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I’ve heard opinions about “natural artistic talent” more than once recently. Usually it’s people saying that natural talent is a myth; that it doesn’t exist at all and never has. I’ll tell you up front that I disagree. But the two sides probably aren’t as far apart as it may at first seem. Why?

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Mixed-media artist Kathy Ferguson creates colorful, abstract artworks using paint, collage paper, and ink. “As a former engineer, the precision of science lets me feel in control,” she says, “but as an artist, I’m also drawn to the diversity of the natural world.” It shows—Kathy’s wo

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“How do I sell art online?” You only ask this question if you’re one of three people. You’re either an artist, professional art agent, or you’re an affiliate marketer who’s looking for ways to make money online. And regardless of the category you fall under, the answer to the opening question is the same: Pro

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In late 2017, The Society of Illustrators in New York featured an open-call for their members to create artwork on the subject of “Food” for an exhibition. At first I drew a blank on what to do. Food is such a broad subject. Then one evening I was preparing an octopus tentacle for dinner, and dangling […]

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Our normal weekly schedule is further down, but first, if you’ll permit me, I want to share a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) with all of you. Here at EmptyEasel, we truly believe that the best way to learn about art is from other artists. So this year, with your help, we’d like to do more of that […

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California-based painter and illustrator Ora Xu has a quirky, colorful style and a penchant for creating surrealist landscape paintings full of otherworldly creatures acting out inscrutible stories. This piece for instance, entitled I Don’t Care, I Don’t Care shows two fish swimming in a strange underwater wo

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Back in the “Good Ol’ Days” (before the internet) finding good art instruction was a fairly simple matter. There were only two basic choices: art school or private instruction. The internet—and especially YouTube—changed all that. Now, if you have internet access, you also have access to literally thous

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Monday in General Art Advice – There are tens of thousands of free art tutorials (and probably as many paid ones) available online. . . but as I’m sure you know, the quality and value of those tutorials vary greatly. Luckily, Carrie Lewis has some great tips on how to pick the best art tutorials […]

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Every so often in artistic circles I come across a debate over which is more important: inspiration or perspiration (otherwise known as effort). Artists generally side with one of these two phrases: “I only paint when I’m inspired.” “I paint whether I feel like it or not.” While it’s my firm belief that both

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Dutch painter Bianca Berends is a well-known portrait artist whose work encapsulates the freedom and fun of summer. Her children’s portraits (often featured bright colors and bold, expressive brushstrokes) are masterfully-painted and available both as originals and limited edition fine art prints. One of the very u

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Monday in Featured Artists – Drop in tomorrow for a look at some vibrant, colorful portraits by Bianca Berends. And as always, if you’d like your own art to be featured on EE, send it in! Wednesday in Motivation – Start the new year right with a fantastic article by Carrie Lewis, entitled The Importance […

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at EmptyEasel! We’re taking a few weeks off to celebrate the season, so there’ll be no new posts until December 30th. . . just in time to ring in the New Year. :) In the meantime, here are a few of our best holiday posts from […] The post

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Even advanced artists make mistakes, or misjudge things during the drawing process. It’s not only a fact of life; it’s part of the artistic process. And if I’ve learned anything in over 50 years of making art, it’s that my own art projects go off track more often than I care to admit. But you […] The

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Fine artist Doug Fluckiger has a passion for drawing anything from nature. Whether it’s a scattering of leaves covered in drewdrops, or a massive thunderstorm rolling over a mountain range, he draws it all in impressively photo-realistic detail. And while his work is often mistaken for photographs, each piece is pa

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If you’re an accomplished artist or are becoming well-known in your art community it’s quite likely that at some point you’ll be asked to conduct a demonstration or workshops based on a style or technique that is unique to you. Some people are natural instructors and presenters, and won’t have a p

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Monday in General Art Advice – Have you ever been asked to lead an art workshop, but you don’t have any idea where to start? If so, come by for Ingrid Mueller’s guest post tomorrow – she’ll share all her steps for creating an effective art workshop, with straightforward examples that any artist

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In a previous article, I shared a few ways artists can stay creative during the holidays. My tips included activities both in and outside the studio, and one of the tips I included was daily sketching. Today, I want to follow up on that idea, since daily sketching—or at least regular sketching—has helped me stay [

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Nicaraguan-born painter Lola Stanton is known for her fantastic florals, still life paintings, and portraits—and she infuses all of them with themes and elements that express her Latina heritage. In her recent series of portraits entitled “Latino Youth,” for example, Lola used the gorgeous architecture and

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Do you mix your own black oil paint, or use a black paint straight out of the tube? It’s certainly more convenient to buy black paint in the tube, but there are some definite benefits to mixing your own—like the ability to shift the color temperature of your black paint to harmonize better with your […]

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As many of you know, EmptyEasel runs a full-featured art website service just for artists over at Foliotwist.com. But what you may not know is that this past week we completed a truly mammoth update, and unlocked a ton of new features. :) We’ll go in-depth some other day, but for now, I’ll just give […]

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Put any two people in front of the same majestic landscape, and they’ll both remember it in their own unique way—and that concept influences everything Bulgarian painter Diana Yovcheva does. Diana uses her art to explore the link between the viewer and the landscape, allowing each viewer to build their own memory

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The year-end holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving was last Thursday, Christmas is just around the corner and New Year’s Day isn’t far behind. It’s a lot of activity packed into six weeks. For artists, the holidays can be a difficult time to get anything done in the studio. You may even be thinking about shutting

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Monday in General Art Advice – With the holiday season in full swing, it’s easy to get WAYYY too busy and lose that urge to make art. Luckily, Carrie Lewis has put together several festive and fun ways to stay creative all the way to New Years’s Day—come by tomorrow to learn more! Tuesday in […]

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We’re just about finished with our big project over at Foliotwist, but the last 5% always seems to be the most difficult! So this week instead of publishing new articles here, we’re focusing all our efforts over there. But – you CAN get some free video lessons from Anatomy Master Class! For a limited time

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Buying fine art prints is a great option if: • You are looking for quality and character vs mainstream generic art prints • You have a limited budget • You don’t want to commit yourself to art long-term (like with originals) I am an artist. I have always exhibited and sold my paintings through art […]

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Wasim Zaid is a Jordanian architect and artist whose current installation pieces are both a nod to the past, and a vision of the future. One immediate thing you’ll notice is his medium: Wasim uses a traditional style of sand art practiced in Jordan, with a few twists. For example, his containers are empty flourescent

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I’ve always loved drawing realistic clouds floating above my landscapes, but lately my interest in “cloud portraits” has grown to the point where I’d rather just draw clouds. . . by themselves! (Read The Adventure of the Artist’s Life to learn more about what brought on that change.) Of course,

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Monday in Drawing Tips – Tomorrow, Carrie Lewis will dig into the visual characteristics of clouds, and share some excellent tips on how to draw them realistically. Don’t miss it! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop in for a look at some amazing installation pieces by Wasim Habashneh, showcasing traditional Jordani

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This week we’re sharing five hand-picked tutorials from a few of the outstanding artist who have contributed to EmptyEasel in the past. Enjoy—and make sure to click through for more articles by these artists as well! 1. Don’t Know What to Paint Next? Here are 6 Great Painting Suggestions by Sandrine Pelissier 2. H

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This week we’re sharing five hand-picked tutorials from a few of the outstanding artist who have contributed to EmptyEasel in the past. Enjoy—and make sure to click through for more articles by these artists as well! 1. Don’t Know What to Paint Next? Here are 6 Great Painting Suggestions by Sandrine Pelissier 2. H

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