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It’s portrait & figure-drawing week on EmptyEasel! Ready to brush up on your people-drawing skills? Then make sure to check out all of the following posts on EE! 9 Very Common Figure Drawing Mistakes, And How to Avoid Them Can’t Find a Live Model to Draw or Paint From? Here’s a Great Alternative! How to [.

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In a previous post, I shared three questions you should answer before you start shopping for artwork. (Read that article here.) But now that you’ve considered those questions and know what you’re looking for, it’s time to think about some of the specifics of your purchase. And let me assure you, buying original art do

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All of Jeff Bartels’ paintings are exquisitely crafted, and truly worthy of the hyperrealist designation—but his latest series is fascinating for an entirely new and different reason as well. Titled “Alternative Artifacts,” these mind-expanding paintings feature historical objects that never really exist

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Instagram is booming. Last month the burgeoning social media platform announced they had hit a billion monthly active users. A BILLION. That’s more than Twitter, more than Snapchat—and it’s actually growing faster than its older cousin, Facebook. In fact, much faster. With all these eyes and ears (Instagram isn’

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Monday in Art Marketing Tips – Drop by tomorrow for an excellent article from arthaus on how to promote your art (while building your brand and followers) only by using Instagram! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Titled “Alternative Artifacts,” Jeff Bartel’s hyperrealistic oil paintings depict strange ant

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This week we’re doing something completely different here at EmptyEasel—and it’s not even art-related. A few friends of mine started a non-profit several years ago which makes durable shoes that grow (yep, these shoes ACTUALLY GROW) for kids in poverty. So instead of getting used pairs, or pairs that only fit

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Imagine sitting and painting in the high, bright sunshine amid the many faces of the Alpine mountains in Europe. . . or if you have the chance, don’t just imagine it. Go there! I can tell you that it’s worth the effort! Each mountain face and peak calls for your attention: the way the sun [...]

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Yeo Shih Yun is a Singapore-based artist who has exhibited her unique ink-based artwork in solo shows in Singapore, Japan, and Germany. After completing a post-baccalaureate program in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002, Yeo returned to Singapore to found the independent art space, INSTINC and continue her

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Glow in the Dark by Amelia Furman. 6 x 6, $125 “When I have more money, I’m definitely going to buy your work!” How many times have you heard this? How many times have you SAID this? Probably more than you can recall. That’s ok. Money is a big part of our lives and it [...]

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The time has come—you’re about to buy some gorgeous art to decorate your home or office. Problem is, you’re not sure exactly where to start. Sure, you know the type of art you like, when you see it. . . but is that enough?? Honestly, that’s not a bad place to begin. However, there are [...]

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There’s probably nothing quite like experiencing the raw, lively energy of New York City for yourself. . . but if you ask me, Wayne Pearce’s paintings are about as close as you can get without actually being there! A graduate of NYC’s School of Visual Arts now living in Ft. Myers, Florida, Wayne’s go

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“Dang it, I’m an artist, not a photographer!” How many of us have said that before? Photography can be so technical and demanding. . . and expensive! Nevertheless, if you call yourself a fine artist, you must have a good digital image file of all your masterpieces. But it is so darned hard, you say. [...]

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Monday in General Art Advice – Wildlife artist Keith Alway will share several superb tips for taking better photos of your artwork. Some will be familiar, but a few were new to me and quite helpful. Don’t miss it! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by for a look Wayne Pearce’s vibrant, colorful paintings fro

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A close companion to our first word for artists, observe, is PONDER: to contemplate, reflect, and perhaps ruminate a bit. You’ll find a lot of folks pondering in art galleries. Art exhibits offer a place to consider different perspectives, new techniques, and learn more about history or social issues. Art is often motivat

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Selling art is a lot more difficult than creating it, and it always has been. Yet many artists want to earn a living from their creative efforts. And there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s the best way to be able to make art full-time. But building a business based on art—any kind of art—is not [...]

