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    10 Tips for Taking on Big Projects

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    The month of drawing challenges is upon us.  Whether you follow the official Inktober list, participate in one of the hundreds of other lists out there, or come up with your own thing, artists all over the world come together in the month of October to have fun and grow…

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    Tips for Photographing Your Art

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    Today’s blog is about different ways you can improve the photos you take of your art.  These tips are for the beginner artist (or anyone who still struggles) to help make your art look its best while sharing online, making prints, or entering shows and publications.  My goal is to give…

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    Gift Ideas for the Creative Person on Your List

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    Do you have a creative person on your list this year?  If you have someone on your list that’s interested in drawing and painting, here are some gift ideas just in time to take advantage of the upcoming Black Friday sales.  These ideas are geared towards an adult just starting…

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    Artist Trick for Finding Colors (Revisited)

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    Swatching your colors.  I thought this post would be a great one to visit again.  Having a key for how my paints interact has been really helpful with colors like red and yellow that I don’t work with as often.   I finally listened to a piece of art advice that…

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    Shading Techniques for Ink & Pencil

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    We’re headed into October soon and there are a bunch of drawing challenges going on.  I thought it would be a good time to reshare last year’s blog with some shading techniques for anyone who is new to drawing or would like a quick refresher.  I also have a free template…

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    Basics of Framing

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    I’ve had a couple of different conversations with other artists lately about framing, so I thought it may be a good topic to share on here too.  This will be basic information that will be helpful whether you’re deciding to frame your own art or you’re framing a piece you’ve…

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    Artist Tip: Red Flags for Email Scams

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    This week’s blog is specifically for my fellow artists out there.  I received an example of a spam/scam email the other day and I thought it would be a good opportunity to share in case this information can help you.  I’ve received several emails like this over the years and…

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    DIY Valentine Ornaments

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    Anyone still have their tree up?  Here’s a great way to transition it into a Valentine’s Day tree.  They of course don’t have to go on a tree – you could hang them on the wall, or put little command hooks along the fireplace.  You could string them on a…

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    Artist Tip: Instagram Spam Comments

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    Today’s blog is a little different than my usual content, but I’ve found myself having this conversation a few times recently so I think other artists (or anyone posting on a public Instagram account) might find this helpful.  You know when you post something and it triggers the spammy auto-bots…

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    Painting Tip for Contrast

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    I’m just about finished with my newest painting and I thought it would be a perfect time to share a trick that I use when I’m just about done with a new work. If you’ve been following my social media lately, you probably know that I’ve been working on this…