What is the best way for artists to sell their work? This question is debated by artists all the time. Everyone will have an opinion, but wise artists will use several avenues to market their work. When it comes to seeing the work face-to-face the best method is to participate in an art market. Galleries still have their place, but nothing beats a market for for that personal connection with buyers.
In this article I will cover ten important tips to ensure your next art market is a huge success. Let’s dive in!
Are you taking your art seriously? Do you want to go professional either full time or part time? If so then you do need a professional online gallery to display your work. Your online gallery stays open all of the time and must show your work in the best way possible. Ideally you want to have your work seen by collectors internationally. Plus other art professionals in order to network with and seek new opportunities. On top of this you do not want the hassle of designing the website. Oh yes ... some help with your marketing would be nice too.
If this sounds like something you need then a FASO website will be ideal. Read on and find out how you can also get $200.00 of free advertising for your art.
Is a work in pastels a drawing or a painting? I have come across this debate many times. It depends and I tend to leave it at that. Are you doing a line drawing or are you applying layers of color? The latter would be a painting as far as I’m concerned. In a recent work it struck me that the techniques I was using reminded me of painting. Except I was using a dry pigment instead of wet. Aside from that difference I was going about it in the same way as a painting.
In this article and video I am going to demonstrate how you can paint a beach scene using a few pastel techniques.
Do you love visiting the beach? Summer holidays, wild winter walks along the sand dunes, sunrise or sunset along golden sands. All your senses engaged in the sounds, sights and smells of the beach and sea. It is special alright. For the artist there are subjects to paint galore. But tricky as well if you want to describe the light accurately. Mixing the color of sand, for example, is important since it is, well … the beach!
In this article I take a closer look at painting the colors of the beach. Grab your sand-board and let’s get started.
If you looking for a short and fun painting course that will teach you all the basics of painting a beautiful landscape then From Acrylics to Oil Painting in Five Easy Steps is the right course for you. This course is designed to be a step-by-step introduction to oil painting. It is also a great way to get an understanding of the difference between acrylic and oil painting. Read on to find out more about this course and what it covers .
Color mixing remains a constant challenge for artists. Most of the questions that I get from students is how to mix certain colors. Of these many relate to mixing flesh colors. This is understandable when you consider the colors used by masters like Rembrandt. Look at the portrait of Rembrandt above. The variety of colors used are astonishing. A magnificent achievement. How can our paltry color mixes come close to this?
In this article I will give you the exact process that you can follow to get better at mixing flesh tones.
What is gouache you may be asking? Well you will feel familiar with gouache if you try it out. It instantly reminded me of painting in primary school. Remember that powder paint mixed in water back in the day? Ah…good times! Except that school paint was horrible. But proper artists gouache is brilliant for painting with. Let me tell you more about it in this article.
Imagine if artists put their books and courses into a giant digital bundle and sold it at a big discount. Sounds like a good deal right? That is exactly what John Bardos of Bundles for Good is doing. As a result John helps artists, but also makes a massive contribution to charity. Find out more about how you can get involved in my interview with John Bardos.
The Painterly Workshop is an extensive online learning experience for artists. It is also the foundation of my art coaching program that has been running for three years now. Due to the growth of the coaching program and requests for alternative access to the learning materials I have created two further options for artists.
What do you need to setup your plein air painting adventure? Glad you asked because in this three part series of videos I am going to show you exactly how. First we look at the materials you need to make a go of your plein air painting. Then we take a little trip to the beach to paint a study in oils. Then back to the studio to consider the painting. All in all plein air painting is a delight when you have the basics in place. So let's dive into the world of plein air.