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EmptyEasel is taking a short break starting tomorrow morning, so there will be no new articles posted this week. We’ve still got you covered though. . . check out our latest articles below, or take advantage of Craftsy’s latest deal: access to all of their online art classes, absolutely free, for an entire week!

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Working from his home studio in Claremont, CA, Kenneth Johnson puts the finishing touches on another highly-textured, jewel-like paintings—the latest in his new series entitled Past, Present, and Future Tense. Using typical artist brushes and palette knives alongside more non-traditional tools taken from the kitchen, gard

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Do you sell art in two or more different mediums? Maybe sometimes you work on paper with dry media (pencils, charcoal, etc) and other times you work on canvas with paint. . . have you noticed your pencil work selling more slowly than other mediums? I certainly have! My specialty has always been horse portraits, [...]

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Monday in General Art Advice – Do you create art in two or more mediums? And if so, have you ever notice one medium not selling as well as the other? Tomorrow, Carrie Lewis will discuss her own experience with that (as both an oil painter and a colored pencil artist) and will share some [...]

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After graduating from Mumbai University with his art degree, Vivek Vadkar dove into painting, combining his two favorite subjects: landscapes and figures—and the results are simply stunning. Vivek’s eye for composition is excellent, elevating normal, everyday moments into fine art. Whether it’s an outdoor mark

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Every artist across the ages has spent at least part of their early years looking for the perfect drawing or painting method. Some continue that search all their artistic lives. I don’t know if it’s the artistic personality, or something else, but there always seems like there could be a better way. I’m no different.

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Monday in Drawing Tips – Tomorrow Carrie Lewis will share her favorite drawing method (versus other techniques she’s tried) and why you might like it too! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by for a look at Vivek Kisan Vadkar’s gorgeous paintings of India. As always, feel free to submit your own artw

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Have you ever come across a product that isn’t necessarily intended for artists, but as soon as you see it, you think “wow. . . I could use that a hundred different ways in the studio!” That’s exactly how I feel about IdeaPaint Clear. IdeaPaint is a company that makes dry erase paint. They sell [...]

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After watching a colleague slowly succumb to the devastating effects of cancer, Eric De Becker began to paint. Like many artists, he painted portraits, to give a glimpse of the human experience—but that’s where the similarities ended. His project, entitled 100 Faces, shows humanity in a harsh, truthful light. Each h

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I know, I know. You’re busy. You’re trying to create top-quality art, promote that art or your art business, work a full- or part-time job, and manage your personal life. Whose got time to draw from life? That’s what I used to think, anyway. Every minute of studio time was devoted to client work. There [...]

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Monday in General Art Advice – Tomorrow, Carrie Lewis will share 5 great reasons why every one of us should make a habit of drawing from life. Don’t miss it! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop in for a look at Eric De Becker’s hauntingly emotional 100 Faces project. . . it’s raw, and real, [...

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A riot of flowers are finally blooming in our yard, which means spring is officially here! :) To celebrate, here are 8 different tutorials to help you paint those gorgeous, colorful flowers springing up outside: How to Draw Realistic Flowers 3 Unusual Ways to Make Your Paintings POP! Jazz Up Your Watercolors with Decorative

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Ever-fascinated by naturally-occurring cracks, shadows, and repeating patterns in nature, Don Wunderlee’s vividly-painted abstracts are—at their core—a gorgeous re-imagining of the world around us. At first glance, Don’s paintings feel random and organic, but that’s not entirely true. All of his pieces

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We’re all busy these days. Work. Family. Community activities and other commitments. You don’t have to see a person’s daily planner to know they’re rushing from one thing to another. You have only to look out your window. Or at all the traffic with you on your commute. And of course, artists are no different. [...]

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Monday in General Art Advice – Ever feel like your days are packed so full that you’ve got no time for art? If so, drop by tomorrow for 5 ways to fit creative time back into your busy schedule! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Make sure to check out a few of Don Wunderlee’s colorful, [...]

