What Did You Learn From Your Art Teachers?

I knew I was an artist when we made cut-out bunnies in grade school because mine was the only bunny with a hula skirt on. I was fascinated with Hawaii at the time. Two other art teachers have also left a big impression on me.

Fight Complacency

When is the last time you promoted your art without relying solely on email and social media? Apply a similar mindset to your marketing that you use in the studio when you’re trying to work through a problem. Try something new. Anything!

6 Things Nick Cave Said That Made Me Pay Attention

Listening in on a conversation with artist Nick Cave, I was taken by his dedication to his art (DEEP dedication), his interest in seeing his art remain alive and relevant, collaboration, preparation, and more. See what I mean.

Attracting Crowds at the Coffee Shop

Like many of us, Barbara McKee gets cabin fever and just needs to get out of her home studio. About 3-4 times a week, she packs up her watercolors and heads to the local coffee shop – to paint. The biggest advantage is meeting new people. The bonus advantage is that no cats are around to paw at her water or get hair in her work.

Interested or Interesting

©2005 Rona Green, Party Fink. Linocut and watercolor, 33 x 33 centimeters.

In Letters to a Young Artist, Julia Cameron writes: Remember that art is about being interested, not about being interesting. True?

Stop Making Art : Deep Thought Thursday

Stop Sign at Sunset

It’s a simple question: When is it okay to stop making art?

There Aren’t Enough Read Hours

Ken Munsie Sculpture

I gave away a copy of my book to an artist unknown in the faraway land of Australia. Something very cool happened as a result. Read about it.

Materials < Deep Thought Thursday

Have you ever used a material that you could no longer get a hold of? What would you do if they stopped making a certain kind of paint, paper, dye, glaze?

Finished? < Deep Thought Thursday

How do you know when an artwork is finished? When is it time to sign the work and move on?

10 Commandments of Teaching Art

Janice Tanton

Guest blogger Janice Tanton says: “I would never have learned what I have if it were not for the generosity of artists that took me under their wings and into their studios, taught me their techniques, concept, insight and ultimately how to find my own voice.”