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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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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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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Interested in the process I followed to create The Water Lily painting? This post explains many of the steps that I planned and painted to produce the final painting. It includes my reasoning for color choices, composition and more.
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I have started publishing art book reviews lately. I was absolutely delighted when Barry John Raybould from the Virtual Art Academy asked me if I was interested in writing a review of the Virtual Art Academy® Reference Library. I have been a member of the Virtual Art Academy for a several months now, dedicatedly following each of the lessons. Even after such a short time my work has improved, a lot of it down to the extremely high-quality content that Barry teaches.
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I’m on a continuous journey for knowledge and skill in the art realm; and along my path popped up the Oil Painter’s Solution Book: Landscapes by Elizabeth Tolley. I love Tolley’s artwork; it is filled with so much color and life. In this book she explores you how to paint such vivid paintings. It is often so hard to decide if a book is suitable for you; so this post explores the books contents as a review to help you.
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I’m always on the lookout for more art books that will help me learn how to be an artist, but many of them don’t focus on the concept of painting daily. This is a review for the book Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist by Carole Marine.
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There are SO many books about (oil) painting on the market that it’s really hard to choose which one to buy. This is an in-depth review for the book Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice by Mitchell Albala. I’ve done a chapter-by-chapter review, explaining what that specific chapter covers and whether I found it helpful.
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When it comes to art, so much depends advice is dependant upon the artist’s personal opinions and taste. Certain art styles, such as impressionism vs realism, will need different tools and colors. The same is the case for brushes… I have attempted to collect a list of what is most commonly recommended for beginner artists.
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A delicate and small flower will only be noticed if it makes a big appearance. This clematis flower does this by shining with vibrant pinks.
This artwork is a unique step away from my traditional watercolour work and towards a new and upcoming media form: coloured pencils. Coloured pencils have been used for centuries, but it has only be in the recent years that they have been so much more widely accepted in art galleries and as a professional art medium. With excellent lightfastness and an ability to get incredibly small details accurately rendered, coloured pencils make an excellent media for artists.
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