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Recently published on EE How to Draw EXACTLY What You See (A complete still life drawing course) Currently the first 3 lessons from the course are free! Click here to learn more and download your free lessons! Coming up this week: Just in time for your summer vacation plans, Carrie Lewis will share how to travel light AND c

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First off. . . Happy Mother’s Day! To my mom, and EVERY mom out there, have a wonderful day of celebration, love, and relaxation. :) Recently published on EE How to Know When a Drawing is Finished By Carrie Lewis Plus. . . EmptyEasel’s brand-new drawing course is finally here! If you’re looking to improve

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I often have trouble deciding when a drawing is finished. Every drawing begins with such lofty goals—I can see it in my mind’s eye—that it’s impossible to meet them. There always seems like something else to do. The end result never meets expectation, so it can be difficult knowing when to sign a drawing and

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After a few delays. . . our brand new drawing ebook is nearly ready! Yesterday we got our first glimpse of the cover. Take a look! As I mentioned last week, this all-new drawing guide builds on our most popular drawing tutorial, How to Draw What You See. If you’re interested in improving your drawing skills, check out

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Our brand new ebook for artists is almost here! We’ve created an in-depth drawing guide based on our most popular drawing tutorial, How to Draw What You See, and we’re launching it this week! If you’re interested in improving your drawing skills, check out the original post here and sign up to be notified

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Coming soon: A brand-new drawing ebook from EmptyEasel! This week we’re working hard to finish a new ebook based on one of our most popular articles, How to Draw What You See! If you’re interested in improving your drawing skills, visit that post and sign up to be notified when the ebook is ready! Is there somet

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Recently published on EE How to Make a Living Selling Art at Juried Art Shows By Marjorie Bowers Magical Photo Illustrations by Regina Dmytryshyna EE featured artist Is there something you’d like to share on EE? Send it in! EmptyEasel is proud to publish reader-submitted articles nearly every week. Please submit your

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In my “former” life (as I like to call it) I owned an exhibits company. For years, my job was to work on trade shows, build exhibits, and create product show rooms for big companies like AT&T, Samsung, and so on. So I was intrigued when I learned that there was an entire community of artists who traveled fro

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Regina Dmytryshyna is a fine art photographer who specializes in creating fantastical scenes using photography and photo manipulation. Her goal in crafting these surreal photographs is to give a glimpse of the inner feelings of her subjects—whether those emotions are dark and sad, or full of hope. In Broken Doll, below, R

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Recently published on EE How to Get Back to Your Creative Center By Janet Bonneau The Meaning and History of “Guernica” EmptyEasel’s in-depth analysis of Picasso’s most famous Cubist painting Plus, coming up later this week. . . You may have noticed that we bumped a few articles from last week’

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About a year ago I began struggling with these questions: “Why am I painting? What is my real purpose? Why bother when it’s all been done before?” I needed to find some deeper meaning to my art. I’d become bored with my own art and kept thinking “What more can I say that hasn’t already been said?R

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Recently published on EE How to Sell Your Drawings By Carrie Lewis 5 Salvador Dali Paintings Every Artist Should Know By Dan Duhrkoop Valeria Feliú – Powerful, Contemporary Portraits in Oil Featured artist How to Make Time to Promote Your Art on Social Media By Laura Barbosa And, coming up later this week. . . Janet Bonn

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Being connected to social media is definitely one of the keys to my art success. It took me many years to achieve international recognition, but Facebook, Friendfeed, Twitter, Linkedin, and Flickr have all been extremely important in introducing my artwork to thousands of viewers over time. No matter how busy you are, I bel

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As a young child growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentica, Valeria Feliú always knew she wanted to be an artist—and whether it was drawing, painting, ceramics, or photography, Valeria never stopped creating. After getting her degree in Visual Communications and living for a time in Sydney, Australia (where she worked in ar

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How well do you know the world’s favorite Surrealist painter? Salvador Dali was not only a prolific artist known for his Surreal landscapes and melting clocks, but a keen observer of the human condition, and an enthusiast of math and science. If you’re an artist yourself (heck, even if you’re not!) here ar

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I recently wrote an article describing how to get started selling art, no matter what kind of art you create. Today, however, I want to narrow my focus, and talk about how to sell drawings. My expertise is in colored pencils, specifically, but these techniques will help you sell any type of two-dimensional drawing on paper.

