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Understanding Art Collectors


The mind of the collector


It took me a little while to learn about art collectors and their relationship with the artists that they collect. Art collectors are a special type of person, and they are near and dear to the hearts of most artists. There are many casual art collectors out there but there are also those who collect work all the time. It's like breathing for them. Many collectors are very conscious of building a collection that will be passed on…

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For Artists Interested in Selling Their Work: Is it Distinct?

infographic about distinct products

This image is an excerpt with permission from "What EVERY Creative Person with a Product or Service Absolutely NEEDS to Know" by Alex Mathers of the fabulous Red Lemon Club. See the full infographic here: 

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Lotus Dome: Responsive Artwork that Transcends our Human Experience


Here is an amazing art project by Studio Roosegaarde that is both haunting and inspiring. In the video you see an installed dome-like wall of flower-shaped foils that respond to human behaviour. Equipped with sensors this dome's walls seem to open and close, releasing and with holding a light within. The light moves around the space and illuminates the beautiful setting the 17th-century Sainte Marie Madeleine Church in Lille,…

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Portfolio Website: Maria Angela Reyes

oil painting of a leopard drinking from a swimming pool

"Leopardo En La Piscina" Oil on canvas. By Maria Angela Reyes.


Today we are featuring the artwork of Maria Angela Reyes who favours cats as her subject matter, all of which are rendered with a luminous palette.These paintings seem to capture those amusing expressions of our furry feline friends, from the sideways glance to the blank cat stare. I sense a jovial spirit in the application of the paint as it renders the subjects. These…

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Art Work Life Balance

letters on a beach that says work life balance


Art work-life balance is just like work-life balance. It's an easy oversight when you make your own hours, but none of us can escape this necessity.A few months ago I made a decision that was counter-intuitive but ended up being the one of the best high-risk decisions I have made in my art career thus far. I made the choice to go away for three days despite that fact that I would only have just over a week to complete a small…

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Studio Sundays: the Art Studio of Alphonse Mucha


Alphonse Mucha seating in his art studio


Every Sunday we give you a behind-the-scenes tour into the heart of creativity, the artist's studio. This week we visit the art studio of the artist Alphonse Mucha. His work is a famous example of the Art Nouveau movement since 1895. He also created a great deal of commercial work for advertisements during his fine art  career.


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Artist Portfolio: Lisa Lackey

textile artwork of anonymous figures, several people sitting around a table but missing their facesTextile art by Lisa Lackey. Fabric, embroidery floss, buttons, beads and acrylic on canvas.


Today we are featureing the online art portfolio of New York city textile artist Lisa Lackey. Her figures possess an element of anonimity as each face is made up up varying toned quadrants. With identity obscured there is somehow more familiarity to these scenes.


"A graduate of the University of Kansas in Architectural Engineering and the…

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Do Art Every Day: The Daily Art Projects


The letter 'a' drawn in an artistic style

Art by Brandy Masch


I've been noticing in my various social media feeds that there is a huge daily art project movement by artists to create art projects where, for a period of time, they create and share a new piece of art everyday. Generally these tend to be small works that are built around a theme. These projects are a really healthy way to generate excitement and interest in your work. You may do it for a month a year or…

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Maybe All You Need Is 1000 True Fans To Support Your Art Career

1000 true fans


If you don't aspire to be an art celebrity but you still want to be "successful" as an artist then the theory of 1000 true fans might be of interest to you. But first of all let's just talk about success. Success is a weird thing. It varies for each person and can be based on so many different measurements. Is my artwork getting better - showing more of the skill and knowledge that I have acquired? Am I able to support myself…

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Artist Kate Bingaman-Burt Drew All Her Purchases For the Past 8 Years


Drawing of three paris of tights for thirty dollars


By now the trend of daily drawing projects has really caught on but Kate Bingaman-Burt is more dedicated than most. She has been drawing her purchases for the past 8 years!! This is one of the funnest drawing archives that I have explored and it makes me laugh every time. 

Drawing of a whiskey glass, grilled cheese sandwitch and a bowl of tomato soup

"Starting in 2002, she photographed everything she purchased (finished in 2004). In 2004, she started drawing all of her credit card statements until they…

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Portfolio Website: Olga de Klein

painting of grid of color on wood"Block Party" Mixed Media on Wood Panel by Olga de Klein.


Today we are featuring the artwork of Olga de Klein.  Olga works with a wide variety of media in general from sculpture to painting, drawing and collage. I enjoy the kinetic energy of her mark making in these 2-d works. These grids seem to vibrate on the verge of explosion an effect that seems to be born from her vigorous mark-making and sheer colour layers that contrast with…

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Sharing Your Art on Social Media: The Party Metaphor

Cartoon of various computers stacked on top of each other


In large group social situations it's not always easy to connect with others and let them know about the awesome art that you create. It's not much different when sharing your art on social media, there is a pressure to interact with others which makes it hard to be yourself and can cause general awkwardness. I like to look at social networks as a big party that is overflowing with people who don't know each other. If you want to…

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Art Portfolio: Emily K. Grieves

Painting of a red serpent with tongue sticking out and sun setting

"Cuando se Abre el Cielo"  (When the Heavens Open) Acrylic on canvas by Emily K. Grieves


Today we feature the portfolio of Emily K. Grieves. She uses incredibly warm colours and likes to choose very symbolic subject matter. I like the contrasting fresh blues and hot orange tones. Emily is based out of Teotihuacan, Mexico.


"Emily K. Grieves received a BFA degree in art from the University of Montana in 1993, followed by study…

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