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]
Aug
2
2010

August Artist of the Month - Renae Schoeffel

Renae Schoeffel is a world-wide collected, self-taught, emerging abstract artist who finds inspiration through many different avenues, anything she sees, from the universe and it’s unbelievable displays, the cinema, the earth and nature.  There are so many beautiful colors in the world and finding new ways to bring them together is her mission. Renae’s journey toward becoming a full time artist began very young with her mother. She instilled a love of many art forms with her own love of creation through doll making with clay and nylon, as well as, portrait sketches. Through the years, Renae developed a love of many different... [More]
May
12
2010

Commissioned Art - How to Stay in Control Throughout the Process by M Theresa Brown

Commissioned art. It's the bread and butter art for many artists. It's what pays the bills. And it's also the one area where an unsuspecting and unprepared artist first comes face to face with Client Changes. Learning HOW to prevent surprise changes is the key to an artist enjoying creating commissioned art.So let's start with the artist's best scenario: You've created, completed and been paid for the art commission by your client. She is delighted, appreciative and cannot wait to display your artwork in her home.Then comes the artist's worst scenario: the phone call or email asking for changes in the commissioned piece.What happened? Why wou... [More]

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