QR Code – What is it, and do artists need one?

What is a QR Code and would an artist benefit from having one? Have you seen those things popping up here and there, those crossword puzzle-like looking deals without any numbers on them? They are called a QR Code. QR is short for quick response, and is essentially a different and more exciting way for people to access your website, contact information, or anything else you want to promote.

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20 things I learned in the Sign Business that helped my Art Business

As it turns out, the Art business has a few things in common with the sign business. Having spent many years in the sign business, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with hundreds of every day people on a custom sign just for them. I have also had the opportunity to do many commissioned paintings and murals, art shows, auctions, etc., and I’ve noticed a few things… [Read more…]

Drawing – 16 Great Art Quotes that Will Inspire You

Read any good art quotes lately? If you think about it, how many people in the world can draw really, really well? Not that many, all things considered. Sometimes we let the basics slip by the way side as we roll merrily on our  way. What is more basic than drawing for most artists?  Check out the following  art quotes and see if they don’t make you want to pick up a pencil or some charcoal… [Read more…]

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Have You Thought about Your Legacy?

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“Passing Place” copyright, Craig Shillam

Have you thought about your legacy? Do you care about your legacy? Should you care? Does it even matter?

You are probably leaving a legacy whether you have thought about it or not, whether you care or not. Whether you are a visual artist, blogger, sculptor, musician, animator, designer, sign artist, or a dogcatcher, you are going to leave a legacy. The question is what kind of legacy?

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Make Compound Interest Work for You

Compound Interest is a powerful thing. Albert Einstein wrote about compounding being the most powerful force in the universe. Benjamin Franklin espoused the virtues of compound interest as the best way he new to become wealthy. People use it every day to their advantage, and you should too. [Read more…]

A Casual Conversation with a Serious Art Collector

 

Peter Max, Andy Warhol with a Mustache

It is an absolute pleasure to visit a home of a real art collector, full of original art, and It’s an absolute crime that I don’t get to do it that often. I recently had the opportunity to visit the home of Dr. Jim and Paulie Harken, and talk to them about collecting art.  [Read more…]

10 Steps for Staying Relevant

Staying Relevant in you art and your business is important for you to think about in the fast paced world we live in today. When you and your work are relevant, you put yourself in a position to benefit and stay ahead of those who are not paying attention. [Read more…]

Create and Accomplish More by Knowing What to Ignore

You can be more creative, accomplish more, and enjoy life a whole lot more if you get good at knowing who and what to ignore. Knowing who and what to ignore comes with time and reflection for some, and out of necessity for others.

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Product Review – Daniel Edmondson Online Still Life Painting Workshop

Craig Shillam, still life, Edmondson workshop, oil

 

Thinking about taking an oil painting workshop or lessons? Want to take those lessons or that painting workshop on your own time at your own pace? Looking for a knowledgeable instructor and a great value? Check out Daniel Edmondson’s online oil painting workshop.  I did, and I’ll tell you about it….

 

 

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2012 Howard Terpning Retrospective

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“The Shaman and His Magic Feathers”, Howard Terpning, oil on canvas

The Autry National Center in Los Angeles, California, has announced that it will host a major retrospective of oil paintings by american artist Howard Terpning, beginning in May 2012. The exhibition is expected to show more than 80 paintings, although the Autry Center is still looking for several  Terpning pieces for possible inclusion into the exhibit. Howard Terpning is undoubtedly one of the most successful painters of the western genre’, and to have the opportunity to see this many of his works in one place should not be missed by fans of his and Western/Indian art.

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