10 Great Art Books for Inspiration, Education & Motivation (Part 1)

Lots of people love art books, and if you’re reading this you probably do too. I have a very nice collection, although far from complete. Below are ten favorites in my collection that I refer to time and time again for inspiration, education & motivation. While this is certainly not Oprah’s book club or a complete list of art books, these are all  worthy of a read…

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Art Marketing – Flootie.com is Up and Running

Art marketing has a new playground and it’s now ready for artists, galleries, dealers and art collectors who want to buy and sell art. Flootie.com ended the beta testing phase and kicked things off with a first class launch party. The concept is solid, the site is fairly simple to navigate, the party was fun, but the most intriguing fact that I want you to get is this…

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Still Life Painting with Fresh Peppers

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“Still Life with Peppers” Craig Shillam, 11″ x 14″, oil/canvas

One of the best parts about “still life painting with fresh peppers” was actually going to a local market and examining all the possibilities in the produce department. When it came down to setting up the actual still life, the peppers were really cooperative models in the process. This painting had a particular purpose, and that purpose was to be part of an auction for the local art association…

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Artistic Success – Get Some Help

Success is different for everybody, and as an artist you probably do most things yourself either by choice or by necessity. One thing about success that you can count on is the fact that you are going to need  help at some point, or maybe at every step. This whole idea that an artist can paint away in their studio day after day and then magically get “discovered” and never have to do anything but simply paint is just folly. Put in the work and get some help. Embrace help and make the most of that help…

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Whats Luck Got to do With It?

“Whats Luck Got to do With It?” CashArtBlog

What does luck have to do with anything? Some people say a lot, while others don’t believe in luck at all. If everything is going great is that good luck or is it something else? When nothing is going right is that bad luck or just failure? Are some people just luckier than others, or is everybody lucky at different times? Below are some thoughts and quotes about this little four letter word…

 

 

Luck in Thirteen Quotes

 

I actually believe that I am lucky. Luckier at some things more than others. Do You believe you have a little bit of luck goin’ your way? Even though I think I am lucky at times, I sure wouldn’t want to rely on luck as a foundation to accomplishing anything worthwhile.

  1. “Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”     Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”      Benjamin Franklin
  3. “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the luckier I get.”                    Thomas Jefferson
  4. “Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves.”       Larry King
  5. “Luck is when opportunity knocks and you answer.”    Unknown
  6. “Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny.”     Don Sutton
  7. “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”                     Dalai Lama  XIV
  8. “Luck is tenacity of purpose.”  Elbert Hubbard
  9. “Luck never made a man wise.”  Seneca  (Roman Philosopher)
  10. “I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.”   Brian Tracy
  11. “I believe life is a series of near misses. A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future. It’s seeing what other people don’t see and pursuing that vision,”     Howard Schultz
  12. “People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.”   Frank Sinatra
  13. “Luck is believing your lucky.”       Tennessee Williams

 

Luck, Fortune or Fate

 

Call it what you want. Believe  in what you want. Whether it is good fortune, fate, or just plain luck, there is probably a lot of hard work and self-belief right along with it. I can’t explain why bad things happen to some people and good things happen to others. It just does.

Two artists go into the same gallery on the same day, one gets accepted, and the other gets a no thank you. All things being equal, is that luck? You buy a stock on Tuesday, the stock market tanks on Thursday. Is it bad luck, bad research, or just the chance you take?

Moving forward it’s probably better to work towards making your own luck than to wait for your lucky ship to come in. Work hard and smart, try making your creative mind work for you  and use the 80/20 Rule to your advantage, and believe in yourself.

One more quote about luck.You really didn’t want me to stop at 13 did you?

“When it comes to luck, you make your own.”     Bruce Springsteen

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Art Marketing – What is Flootie.com?

A brand new art marketing website called Flootie is about ready to launch, and you might want to check it out. Whether you are an artist, dealer, gallery owner or collector, the Flootie concept sounds like it has some real art marketing potential. At the time of this writing the site is not up just yet, with October 30th, 2012 as the projected  launch date. The owner of Flootie describes it as “Kinda like a dating service for art”, with the networking of Facebook, marketing of Ebay, the freedom of Craigslist with a focus on the arts.

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10 Big Reasons for Painting Small

Some artists like to paint big, and some like painting small.  Either way is just fine.  Painting small does have some advantages, and below are some reasons you may want to consider when determining what size your next piece should be.

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15 Interesting Notes about Frank Tenney Johnson

 

Frank Tenney Johnson

“Singing ’em to Sleep” Frank Tenney Johnson, Oil, 1926

Many people have seen some of the paintings of Frank Tenney Johnson, but most know very little about this great painter. Like many successful painters, Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) lived an interesting life outside the studio that helps us enjoy and appreciate the paintings done inside the studio all the more…

 

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Patriotic Art for the 4th of July

 

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“USS Constitution HMS Guerrierre” Artist Unknown

How about a little patriotic art for the 4th of July? Independence Day in America is a celebration, and should be  a lot more than an appliance sale, a used car deal, or a special on a big screen TV. So before you fire up the barbecue and pop open a cold one, how about checking out some patriotic art

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Art Smart – Under Promise & Over Deliver

Part of being a little art smart is knowing what you can’t do. Most of us end up learning this the hard way; or never learning it all. Making a promise that you can’t keep is no way to build a relationship, a business, or an art career. Start now to know what can do, what you can’t do, and what you won’t do. When you learn to under promise, and then back it up with an over deliver, the stress level in your professional life drops off a cliff. The sooner you do this on a regular basis the better off you will be…

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