has clearly been decided. But the debate is still ongoing, with strong convictions on both sides. What’s the right answer? Is there a right answer? [...]

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Are you ready to see a completely new (and wonderful!) type of painting? Christina Massey’s mixed-media pieces almost defy description. They’re displayed as paintings, but they’re also completely sculptural, extending from the wall in waves, gathers, and pleats, fairly bombarding the viewer with color, lin

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The art reception was in a bright airy space. The artwork was well-curated and professionally displayed. I arrived early enough to start a couple of conversations with the artist. ‘Thanks for coming—oh I’ll be right back.” A minute later. . . “Now where were we?” When I spoke with the artist a couple of days [..

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Monday in General Art Advice – Art coach Aletta de Wal returns with another installment in her latest series on selling art. Tomorrow, she’s talking about connecting and communicating with potential buyers (and it’s definitely worth a read!) Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by for a look at Christi

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Let’s see what happens when paper and tea meet up—intentionally. Recently I took a variety of black, green, and herb teas and applied them to watercolor paper and heavy-weight mixed media paper. The photo above shows the dyed papers resulting from black Lipton tea, green tea, and tinted tea, such as wine or rose. Aren

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New Hampshire-based artist Norma Torti’s landscape paintings are a study in peaceful compositions and soothing colors. Each painting below showcases her state’s gorgeous scenery with subtle care. . . take a look, and enjoy! Entitled Marsh House, this first painting depicts a small cottage nestled in the woods ne

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Let’s talk about two simple facts about marketing. • Marketing is necessary (yes, even for artists) • Anyone can be a marketer I’m an artist myself and I happen to look at marketing as a necessary nuisance. Most artists would probably agree with me. But let’s take a few minutes to determine whether or not [...

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Monday in Art Marketing Tips – Come by tomorrow and learn the two things every artist should know about marketing, from Carrie Lewis. Don’t miss it! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop in on Tuesday for a look at some serene waterways and landscapes by the very talented Norma Torti. As always, if you’

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Some time ago, I wrote a series of articles sharing how to find a gallery for your art and how to present your artwork to a gallery. One thing I haven’t addressed, however, is what to do if you’re rejected by the gallery you approach. And that’s important. Because the sad truth is that more [...]

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With an eye for color and a steady hand, Gill Miller’s Southern California abstracts are simply a joy to behold. Each one is created with vibrant hues of acrylic spray paint applied in vertical stripes and geometric patterns—and while you’d expect to see this type of painting displayed on the walls of a high-e

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In recent years, there’s been a huge surge in the popularity of watercolour illustration, particularly relating to food. Brands are looking for softer, more natural visual representations of their products, and illustrators are responding with increasingly creative techniques. Georgina Luck is a Sussex-based artist wh

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Monday in Painting Tutorials – Have you noticed all the delicious-looking food illustrations popping up these days? Tomorrow we’ll share 5 tips from Cowling & Wilcox on how to make your watercolor food paintings really shine! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Gill Miller is an abstract artist using the med

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We’re taking a couple of days off for summer vacation here at EmptyEasel, so there’ll be no new articles published this week. Everything will be back to normal next Sunday, however. . . so until then, enjoy the beautiful weather and stay cool! Last week’s articles on EmptyEasel: How to Get Past the Post-Pr

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Award-winning portrait artist, Timothy Chambers, has just released a new book. . . a coloring book for adults called Seeing Beautiful Through the Journey of Life. He’d probably be the first to admit he never expected to write and publish a coloring book. But then again, his journey hasn’t ever been a typical one

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Ezshwan Winding is an incredibly talented artist with over 60 years of painting experience (and over 9 years of teaching workshops). Her extensive online portfolio showcases both her abstracts and figurative pieces, most often in oil or encaustic. As beautiful as her abstracts are, however, today I’m going to focus so

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Let me guess. . . you’ve just finished your Big Project, one that took weeks of labor to complete, setting a new standard for yourself both professionally and personally. You put time, effort, and passion into it, and while it was underway, you didn’t think about anything else. For weeks, your focus has been The

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Monday in General Art Advice – Drop by tomorrow for an article entitled “How to Get Past the Post-Project Blues” by Carrie Lewis. As a creative individual who thrives on projects, I know exactly what she’s talking about—and she’s got some great advice on how to deal with it! Tuesday in Featur

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You’ve worked on a complicated, vignette-style drawing for hours. You’re almost finished when you notice a stray mark on the background. What’s worse, the mark is too close to the subject to just crop it out. You’re heart drops into your stomach. All that work, and the drawing is ruined. Or is it? This exact [...]

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