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Award-winning portrait artist, Timothy Chambers, has just released a new book. . . a coloring book for adults called Seeing Beautiful Through the Journey of Life. He’d probably be the first to admit he never expected to write and publish a coloring book. But then again, his journey hasn’t ever been a typical one

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Ezshwan Winding is an incredibly talented artist with over 60 years of painting experience (and over 9 years of teaching workshops). Her extensive online portfolio showcases both her abstracts and figurative pieces, most often in oil or encaustic. As beautiful as her abstracts are, however, today I’m going to focus so

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Let me guess. . . you’ve just finished your Big Project, one that took weeks of labor to complete, setting a new standard for yourself both professionally and personally. You put time, effort, and passion into it, and while it was underway, you didn’t think about anything else. For weeks, your focus has been The

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Monday in General Art Advice – Drop by tomorrow for an article entitled “How to Get Past the Post-Project Blues” by Carrie Lewis. As a creative individual who thrives on projects, I know exactly what she’s talking about—and she’s got some great advice on how to deal with it! Tuesday in Featur

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You’ve worked on a complicated, vignette-style drawing for hours. You’re almost finished when you notice a stray mark on the background. What’s worse, the mark is too close to the subject to just crop it out. You’re heart drops into your stomach. All that work, and the drawing is ruined. Or is it? This exact [...]

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Not every artist can paint the outdoors, and fewer still are able to really capture the essence of a place just by putting down some oil on canvas. Timothy M. Joe is one of those few. A self-taught painter from Greensboro Alabama (whose day job is in mechanical engineering),Timothy’s stated mission is to paint the [..

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Recently I decided to make some fun labels for my art supply chest that holds tools, markers, and media. I visualized them in watercolor brush lettering, all centered vertically; like this, but with a variety of colors: Sparkle Graphite White Black Metallic Fountain Deco * Posca Millennium Sarasa Chameleon Acrylic * Graphic

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Monday in Other Tutorials – Tomorrow, calligraphy expert Phawnda Moore returns with a fun demonstration on how to create colorful handmade labels using watercolors and a calligraphy brush. Don’t miss it! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Timothy M. Joe is a self-taught representational artist from Greensboro A

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You want to be happy, no matter what life sends your way? The first thing you need to understand is that happiness is a choice. It’s true. Endorphins are molecules that are created in your pituitary gland. We do not magically receive them from a joke or an event that happened to us. It’s an [...]

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Commission work: it’s probably what most non-artists—and possibly a lot of artists, too—envision when they think of professional artists earning a living from their art. For the majority of professional artists, however, commission work is only part of the picture. They may also teach art, or work at a gallery, or

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Monday in General Art Advice – Do you struggle with deadlines? Tomorrow Carrie Lewis will explain her method for scheduling commission work (and other tasks) so she can get it all done. Don’t miss it! Tuesday in Featured Artists – This week, drop by for a look at some intensely beautiful star-studded night

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Most people would agree that working as an artist is quite different from working in an office or going to a full-time job. As an artist, you are consistently pushed to keep producing work, to act as your own marketing department and to continue feeling the creative flow every day. If you can’t keep up [...]

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In the first article of this series, I discussed how everything you do in your studio is about you and making your art—but everything else is about making connections to make sales. Sure, if your art matches exactly what a viewer is looking for, the very first time they lay eyes on it, you may [...]

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On 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 around the world, have a wonderful holiday weekend! Tuesday in Art Business Advice – Aletta de Wal returns with part two of her series, The ABC’s of [...]

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When we’re young, we dream of becoming famous artists, traveling the world and making lots of great art (not to mention lots of money). After a few years, maybe a college education and a “real job,” our dreams turn toward the time when we can retire from our day job and make art full time. [...]

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Amelia Furman’s stunningly ethereal landscape paintings contain a little more detail than the typical nature scene. . . Drawing on her background in printmaking and illustration, Amelia starts with vintage images, handwritten text, and symbols; then paints an entire landscape over the top to create a gorgeous, layered

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NOTE: Today’s article isn’t about the technical transaction of selling. It’s not about how to sell your artwork, either. Instead, it’s about transferring ownership of your artwork, or letting go of your art so someone else can enjoy it. Have you ever had a favorite song, only to find out it was written to mean [

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Monday in Motivation – Tomorrow, Niki Hilsabeck will share some of the ways she’s learned to let go of her art, so that someone else can enjoy it. If you often have trouble saying “goodbye” to your artwork, this article’s for you! Tuesday in Featured Artists – This week we’ll be fea

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Happy Mother’s Day! To my mom, and all the mothers (and soon-to-be-mothers) out there, have a wonderful day of celebration, love, and relaxation. :) We’re taking the entire week off ourselves, but we’re not leaving you high and dry! Our friends over at Craftsy have put together a special day of deals just

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Making art can be a struggle—and for many artists, the idea of “quitting” always lurks in the background. Now, when you think of quitting your art, you probably think of no longer doing art at all. That’s the big one, but there other ways to let the “quitting bug” infect your work and life as

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Today’s post is the last in my series on how to draw a portrait using classical drawing techniques. If you’ve been following along, you know there are many details left to cover. Some of them will simply not fit into this series—but when that happens, I’ll share how you can find more instruction at Drawi

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Monday in Drawing Tips – Tomorrow we’ll publish Vladimir London’s final lesson (Part 9) in his ongoing portrait drawing series. If you’ve missed a few leading up to now, no worries—I’ll include links to each of his past lessons as well. Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by for a look a

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This is what I know: art is power I just celebrated a decade birthday. I’m gathering up my blessings, taking stock. Have I stayed true to myself? Have I done good? Where have I fallen short? Where should I stay the course? Pastel study for painting I’m very fortunate. To use a word in vogue [...]

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Meikel S. Church is a mixed-media artist based in Little Rock, Arkansas, whose intriguing collage pieces brings together elements of nostalgia and surrealism through the use of old, faded pictures from books and magazines. Much of Meikel’s found imagery is subconsciously recognizable, giving his work the weight of mor

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In 2016, art insurance group Hiscox stated that online art sales jumped 24% from the previous year, totalling $3.27 billion in artist earnings. E-commerce has certainly evened out the playing field for artists at different career levels, but a huge problem remains: in a vast sea of online platforms, how can individual artis

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Monday in Selling Art Online – Have you ever wondered how to land those big sales (maybe several pieces at once) to hotels or other commercial spaces? If so, come back tomorrow for some excellent tips on selling directly to commercial clients from Indiewalls’ Senior Art Curator Lauren Schleider. Tuesday in Featu

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When I began learning the Flemish method of oil painting, I sure had a lot of questions! Since I’m not unique in that, I wanted to share some of my questions—and the answers I eventually discovered—with you. First of all, let’s do a quick recap. There are seven steps in the Flemish method of painting: [...]

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When artists ask me how to market their art, the real question is often, “What do I have to do to get people to buy my art?” That’s a much better question. Why? Because the emphasis is on people buying, and not on you selling. True, if you fully engage in marketing your art, your [...]

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There IS a formula to improve your art skills. Are you using it? When people tell me they are bad at art, what they really mean is “I can’t draw realistically.” There’s also the feeling that if people ask you to draw on command in public, well, your ability to do so (and accurately no [...]

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Monday in Motivation – It’s time to debunk the myth that art is only for those with natural inclination, or talent. The truth is, ANYONE can learn to be an artist—and Carrie Brummer is here share how and why, tomorrow! Tuesday in General Art Advice – Art coach Aletta de Wal is back with a [...]

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