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    10 Ways Artists Can Overcome Spring Fever

    10 Ways Artists Can Overcome Spring Fever
    This article was originally posted on FineArtTips.com. This winter has been a bit too cold, long and confining for this native, California girl! I must admit I’ve caught Spring Fever, a common woe that strikes when the days begin to get longer and warmer. This time of year it is customary for people to blame Spring Fever for their restless or ...
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    Vital Safety Tips for Outdoor Painters

    Vital Safety Tips for Outdoor Painters
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com. Painting pretty pictures in the great outdoors is not a walk in the park. In fact, plein air painting is tough work. It takes us from the controlled environment of our studios and into the unpredictable environment of Mother Nature. Outdoor painting with a pochade box is a wonderful experience, but believe it or ...
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    Be Productive Even in Short Studio Sessions

    Be Productive Even in Short Studio Sessions
    Dear Dr. Maisel: Like any artist, I crave long periods of time in the studio. But in fact those long periods are awfully hard to come by and I know that I’m letting all those smaller bits of time that are available to me get away from me. Any thoughts on reclaiming those lost, fleeting minutes that fly by each day? ...
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    7 Methods for Choosing Better Subject Matter

    7 Methods for Choosing Better Subject Matter
    Dear Dr. Maisel, Once I start painting I know what I’m doing but I have the hardest time getting started. For instance I’ll set it up a still life and then I find myself asking, ‘Well, what do I want to do with this?’ It feels like I’m really very uncertain about my subject matter choices. Do you have any suggestions ...
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    Preparing to Paint with Acrylics: 5 Video Tutorials

    Preparing to Paint with Acrylics: 5 Video Tutorials
    Extremely versatile (they can be thinned with water and used like a watercolor), fast-drying and easy (they can be used straight from the tube!), acrylics are the go-to medium for many artists. Want to get started? We’ve assembled 5 video tutorials to help you prepare to paint with acrylics. Benefits of Painting with Acrylic Paints >>
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    10 Tips for Painting "En Plein Air?"

    10 Tips for Painting "En Plein Air?"
    Dear Dr. Maisel: I feel a strong desire to paint some cityscapes but I feel really blocked about going out and painting en plein air. Any thoughts about what might be holding me back? - Cynthia L., Chicago Thanks, Cynthia. What you’re experiencing isn’t so unusual. Here are 10 tips that may help! [gate] 1. You will have to do deal ...
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    Are Commercial Galleries Essential to Artists?

    Are Commercial Galleries Essential to Artists?
    For the majority of the last 100 years, artists have sold work through commercial galleries and is the most desirable way for artists to make a living. What should you expect (or not) from gallery representation? Read on for some useful expectations for gallery representation, as well as how best to get noticed.[photo:269917] Commercial galleries usually sell artists' works on commission. ...
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    What Kind of Artist Are You?

    What Kind of Artist Are You?
    It seems to me that there are two different kinds of artists in the world: Those who are quick to describe what kind of artist they are (”I’m a post-Marxist, Conceptual, feminist painter whose work is a inquiry into the notion of the organic…” ok, whatever) and those who just want to shrug and avoid the question all together by saying ...
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