How my studio wall works

How my studio wall works

One of the most common questions I get asked is, "How does your studio wall work?” In other words, how do I hang all these different sized paintings on my painting wall? So today, I thought I would show you. Have a look here: I also share a tip about these 6" x 18" blocks of wood that hold my larger paintings off the ground. In most artist studios, old rickety paint cans are doing this job, but I find the wood blocks more stable and quick to set up, especially if you are alone in the studio....

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When is your Art done?

When is your Art done?

How do you know when your art is done? This question never seems to have a clear answer. I am not sure if I entirely do either, but I can share three helpful ways I think about finishing my art. This is what I am talking about this morning. Have a look here: The first of three ideas around finishing is one that took me many years to understand. First of all, I need to like it to call it done. I also know it is personal. What feels finished for me won’t necessarily feel finished for you. To...

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I found this just down the hall…

I found this just down the hall…

I walked down the hall in my building, and I bumped into artist Terri Froelich. She was telling me how she is scaling up her work. It was super interesting to hear her talk about the whole process, so I asked to see her latest paintings. It was so fun to get a studio tour. Afterwards, I decided to come back and get one for you guys, too. Have a look here: I was surprised to hear, among other things, that her much larger art was not only feeling better than her smaller work but that it was...

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Opening the door of your own art

Opening the door of your own art

I can clearly remember a time when just the idea of art-making was fraught with worries and concerns. It wasn't the fact that my work was so bad. It was me. Sometimes I was overly concerned about what others might think about my art. Sometimes I would compare myself to other artists. Based on externalities, these feelings started to get in the way of my ability to create freely. They began to take the joy out of art-making. It took a long time to realize my way around this issue. But...

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How to choose better for your Art + Life

How to choose better for your Art + Life

Do you ever feel like you made the wrong decision? Upon looking back, it seems so obviously wrong. How could I make that decision? Well, that is what I am talking about today. Have a look here: If you want to be better able to choose what you want, especially regarding your art-making, it helps to have criteria. Knowing what constitutes a YES, and more importantly, a NO beforehand, can increase your correct choices. It is never that one decision that is particularly problematic but instead the...

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Are you thinking big enough?

Are you thinking big enough?

I remember not feeling so good about the kind of art I was making. I thought it was because of my circumstances. I had all sorts of ideas about what was or was not possible for me. But years ago, I had a conversation with my father, Clifford Wilton, who changed all that. He said something to me that made me realize I was not thinking big enough and honestly imagining what I did want. Not just in my art, but my life, too. And that's what today's video is all about. Have a look here: Every year...

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I am not competitive

I am not competitive

I used to hate competition. But now it doesn't bother me. I figured out that competition was so unpleasant because I was focusing too much on everyone else. I lost track of me in the process. Whether you are running a race, dancing, making art, or almost any kind of creative expression, it just doesn't help when you are not squarely in the driver's seat. In other words, the more you pay attention to your internal conversation instead of the noisier, external one, the more your art, or whatever...

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How to make your art more consistently

How to make your art more consistently

Do you ever set goals for yourself to make art so many hours so many times a week? I used to do that, but I discovered that it rarely works out for me. So I changed my thinking. That is what this video is about today. Have a look here: I call this strategy, "Following the Pattern of Desire." This thinking means that I pay more attention to the pattern or sequence of making art, rather than how long I do the activity. If I only make art for 30 min, it is still a win because I upheld the pattern...

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These 3 hacks help me make art

These 3 hacks help me make art

I love simple hacks that can help make my art easier, quicker, and better. Today I want to share three with you that I've recently started doing in my art practice. Maybe they could help you too. Have a look here: In the end, it is about creating more time for yourself so you can focus on the part of your art process that lights you up the most. What tips and tricks do you use to help make your art easier, quicker, and better? Let us know in the comments. I hope today is a sparkly art day....

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So you want to sell your art?

So you want to sell your art?

I received this question the other day: “Is it wrong to try to make art that sells?” This answer is, well, not entirely. And there is no one-size-fits-all answer. But from my experience, I coach artists to focus first on making art they genuinely love. The kind of art they couldn’t resist buying. If you can do this, then you stand a much better shot at selling your art to others. Here is why: In short, the secret ingredient in the art that sells is the maker's passion. People are not just...

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