Technique over Tools

A good artist will produce better art with cheap crayons than a bad artist with the absolute best oils, acrylics, or watercolors. That's just a fact. You know it. I know it. Everyone knows this. Just like give a guy like Carlos Santana or Jimi Hendrix a cheap guitar and…

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I’ll let you in on a secret

I'm going to let you in on a secret. I don't know what I'm doing half the time. Actually, half the time? Heh. That's generous. Most of the time. And I'm not talking about watercolors. I'm talking about life. The thing is, neither does anyone else. We're all just winging…

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Does your artwork have a common theme?

Does your artwork have a common theme? If so, great. If not, does it need a common theme? Honestly, I like artists who are somewhat consistent. And I notice that when you could recognize someone's work, it sells better. So a partial answer to the second question - yes, if…

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If you’ve done it once, you can do it again

Humans are complicated beings. But there are pretty much two different mindsets. No, most people aren't either or. They're a percentage of each one. You got a scarcity mindset. These people believe that if I win at something, that severely lessens your chance of being successful at it. Needless to…

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Jealousy is poison for your art career

I thought "one more time." And I co-formed a band, two guitarists, a bassist/vocalist, and a drummer. I played lead and rhythm and the other guitarist played rhythm and lead guitars. We struggled. Barely got by. I was delivering pizza to make ends meet. The most we ever made in…

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Do hard things

There's a guy I follow on Twitter named Dennis. He's an older gentleman. And he's always doing something difficult for even a young gentleman. Something physical, but very difficult, even if he were young. To me, that's inspirational. And it totally applies to art. Do hard things. Constantly. You want…

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Should an artist have a morning routine? Athletes have them

I talked a little bit about this when I wrote about when creative people cannot create. But I really want to expand on the importance of having a morning routine. You'll basically meet three types of artists. The first time is the successful artists. They make a living doing the…

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Too much thinking and not enough living

Don't forget to live I've read Plato. And of course, studied Greek philosophy, Greek art, Roman art, etc. All that good stuff. But, we can go too far. What if one would spend too much time reading and forgot to live? Didn't Cervantes write a book about that? I do…

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When Creatives Can’t Create

Are you a creative person? And are you going through a period where no matter what you do, it just plain out sucks, or you're totally blocked? Well, the good news is it's the same problem. We can fix it. The bad news? To quote RuPaul - supermodel? You better…

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Most artists who fail don’t fail due to lack of talent

I know I'm going to offend a few people by writing this article. I've been buying art for quite awhile now and I have amassed quite a collection. Some of it is actually worth something. Some of it we bought because we just like it and want it up on…

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