What do I mean by "To Niche?" I mean focus your work for a certain segment of the art market rather than trying to be all things to all market segments. I want you to be as successful as possible, that's why I am talking about this subject.Read More
I have had quite a few requests from artists who want to get started in video and they have asked what type of equipment I use to film my videos. The first thing I'll say is that this is not a video on how to set up the specifics of lighting or cameras, simply an overview of what I use.Read More
Your signature stands in for you when you aren't there (how many times are you actually with your paintings when they are in exhibitions, galleries, shows, etc?). Your signature is free marketing. Your signature says to the world, "This is my work and I am proud to put my name on it."Read More
One of my students emailed me recently to say that she was rejected by two galleries in her local area and that she was so distraught that she could hardly get to the studio to paint. She was devastated by the rejections and what one of the gallerists said about her work.Read More
For this painting I am using a 48x48x1.5" square canvas. My intention is to use mostly black, white and gray with a bright red center of interest that snakes across the canvas. I have no plan other than the color combination.Read More
Don't Wait for Inspiration-Just Show Up
I've talked about this topic before because I think it's so important for amateur or beginning painters to understand that you don't need inspiration to paint. My guide is always this famous quote from the great painter Chuck Close: "Amateurs wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get to work."
As a painter my job is to paint. I never think about inspiration because I don't need it to paint. It's great when inspiration comes about, but I don't need it. By showing up everyday in the studio and doing the work, I have ideas to last a lifetime.
Your ideas are waiting for you in your studio. You just have to show up everyday to give the opportunity for ideas to come, to experience the flow of energy from the universe, and stay open to possibilities for new things to happen. You are putting yourself in position to accept ideas and inspiration that come to you.
If you ever feel like you just can't find anything to paint, think about this: You are using the same materials (color, paint, brushes, surfaces) as Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne and Vermeer. They applied color to a surface with some sort of tool to make paintings - the same way YOU do. YOU ARE DOING THE SAME THING THEY DID! How is that for inspiration?
Show up in the studio, do the work and you'll have ideas to last a lifetime. Don't wait for inspiration - Just show up.
For those that are interested in a fun and engaging workshop experience, I have some workshops coming up that you will love: (You can see a full list of Workshops by Clicking HERE.)
- September 11-14, 2017 Pacific Northwest Art School, Whidbey Island, WA. to register contact Lisa Bernhardt, firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-678-3396. Details HERE.
- October 13-15, 2017 New Braunfels Art League, New Braunfels, TX. To register contact Sandy Oberg email@example.com or 210-861-0751. Details HERE.
- October 20-22, 2017 Lafayette Art Association, Lafayette, LA. to register contact Susan Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-849-6791. This is an Advanced Workshop focusing on developing a series of paintings.
- November 2-4, 2017 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. To register contact David at email@example.com or 336-418-3038. This is an Advanced Workshop focusing on developing a series of paintings.
As always, thanks so much for your support!
P.S. If you cannot attend a live event, or prefer to learn online in the comfort of your home or studio, Abstract Painting Academy is my online workshop:
Abstract Painting Academy is the next best thing to a live workshop. You can learn more about the program by Clicking HERE.
The concept for this post comes from a book by Seth Godin entitled, "Linchpin." In the book Seth talks about the importance of shipping your work out into the world so that others can benefit from it and enjoy it.Read More
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