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.”

Go Make Art

Mira M. White, Who Wears the Hat? Mixed media on museum board

Your art career takes off in the studio. Without the hard work you do there, you are not an artist.

Are you devoting enough time to the studio?

Mira M. White, Who Wears the Hat? Mixed media on museum board.

Sure, I wrote a whole book about getting your art out of the studio, but that’s my job. With everything I write or teach, I’m trying to help you garner attention for your art.

But nothing I say will be useful unless you put artmaking first.

Without your art, you have nothing to promote. You have nothing to take out of the studio and share with the world.

Your art is your voice. It’s how you communicate with the world and find your place. It’s your raison d’être.

Don’t lose sight of that.

When you find yourself checking email

New < Deep Thought Thursday

Do you have “New Works” on your website or blog? How long is New new?