Dec
21
2010

How Daily Painting Can Make You a Better Artist by Mike Rooney

If you've been around the painting business any amount of time you've probably heard the term "daily painting." But you may be asking "what is that exactly?" and may be wondering what it could offer you. Daily painting is a movement that started years ago and is pretty much attributed to an artist named Duane Keiser. It started when he would paint a small painting (around 6x8) and post it on Ebay and auction it off, every day. If you're familiar with the online art business today that doesnt sound so revolutionary but back before there were hundreds of thousands of artists selling online, that was revolutionary. Back then just about everyb... [More]
Aug
18
2010

Defeating "Da Funk" by Mike Rooney

Ever been in a "funk" and can't paint? If you're very serious about your painting (vs. doing it once in a while for fun) you know that "da funk" can really rattle you. Sometimes it hits you out of nowhere and sometimes it comes at other more predictable times. Lets look at what causes it, and i'll give you some tips to get you going again. First lets look at some things that cause "da funk."  One is sheer burnout. Lets say you've been working on a series of paintings or an event (like a show) that either took a long time to complete or took alot out of you (creatively and/or physically). For this symptom the remedy is to take a few days... [More]
May
12
2010

Creativity Needs Peace and Quiet by Mike Rooney

I've had an epiphany sometime over the last few months. Slow down and do better paintings. I thought you might like to see how I corrected a dangerous course of action so you'll have something to think about before you go down the same road or have to correct course like me.Here's the skinny.I've been a full-time painter selling in a dozen galleries up and down the eastern seaboard for almost five years now. All the wisdom of the day when I started said that you needed miles and miles of canvas behind you before you got any good. Well they were (and still are) right. But what I didn't hear was miles and miles of decent work. Don't you look at... [More]

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