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Starting The Elephant Commission

Work In Progress Photo of Elephant Commission, by Kat Skinner

I’m working on this gorgeous photo of two elephants, for a custom commission. This is by far my largest artwork I have worked on to date. Most of my work is so detailed and time-consuming that I tend to paint smaller sized paintings (max 30x40cm – 12x16in). Whilst this artwork is far from finished, I thought it would be worth while to share some in-progress photos.

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Why Artists Need To Have A Website

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A website can be a great idea for any artist looking to improve their professional image, provide additional income streams and to showcase their artwork in general. In this article I will cover the pros and cons of owning a website.

Did you know, this post is the first of several – all of which explore artists and their need for websites!

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Have you heard of the #ArtistsCommunity

Have you heard about the ArtistsCommunity? It’s a growing group of artists on YouTube who are working towards a better and more supportive platform… It’s so easy for good channels with Amazing (with a capital A) content to be overwhelmed or hidden by channels that produce mediocre content. So often these channels stop producing their videos… because what’s the point when you put so much effort into something with so little ROI. Sometimes its just nice to receive a friendly comment, an upvote or like, and a subscriber. Sometimes that little action of clicking like or typing a comment can take only a minute or two from our day, but can change someone’s life for a day or even a week.

This is the purpose of the Artists Community. It’s about supporting each other to grow as channels and as individuals.

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Time-lapse of the Blue-Throated Macaw Pastel Painting

Writers are often told “don’t tell, show”. Why should it be any different for artists?An artist aims to instill life into their artwork, and a great way to help the viewer to connect is for them to see how it was created. This could be photos that you share to Instagram and facebook, or even videos. Continue reading Time-lapse of the Blue-Throated Macaw Pastel Painting

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Time-lapse Of Ring Tail Lemur Pastel Painting

Ring Tail Lemur Pastel Painting by Kat Skinner

I’m so excited; I just launched my YouTube channel!

The very first video is a time-lapse of the Ring Tail Lemur pastel painting. I hope to upload a lot more videos to YouTube, as I make them. I’m interested in making art lesson videos for both beginners and more advanced artists. I will also upload time-lapse videos of my personal artwork. Continue reading Time-lapse Of Ring Tail Lemur Pastel Painting

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The Oil Painting Course You’ve Always Wanted by Kathleen Lochen Staiger Book Review

The Oil Painting Course You've Always Wanted by Kathleen Staiger

Finding quality books can sometimes be a problem; there are many books that cover the same basic information without anything unique. I’m on a search for the books that you keep for a lifetime. This is an in-depth book review of The Oil Painting Course You’ve Always Wanted by Kathleen Lochen Staiger.
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Show Your Work by Austin Kleon Book Review

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon Book Cover

You can post all the paintings you want on your website and send links to your friends, but it will only get you so far. Unless you are famous chances are you don’t have a huge following of fans all fighting each other to be the highest bidder of your latest artwork.

In order to be found, you have to be findable.

Austin Kleon aims to change your situation in his book Show Your Work: 10 Ways To Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered. The book is about how to self promote yourself and your products in perhaps what can be seen as a more humble way. By sharing their own work they can in turn ask for fellowship, feedback or patronage.
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How I Painted The Lemons

Last Step of The Lemons

I realized that there are several artwork pieces that I just haven’t included making of posts for; in fact there is quite a back log. The Lemons oil painting is one of those artworks that I never got around to writing about how I painted it. Not everyone likes to see how a painting is made, but I love writing these posts as a sort of self-reflection. I remember when I first started learning, I would often browse the blogs of artists I admire to learn how they painted.
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How I Painted The Autumn Leaves Watercolor Painting

Autumn Leaves, Watercolor Art by Kat Skinner

Have you ever wanted how the artist you admire painted or drew that particular artwork? More and more artists are filming themselves working – something I am looking into myself. Until then, I can offer you the steps that I have taken to create some of my more popular artwork. This post shows the process of creating the Autumn Leaves watercolor painting.
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