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Recently published on EE How to Sell Art: A Quick-start Guide for Artists By Carrie Lewis Joseph Bounds: Contemporary Cubist Portraits Last week’s featured artist Plus, if you’re looking for ways to grow your art career, make sure to explore Art Business Advice and Art Tutorials sections for a lot more helpful a

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North Carolina artist Joseph Bounds creates stunning, one-of-a-kind portraits and figure paintings by blending elements of Cubism, Neoclassicism, and Minimalism. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that his paintings ARE paintings, at first glance. The smooth application of paint (with very few visible brushstrokes) an

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As fun as it is to create art, most artists (myself included) can’t deny the thrill that comes from selling your art to someone who loves it. . . especially if you want your art to be a career, not just a hobby. So today I’m going to share 12 of the easiest ways to start selling your art—and for those of you j

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Recently published on EE Learn How to Oil Paint With the Best Oil Painting Video Tutorials Online! By Carrie Lewis How to Teach a Paint-Sip Art Class Without Losing your Soul (or your Mind) By Niki Hilsabeck How to Sell Art Directly From Your Studio By Margaret Modjeski Plus, check out our Art Business Advice and Art Tutori

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Like many artists, I have a website, Facebook, and Instagram. But I’ve had the most success selling art directly from my studio (with some help from social media). Here’s what I’ve learned: Your studio space matters I have a studio that I rent in Dunedin, Florida. The space houses 13 other resident artists

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When I first heard about the concept of a paint-sip (also known as paint and sips, art parties, wine & canvas parties, etc) I’ll admit that I shuddered. Why would a bunch of people want to walk out of a painting class with the same painting as 20 other people? The topic came up again and again in my own art workshops

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You’re probably reading this post because you’ve decided you want to learn to paint with oil paints, but aren’t sure where to start. Sure, you’ve browsed the supplies at the local art store, but there are so many brushes, brands of paint, and canvases, it boggles the mind. Maybe you’ve looked at some Y

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UK artist Lynda Minter delights in painting the “hidden gems” of London and the surrounding countryside.  Her frequent walks (and the occasional cycling trip) along along the River Thames offers her unlimited inspiration, from scenes of flurried activity at constructions sites to moments of sublime peace and tr

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Facebook is supposed to be a tool we can use to market ourselves and our art, right? But you can’t just open an account and get followers. It doesn’t work that way. You have to build a following. So how can you make people follow you on Facebook? It’s a legitimate question! In some ways, it’s more difficult than

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Recently published: Should I Sell Art On Etsy? These 5 Facts Will Help You Decide By Catherine Jeltes How to Paint Magnolia Blossoms: A Step-by-Step Chinese Brush Painting Tutorial By Kelli McNichols How to Add a DIY Storage Wall to Your Art Studio for Under $100 By Lynn Edwards Plus, visit EmptyEasel.com for many more arti

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Are your canvases piled up in a jumble? Can you access your easel without moving stacks of storage boxes? No matter what size your studio is, you’d probably like more storage space. And you might think the solution—a wall of storage units that tidily houses all of your supplies—is beyond your financial means. Thin

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In my last tutorial we explored painting sunflowers in the Chinese Brush painting style. This time we will be painting Magnolia blossoms on a branch. Required Chinese brush painting supplies For this painting you will need a medium-size mixed-hair brush, often called a “flow” or “combination” brush.

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Founded in 2005, Etsy has made many changes in the interest of growing their business—but recent changes have caused some artists to re-evaluate their use of the popular online platform. Here are some things to consider before adding—or keeping—Etsy as one of your art sales platform: 1. Etsy is known for frequent (

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Read the latest: Starting an Art Business? Here’s What it REALLY Takes. . . By Carrie Lewis Featured Artist Alison Bignon: Abstract Mixed-media Portraits & Performance Art How to Exhibit Your Art Locally, and Enter Juried Shows and Competitions By Yolanda Fernandez-Shebeko Plus, visit EmptyEasel.com for more articles

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