Meet my art business mentor…

Meet my art business mentor…

How do you take your art, creative expertise, or teaching and show it to a lot more people? How do you attract an audience? In the beginning, I didn't know. I had to ask a ton of questions to create a business centered upon my art. Most of the answers I was looking for came from one person. He is a visionary, my mentor, friend, and business coach. His name is Stu McLaren. And today, you get to meet him! From working with Stu and the other entrepreneurs in his business Mastermind, I realized...

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This will make your art irresistible

This will make your art irresistible

There is one vital ingredient in art that makes it super potent. I learned this many years ago when creating a poster for the Salvation Army. Here is what happened. Until that point, I never really paid attention to the degree of feeling and emotion I placed in my art. Now I know that if I can identify the feeling I want to convey, regardless of the materials or kind of art I am making, it will be far more engaging for myself and the viewer. Connecting with someone visually and emotionally is...

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This is the cheapest but best tool

This is the cheapest but best tool

I used to be addicted to buying art materials — especially the expensive ones. I was looking for the one tool or material that would suddenly make my art unique. Well, I never found that magic tool. Changing and improving my art was a slow process. It happened because I learned more art-making information. I did, however, find one very excellent tool during that time. And I didn't find it in an art store. I discovered it in a house painting store. And it was one of the best but cheapest tools...

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Is Simplicity better than Complexity?

Is Simplicity better than Complexity?

Which is better in Art? Simplicity or complexity? It seems lately simplicity is more popular. It took me a long, long time to find the answer. But I did, and today I will share my answer with you. I found out right as I was leaving art school. I was confused because every teacher I asked had a different opinion. After a while, however, I realized that was part of the answer. I love answers that don't require a lot of groundwork. Following what you love is surprisingly easy. There rarely are...

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How To Love Doing Commissions

How To Love Doing Commissions

Do you want to do commissions? Or have you found them to be super difficult? Well, that was the case for me. Seriously, whenever I accepted a commission, I not only wouldn't have fun, but I often did work I liked the least. Why? Well, it took me way too long to figure out the reasons why. Today I will share with you the five things that I had to learn to pull commissions off. Check this out. The biggest tip I am sharing today, I am sharing last. I don't tell anyone this idea. Especially those...

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Why keep making Art if no one is buying?

Why keep making Art if no one is buying?

Towards the end of my Father's life, he lost his momentum to make his Art. I remember when he asked me, "Why keep making art if no one is buying?" It is a common question I hear other artists ask, but I never thought I would hear my Father, an artist who taught me everything I know about keeping momentum in my art practice, ask. At first blush, it is a debilitating thought. Nested within the question, is a feeling of collapse. Maybe it is just better to throw in the towel and stop. Maybe I am...

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The New World of Laurie Shapiro…

The New World of Laurie Shapiro…

Art that I haven't seen before moves me. Sometimes it is mine, but often it is someone else's. Today I am excited to share the latter. Laurie Shapiro is a Los Angeles-based immersive installation artist. She is here today to give us a quick peek into the extraordinary spaces she creates. Informed by nature and Laurie's internal inquiry, these rich tapestried spaces are breathtaking. What makes her art incredibly irresistible is its scale. The viewer becomes immersed from floor to ceiling when...

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This is kind of cool…

This is kind of cool…

Lately, I have been playing around with applying paint on unstable ground. This approach ends up causing the paint to deteriorate a little, which for me, is fascinating. I thought it might be something you might want to try too. Look here Let us know in the comments what technique or approach you are enjoying in your art practice. I hope you are having fun with your art this weekend. Nicholas PS Check out the Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group. Every day, artists from all over the world are...

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One of these could change everything for you

One of these could change everything for you

Nobody makes the same Art. They also don't make it the same way either. I love talking about helpful ideas that we can use to make our best Art. I call them Principles. Principles are ideas that you can customize for yourself. Today I want to share my three favorite ones. Even one could be a game-changer for you. Have a look here: Principle #1 The more your Art is like you, the more distinct and, therefore, better it will be. Principle #2 When we make mistakes, we share one of the most...

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You + Art = Love

You + Art = Love

Happy Valentine's Day! Today I want to offer something positive, maybe even kind of loving, when it comes to thinking about your Art. When things get hard in my art practice, I remind myself of these three things. It always helps put me back in the driver's seat of my art-making. Have a look here: Since it is Valentine's Day, I will write them out if you don't have time to watch. #1 Asking for help often is faster and easier. Instead of trying to figure it out for yourself all the time, just...

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