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For centuries, artists have told their students and proteges to invest in the best tools possible: the best marble and chisels, the best paper and charcoal, the best supports and paints. It’s such a popular refrain that it’s become cliche—but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. The fact of the matter is that you get

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Monday in Drawing Tips – Tomorrow, Carrie Lewis will explain why you shouldn’t be afraid to buy expensive colored pencils—plus, she’ll also share some tips for how to get started without breaking the bank! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by for a look at Evgeniy Monahov’s figure paintings

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There will be no new articles posted this week on EmptyEasel (we’re taking a little time off to finish up some current projects) but we’ll be back to our normal schedule next Sunday. See you then! Last week’s articles on EmptyEasel: An Interview with Plein-Air Painter and Outdoors Adventurer Emilie Lee Col

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I’ve been doing a lot of colored pencil work on sanded pastel paper the last few weeks. Among the lessons I’ve learned is that it’s possible to create highly detailed drawings on sanded pastel paper. It just takes a few special considerations. First, what is sanded pastel paper? Sanded pastel paper is a type o

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Kris Kullengren (or Krs, as he signs his work) is a Swedish painter currently living and working in Japan. His consistent use of bold colors, dynamic lines, and a mix of organic and patterned compositions make for extremely vibrant, enganging artwork—take a look below, and enjoy! The Earth Well has a double-meaning to Krs

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Where are you located? I just moved to Santa Barbara, CA two months ago! Your full-time job and/or education? I’m a painter, and I went to Rhode Island School of Design/Grand Central Atelier. What is a little known fact you would like to share? I won my first art contest when I was 2! You’ve [...]

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Created by two art teachers from New York, the Artist Cargo on Kickstarter is a practical and rugged sketchbook keeper/art supply organizer—the perfect alternative to a messy backpack or toolbox full of art supplies! Made of sturdy artist canvas with two pockets in the front and one large one in the back (perfect for a [.

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Taking inspiration from the flora, fauna, and landscapes of the South, Kris Muntan creates colorful abstract paintings with a wide variety of mixed-media. Lately, her interest in oil and cold wax (applied with palette knives rather than brushes) has created a stunning series of highly textural paintings that are well-worth

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Most of us WANT to have online sales of our art, even if we don’t particularly like managing a website or spending time away from our easels. After all, an online presence gives us access to a global market. We can reach potential collectors even while doing other things, and that means a chance to [...]

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Monday in Other Tutorials – Carrie Lewis will share Part 5 of her series on creating and selling an art class via email. This week, she explains some of the final details for accepting payments and automating your lessons for students! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by for a look at some amazing abstracts [.

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On your way to becoming a professional artist, you will be frequently hit with these types of questions. Ready? • What’s your favorite subject matter? • What kind of art do you make? • What sort of paintings do you do? In the past, you might have said, “Uhhh. . . I paint all kinds [...]

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Sharon Sieben’s paintings are a wonderful mix of bold colors and strong lines. Her favorite subject is the human figure, often depicted in a loose, gestural style surrounded by expressive, mood-filled compositions. In Decisions, shown below, we can see all the hallmarks of Sharon’s unique style. A strong figure

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So you’ve published a brand new email art class. The hard work is done! Now you can sit back and watch the bucks roll in as new students sign up. Right? Wrong. For most of us creative types, the hard work (marketing!) is still ahead. But before you throw your hands up in despair, let [...]

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Monday in Other Tutorials – Carrie Lewis will continue her very informative series (this will be Part 4) on how to create and sell your own art lessons by email. Want to get caught up on parts 1, 2, and 3? Click the links and check ‘em out! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by [...]

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So you’ve decided to generate some additional income by selling your own art course by email. Good for you! You’ve chosen your topic, created your individual lessons, and maybe even put them out there for a few select students to review. Now you’re ready for the rest of the world to sign up and take [...]

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Current events seem to be on overload: earthquakes, hurricanes, fires and health problems, to name a few. I’m guessing we’re all feeling a little overwhelmed and maybe somewhat helpless as we read the news—day after day. After we donate money, express our opinions on Facebook and lament with friends, in private moment

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Monday in Motivation – It’s hard to feel positive when hurricanes, earthquakes, and political unrest (just to give a few examples) are on every news channel. That’s why tomorrow Phawnda Moore will share a simple way that we, as artists, can encourage and bring hope to those around us. Please join us! Tuesd

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Welcome to the second installment of my series on setting up and promoting your own email art class. Didn’t read the first article? Take a moment to find why you might want to do an email art class and how to find ideas for your class. OK, ready for Part 2? Let’s get started! Step [...]

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Last month my husband and I lost George, a friend who had just celebrated his 90th birthday. At the celebration of life service, I learned a few new things about him from his family and friends—they noted his many accomplishments and how he continued doing what mattered to him, even after having a serious stroke. [...]

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On Monday there will be no new article published in honor of Labor Day here in the US. Have a wonderful holiday weekend! Tuesday in Other Tutorials – Phawnda Moore returns with a fantastic “bleeding tissue” tutorial for adding vibrant color to your next handmade card. Wednesday in Other Tutorials – C

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If you’re like me, you’re always seeing great opportunities to sketch and paint. But it isn’t easy to carry lots of brushes, pencils, or other studio equipment. . . and much too often, those opportunities fall by the wayside. Luckily, two artists from the UK have launched a Kickstarter project that is the

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Formerly a Disney feature animation artist, Patrick McClintock has just recently entering the world of fine art with his stunning watercolors and oil paintings. Take a minute to explore a few of his works below! This first painting, entitled Big Floral, is a perfect example of Patrick’s ability to deftly blend soft co

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Every artist I know is looking for ways to increase their income. Often that means teaching art. Or finding new ways to teach art. That’s what happened to me. . . For most of my career, my focus was on portrait work. Equine portraits in particular. But over the last couple of years, my focus [...]

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Monday in Other Tutorials – Check out part one of Carrie Lewis’s new series on how to make a little extra income through teaching art. . . by email! If you already teach art students, or you know you COULD teach your own art techniques, swing by to learn how it works! Tuesday in Featured [...]

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We’re taking the next few days off at EE, but we wanted to share an awesome deal our friends at ArtSquare cooked up to make this week extra special: ArtSquare has created a database of art festivals and exhibition opportunities, and negotiatied discounts of up to 50% on all of them. The goal is to [...]

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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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