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The Artist’s Magazine Blog
I’m a big fan of humanity practicing anything meditative, and that can include gardening, playing an instrument, woodworking, and of course, creating art. If you’re open to it, you’ll find that peacefulness that comes with tuning into whatever project you’re working on.
If you view a Richard Schmid painting, you will likely see his vision with you own eyes. That is his hope, as he expresses it in Alla Prima II, a masterpiece of a book that he has written to share his lifetime of painting experience and expertise.
There’s something intriguing about wild animals that make them a tempting subject for drawing. One reason is that wild animals are mysterious, especially those that seem exotic to us. Another reason is they’re simply beautiful. Sometimes their beauty puts a high price on them, which brings up a third reason: conservation awareness. And we can’t leave out the unique challenge that drawing wildlife presents in that often one has to use either only reference photos or limited face-time with the subjects.
In just two days ArtistsNetwork will launch our Annual Holiday Sweepstakes, and all you have to do is enter your email address to enter. The prizes are unbelievable–we’ve teamed up with some of your favorite art supply manufacturers and stores to come up with a list of goodies that are too good to pass up.
Today’s message comes from Mark Mehaffey, who wrote the following for Watercolor Artist (February 2013). He says that “when it comes to painting, most of us want to pick up our brushes and dive right in. That way of working is fun, but only occasionally will it result in a great painting. If you want your paintings to reach their full potential…
For months, my fireplace has been nothing more than a shelf for a few odds and ends–a vase with flowers, an Americana-style runner, and two sculptures: one, a little boy holding his ears and making a sour face, and the other, another little boy playing a flute. But spring and summer have come and gone, and we’ve all now found ourselves in the throes of fall.
Paul Dorrell, owner of Leopold Gallery, has clients that include Warner Bros., H&R Block, the Mayo Clinic, the Kansas City Chiefs, and more than 1,000 private collectors. He’s a public speaker and the author of the guidebook for artists, Living the Artist’s Life, Updated & Revised. Recently, he contributed to The Artist’s Magazine’s “Ask the Experts” column; below is a Q&A with Paul about selling giclées.
While the majority of our ArtistsNetwork newsletters are about how to improve your own art through tips and advice from contemporary professional artists, today I’d like for you to take a moment and consider your artist friends.