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When you think of local art shows, a few things might come to mind. Perhaps you think of your local art association, a popular local events for the arts, or an annual show organized around a particular theme. I’ve participated in a local themed show in my community for the past several years, and every [...]

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Angela Westerman’s surreal, fantasy artwork encourages people to examine their world a bit more closely, and challenge their own preconceptions. . . especially the integration of nature, humankind, and technology. By creating her artwork on a large scale, Angela allows her viewers to linger over the tiniest, most intricat

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In my last article I described how I started a drawing of a landscape at sunrise. If you missed that article, or if you would like to review it, you can read it here. This what the drawing looked like at the end of that article. Today I’ll be demonstrating how I finished it. Like [...]

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EmptyEasel will be on its “spring break” hiatus starting tomorrow morning, so there will be no new articles posted this week. We’ve still got you covered though. . . check out a few of our recently published articles below, or sign up for an online art class at Craftsy.com. Their big spring sale is conveni

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When you’re first taught to paint with a limited palette, you’re usually given three primary colors—red, yellow and blue. Limiting yourself to just a few colors teaches you how to mix colors correctly, see value and temperature, and encourages thought and planning in your color choices. Today we’ll discuss a dif

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Back in March I wrote an article describing how 6 business owners created the perfect taglines for their businesses. Today, I’m going to go one step further and discuss how to craft a tagline that will not only work for your art business, but also help you get noticed by the right people. Know who [...]

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If you’re anything like me, you probably have a pile of colored pencils too short to be sharpened any further somewhere in your studio. Pencils are expensive and you just can’t bear to throw away the leftovers. . . but what can you do with them? Like many artists, I’m reluctant to throw away anything [...]

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This Monday there will be no new article posted on EmptyEasel, in honor of Memorial Day here in the US. If you’re celebrating with us, either here or abroad, we hope you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend! Tuesday in Drawing Tips – We all know the pain of buying art supplies. . . we squeeze [...]

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Eric Francis started out painting cartoon characters. He learned everything he could from books and later went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio painting from Centenary College in Louisiana. After college, painting took a backseat to earning a living. . . that is, until the day he became too ill to [...]

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We all know we should back up our computers. None of us seem to do it, however. To me, talking about backups is kind of like talking about flossing. . . Until it hurts no one wants to listen. Fair enough. I, however, have already lost plenty data and have needed a few teeth drilled, [...]

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After obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Jerry La Point began his artistic career with exuberance, exhibiting commercially in solo and group shows for 14 years. His work has been showcased in galleries from Atlanta, Ga. to Blowing Rock, N.C. His success lies very obviously in his m

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As an artist, you’ve spent hours honing your craft, learning the latest techniques and practicing your skills to get to the level you’re at today. But there are many other skills that will also help to make you a successful artist—and no, these aren’t skills related to your craft. Here are five skills th

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It’s not always easy to figure out your brand, let alone take specific actions which will create a brand that art buyers grasp. Yet, without an identifiable brand, it’s hard to sell art. So today we’re going to spend a little time explaining ways you can increase awareness about your brand. Here are four q

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Staying organized is a chore, I know. And reading about staying organized isn’t any fun either. But even though “workflow” isn’t the sexiest photography topic, searching through countless images to find one photo is way too tedious to do every day. And losing photos is even uglier. . . trust me. So put your

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Oil painter John Wentz’s interest in art began at the age of six upon discovering Batman and Spiderman comic books. The artist, who was born and raised in the Bay Area of San Francisco, has carried over his artistic talents as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator into something new. . . and a [...]

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In today’s article I’ll be using traditional colored pencils to finish a project that began with a drawing in water-soluble colored pencil. I started this drawing using brushes and a homemade “palette” of colors drawn with the water-soluble pencils. If you haven’t read the first article yet, I enco

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Joining an arts collective can help you advance your arts career in many ways. A collective will offer networking and collaboration opportunities, events and exhibitions, advocacy, and even shared studio space and discounts off materials. But what if there isn’t an arts collective in your city? Or, what if the ones th

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Monday in General Art Advice – Creating art for a living can feel a bit solitary at times, especially when it comes to marketing your work to the public. But why go it alone? Drop in tomorrow to learn how you can start your own arts collective, and begin working with other artists to promote, [...]

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Kevin Meredith started out as an art student, but after starting a family of his own, he put away his paints and took another career choice. Thirty-two years later, for no other reason than he missed painting, he decided to “dust off his paintbrushes to test his earlier talent.” Then one day he approached his [.

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Although South African artist Cecilia Rosslee now resides in California, both of her sunny homes are surely inspiration for her light-filled oil paintings. Her work brings interior and exterior locations to life, as well as reflecting some of her favorite things and people. With clients that include the ever-famous Planet H

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Despite the wide variety of photographic muses that people chase, nearly everyone who has a camera sooner or later will want to take photos at a party, a backyard barbeque, or (if you’re Elliott Erwitt) strangers at the zoo. We just ALL like people pictures! There’s also a long tradition in literature and art of [..

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Creating art from found or recycled objects is usually called “up-cycling” because it’s less about breaking items down, and more about taking a complete item and reworking it to make it into something more beautiful or useful. The trick with up-cycled artwork is to find the right sort of objects to transfo

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Monday in General Art Advice – Drop in tomorrow for several helpful pointers from Steff Metal on where to find cheap (or free!) previously-used objects to create your own “up-cycled” art. Tuesday in Photography Tips – EE’s resident photographer Zach McCabe will be sharing three excellent tips f

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EmptyEasel will be taking a short hiatus this week, as we work on finishing up a few side projects, but we’ll be back to our normal schedule next Sunday. In the meantime, don’t miss our articles from last week: 4 Questions to Consider Before Renting a Space for Your Art Studio How to Start a [...]

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Between writing a weekly blog post, a monthly newsletter, and various marketing materials, the idea of keeping your Facebook fan page up-to-date can be daunting, to say the least. But if you follow these 4 tips, you can create a daily/weekly/monthly posting schedule that’s effortless and loads of fun! 1. Automate your

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Have you ever focused on a long-term photography project? By that I mean, set yourself a photographic goal and worked on it (if not exclusively, at least intentionally) for a few weeks, months, or even years? If you haven’t, don’t let the idea be overwhelming or intimidating. To improve yourself as a photographe

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Susan Easton Burns paints living things as a way of finding balance on this big blue marble of a world—intuitively, spontaneously, and naturally. “I choose to paint nature because I am a part of nature,” Susan explains. “We humans are much like animals. The main difference is animals have no fear of the future. They

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Today, I’ll show you how to start a colored pencil drawing with water soluble colored pencils. I’ll be using Strathmore 300 lb. watercolor paper and Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle pencils. If you’re following along, you’ll also need a few other supplies, including gummed craft paper tape, a smooth, cle

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Many artists eventually outgrow the home studio or backyard shed. Moving into a studio space enables rooms in the home to be freed up, and can provide a huge boost to the artist’s business via the studio’s marketing initiatives. A dynamic studio space filled with other practicing artists also offers a support ne

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Monday in General Art Advice – Are you running out of space in your spare bedroom/temporary art studio? If so, come back tomorrow for some helpful advice on renting studio space—it’s the perfect article if you want to get out of your house, but don’t know where to start! Tuesday in Drawing Tips – E

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