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Monday in Art Marketing Tips – Need some art marketing help? Tomorrow, Carrie Lewis will share 5 steps for setting up a successful art marketing strategy. Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by for a look at Edward Abela’s gorgeous plein air paintings from around the world. And, as always, if you’d like your

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There’s nothing more scary than handing over your dream to someone, especially if you’re doing it online—but that’s exactly what you’re doing when you commission an artist to create a custom piece of art for you. Most of the time it’s of a subject or person close to your heart, so it’s absolutely got t

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In today’s digital age, it goes without saying that any artist who wants to succeed (as measured by sales) needs some kind of internet presence. Everywhere you look, you see articles, blog posts, podcasts, and videos about the importance of having a strong social media presence. The advice is as wide-ranging as the nu

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Monday in Selling Art Online – Tomorrow, Carrie Lewis will cover some of the pros and cons to using Facebook for social promotion, along with some excellent tips she’s discovered for making it more effective at sharing your art! Tuesday in General Art Advice – Ever wanted to commission a painting from an artist yo

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Some time ago I wrote down 6 words based on academic elements and principles in order to teach a design class. These words are concepts, and are often missing in contemporary classes because new students feel it’s all a little overwhelming. And they’re right. It’s not something to “get” in just one class,

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Xin Lu is an incredibly talented paper-cutting artist who has been working in the traditional Chinese medium of paper-cutting for over 15 years. As you’ll see, her results are absolutely breathtaking. . . and the process to create a single finished pieace is a true labor of love! Here’s how it works: First, Xin

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Maybe you’re moving into a new house. . . perhaps you’re remodeling and upgrading your current home. Or, maybe your style has changed, and you’re looking to decorate your walls with art that matches the “new you!” Whatever the case, I belive buying art for your home should be easy—and fun! :)

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Monday in General Art Advice – Tomorrow, mixed-media artist and educator Kellie Day will share some excellent tips on how to choose the right art to decorate your home! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by for a look at some absolutely exquisite and unique paper-cutting artwork by Chinese artist Xin Lu. As always, if [

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One thing every colored pencil artist can agree on that colored pencils are a slow medium. There’s just no way around it. If your chosen medium is colored pencil, your work progresses stroke by stroke. I’ve alluded to this in the past. From tips on making the most of every stroke to finishing what you [...]

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Located in the heart of Michigan, Saint Johns is home to Ivan Iler, an artist with a very unique set of skills. Whether it be sculpting, carving, painting or working on motorcycles, Ivan shows craftsmanship and passion in all of his many trades—yet his pride and joy is metal sculpting. Ivan’s metal sculptures can ta

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Any time I buy a higher-priced item, I first do my research—I compare different versions of the product with my criteria and remove any supplier without highly-rated customer service to get a short list of places to buy. I’m not just thinking about the cost; I also value my time and energy. When I buy [...]

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Monday in General Art Advice – Art coach and mentor Aletta de Wal returns with some excellent information on how to increase sales by offering a guarantee with your artwork. Don’t miss it! Tuesday in Artist Interviews – Drop in for a look at Ivan Iler’s stunning metal sculptures, and learn a bit more about [

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Los Angeles artist Jay Allan Friedmann is a photographer and computer graphics artist working primarily in the digital space—instead of a canvas or paper, he creates entirely on the screen, working organically to achieve large, expressive abstracts formed from vibrant, shifting nebulas of brilliant color. Some of Jay̵

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Monday in General Art Advice – What if you CAN’T make art? Maybe you’ve suffered an injury, or are undergoing a big life change. . . What do you do? Carrie Lewis has some excellent advice on that exact topic, tomorrow! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Swing by for a look at some complex modern [...]

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Have you ever heard this poem? Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you; Beginners are many, but enders are few. Honour, power, place, and praise Will come, in time, to the one who stays. Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you; Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it too; [...]

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