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As I was browsing through Kickstarter the other day, I came across a fully funded project from a few years back that looked like an incredible tool for artists—especially those who need to take perfect photos of their small artwork. The tool was called SHOTBOX, and it was basically a well-lit box with places to [...]

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Want to experience the magic and mystery of New Zealand’s breathtaking landscapes without leaving home? Look no further than Auckland-based oil painter Rosanne Croucher. Rosanne’s paintings are stunning on several levels. Not only does she accurately capture the vast, untamed vistas of her island country (with a

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Today I’m going to answer three anonymous questions asked by EmptyEasel readers. The questions are wide-ranging, but each of these artists is really just looking to improve their skills and solve problems. If these questions have been on your mind as well, I hope my answers help! Q: Can you use white out or correction

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Monday in General Art Advice – Tomorrow, Carrie Lewis will answer 3 reader questions from artists like you. Got an art-related question of your own that you’d like us to answer? Let us know! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Don’t miss seeing Rosanne Croucher’s gorgeous oil paintings of New Zealand

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Over the course of the last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at drawing a landscape on sanded art paper. I began the series by describing the first round of layering and blending color. The second part covered the next phase of work. If you missed either of those two parts, you can read Part 1 [...]

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Gerard Boersma paints people doing things they rarely think about—like walking on the street, standing at the deli counter, or getting cash from an ATM. Given his subject matter, and his hyperrealistic style, at first glance, you might think his paintings are photographs. . . but if you take a longer look, you’ll st

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A small group of artists and activists in Ohio is working on cleaning up pollution that seeps into rivers and waterways from abandoned coal mines. And guess what? They found an incredible way to do it! Their solution is to extract the harmful metals (iron oxide) from polluted streams and turn that pollution into gorgeous [.

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Monday in Motivation – Want to change the world with your art? Come back tomorrow to learn about a group of artists and activists who are cleaning up polluted waterways by turning that toxic pollution into non-toxic paint pigment YOU can use. Tuesday in Featured Artists – Gerard Boersma creates hyperrealistic pa

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Last time, I began a tutorial showing you how to draw a landscape on sanded art paper. In that article, we worked through the first layers of color and ended with a solvent blend. Here’s how our landscape looked after the first blend. For this article, we’ll be working through the drawing for the second [...]

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After a long career painting theatrical sets and life-size backdrops for the stage, Sarah Baptist took the plunge into full time oil painting. Her small scale paintings of vibrant street corners, colorful buildings, and other urban scenes are full of energy and tantalizingly familiar—almost as though each one is a half-re

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Spring’s on the way! As the seasons change, many artists also sense a shift in their focus and goals. We’re more energetic, more aware, more responsive. The sights of a “new” earth can inspire poetry, even if we think we’re not poets! Whether you’re on the West Coast (like me, where winters aren’t so h

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Happy Spring, everyone! We’re taking an impromptu break this week to get outside and enjoy the great weather, but we’ll see you back here next Sunday! Last week’s articles on EmptyEasel: 5 Ways to Get Past Art Sales “Failure” Alberto Ortega: American Suburbs at Night How to Draw a Landscape on Sanded A

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Last summer I did a lot of experimenting with colored pencil on sanded art paper. Despite having done a piece or two a few years back, I wasn’t sure how I’d like the surface for more detailed landscapes. After completing a couple more this year, it’s safe to say I like it! If you want [...]

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Born in Seville, Spain, Alberto Ortega now lives and paints in Raleigh, North Carolina. His work focuses on the landscapes that we create for ourselves—our suburbs and our homes—at night. Alberto’s paintings, are, for the most part, a stage in which we can envision our own lives. Interestingly, you’ll never

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Success in art is often determined by the number of pieces sold, or the price paid for the artwork. Failure is typically described, by even some of highest earning artists, as “fewer than expected” or no sales. But there’s a better way to view the entire process. Yes, sales are important. But buyers are th

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