Sunday, January 18, 2015

5 ways to develop your artistic talent

This blog post goes over the five basic steps in developing your artistic talent from practice to finding the right teacher. If you want to succeed you need desire and someone to show your proper techniques and the best tools.

1. Practice (Trumpet Practice by Norman Rockwell)

There is no question that the more you practice the better you get. If you are intimidated to practice without guidance, it is useful to practice in a classroom or to be able to ask for help on your work in progress paintings.

2. The Right Tools

 Having the right tools is essential for success in any endeavor. Your cooking comes out better with the finest ingredients. If you want to learn to ski, you will be more comfortable if you wear a proper mask or goggles. Musicians play better on higher quality instruments...which is why the Stradivarius violin costs millions.

Luckily, you do not need millions to paint. A few quality paint brushes, the right pigments, and paper and you are good to go.

3. Techniques

Here a horse trainer is teaching his horse how to paint. In order to succeed as a painter, you must learn the right techniques. Learn fast and learn hard and find a good class to take. Sure, you can experiment on your own but you will learn a lot faster with less frustration if you take an art class.

4. Desire

I don't believe there is really such as a thing as being born with innate "talent." The desire to paint is an overriding factor that determines your ability to succeed with art. As Picasso said:
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

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If you have the desire, the trick is to tap into your inner child that is fearless and thinks that you can do anything you want. Find a good teacher who will show you the right tools and techniques to get you going. Believe in yourself and keep practicing until you get the results that you want.

5. Teacher

In order to learn the right techniques and tools, develop good practice methods and stay motivated, you need a good teacher. I have been showing hundreds of watercolor students all over the world how to paint in my online art classes. My method is a replicable system that you can apply in your own style as proven by my students. I would love to have you join me in one of my many online watercolor classes. Come check out what's new at the Inspiration Place!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

How to Get Published in Art Magazines

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In the beginning of 2014, I made a goal to get published in art magazines. Starting with the end goal in mind, I knew the only way to get "discovered" was to submit the art myself to the magazines. I made submitting my art a priority in 2014.

Steps to getting your art published

The first step to getting published is to research the magazine's deadlines and editors. Somerset Studio has many different publications specializing in different areas of art. Their online site has very clear guidelines on what they are looking for.  Although they now accept digital submissions, I knew that sending them my physical journal would give it the best chance of getting it published.

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Schedule it

I checked out the deadlines and then put one of the deadlines on my calendar. You can fuss with a journal forever, and giving me a deadline forced me to stick with a plan of submission.

You can't predict what they want

This is my art journal page before I submitted it to the magazine. I was surprised by the pages they chose as they favored my text based posts rather than my more painterly pages. However, you can't predict what they are looking for since many of the artists featured in the same magazine had more imagery on their art journal pages. Notice how the first item on my action plan last year was to submit to magazines.
You can find my article in the January/February 2015 edition of Art Journaling magazine. If you are looking for inspiration for your journal they feature more than 150 journal pages each issue, which also means that you have a great chance of being selected.

Make your Art Stand Out

Before I shipped my art journal out, I decorated the package. I wasn't sure if I was overdoing it but the editors loved it and included a photo of the package inside the magazine.

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After they select you.

The magazine notified me by email that they would like to publish my art along with an article request. I was paid for the article and given just a week to draft my story.

An Art Journal Page

The magazine published this art journal page. You can collect this inspiration art on etsy.

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Coming Attractions

Next week I am going to talk about my mantra for 2015....stay tuned

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014

As I unpack 2014, I take a look at the more popular blog posts for the last year. I like doing these round ups for several reasons. First, it allows me to share the best of the best with you and second, it guides me in deciding what I should be blogging about in the coming year. I also added some notes about why I think these posts became so popular.

5 Artists to Follow on Instagram

Looking for Instagram Inspiration?

Who else is obsessed with instagram? Instagram is definitely one of my favorite social media platforms to use...did you see yesterday's post where I rounded up the most popular instagram picture? Take a look and tell me which was your favorite!

Art Journal Inspiration

Most Popular Art Journal Idea: Hobbies to Go
The majority of the popular posts (that made top ten in terms of traffic) were all about art journaling. Art journaling was my obsession in 2014 and I just got my art journal published in Art Journaling magazine by Somerset Studio (more about that in a future post) If you are interested in art journaling, I do have a free eBook which collects many of these art journal blog posts into a single source. 
Art Retreat Review

Art Retreat Review

My review of an art retreat with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer made the top ten list and I think it was because she gave me a shout out on her blog. This is why you should never underestimate the power of building relationships with others in your industry. Don't think of other artists as competitors...they can be your biggest collaborators and supporters.

I truly loved doing this live in person class with Julie... so much so that I signed up for another live class at The Ink Pad in New York City. I can't wait to go. I love turning the tables and getting to be a student rather than the teacher!

Art Goals for 2015

Make goals....Share goals

I only just published this blog post this month...was it last week? So I was pleased as punch to see that it had climbed to the top spot. A lot of folks responded positively to reading my art goals and this post inspired them in their own goal making. I only made 7 goals for 2014, but I got very specific. Have you written your goals yet?
cute workout clothes for the gym

When an artist works out... 

This post I put together just for fun. I had been playing around with "fashion fridays" but the only post that really took off was this one about my workout clothes. I had several pins with my exercise outfits go viral ( in the thousands of repins) Some of which I deleted when I got annoyed that my workout clothes were getting more attention than my art. Why should I be surprised? Everyone wants to get fit...including me... and these leggings are so darn cute.


Top Myths about How to Use Pinterest

Power of Pinning

Speaking of pinterest, since I was having so much success on pinterest, I decided to share successful tips in the blog post: Top Myths about How to Use Pinterest


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Which blog post was your favorite and what would you like me to write about in 2015?

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