As an Artist, You Must Never, Ever, Be This

As an artist you can and must do many things. First, you create  your art, whatever it may be. Then you have to show your work, market it, talk about it, plan events, enter shows, photograph it, and take care of your website. After all that, you need to make a few bucks from your efforts so you can do it all over again. But as an artist and creative person, there is one thing you must never do or be…

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West Coast Road Trip Day 6 – Carmel by-the-Sea

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The Lone Cypress

Leaving San Francisco was not easy, but the West Coast Road Trip had to get back on track with two nights and one day in Carmel By-the-Sea. The somewhat short drive south from Fisherman’s Wharf would allow us time to just hang out and discover if what I have heard about Carmel all these years was true…

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Your Plein Air Painting on Location Checklist

Be ready so you don’t have to get ready with a Plein Air Painting on Location Checklist. Keep your checklist handy, so when your ready to paint, everything you need is ready and waiting… [Read more…]

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Robert Krogle – A Contemporary Impressionist You’ll Want to Know About

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“The Window Seat” , Robert Krogle, 24″ x 18″, oil

If you have never heard of contemporary impressionist oil painter Robert Krogle, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you. If you are aware of Robert Krogle and his work, please read on, as he comments on his education, his influences, and his art…

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Still Life Painting with Grapes and Cantaloupe

 

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Still Life with Grapes and Cantaloupe, Craig Shillam, 12″ x 16″, Oil on Canvas,

In getting ready for an upcoming  art auction, I chose to do a still life painting with grapes and cantaloupe. For five years in a row I have been fortunate enough to have participated in an art auction that is a fund-raiser for my local art council, and this painting will be my “Quick Finish/”Demonstration” project.

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West Coast Road Trip Day 4 & 5 – San Francisco

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The Golden Gate Bridge - CashArtBlog

After 3 incredible days and over 1000 miles on this west coast road trip extravaganza,  it’s time to take a break from the road in San Francisco. Our senses are on overload already, none of us have ever been to San Francisco before, and we find ourselves right in the thick of things at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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West Coast Road Trip Day 3 – The Redwoods to the Golden Gate

west coast road tripOn this third day of our West Coast Road Trip, we again get up early with great expectations for the day ahead.  The first two days of this family extravaganza  have been nothing less than fantastic, and my senses are on overload. Before leaving Crescent City in the rear view mirror, we take a little detour into the Crescent City Harbor, where the sea lions have almost taken over the place.   Before going any further, if you would like to start from the beginning, here is day one.

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The Importance of Keeping a Cash Stash

In this modern, technology driven world around us, with credit cards, debit cards, money transfers, pay pal, smart phones, etc., it would be wise to remember to have some cash set aside for…

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West Coast Road Trip Day 2 – South on 101 along the Oregon Coast

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This is the second post in a series chronicling a 1700 mile west coast road trip from Spokane, Wa., to Southern California. Click on the link if you would like to read about day one.  Day two of our West Coast Road Trip finds us waking early in Lincoln City, Oregon, going to the local Grocery store for some fresh fruit around 7 am, and getting on highway 101 South towards Crescent City, CA, our destination for this day…

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West Coast Road Trip – 1700 Miles of American Grandeur

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Mt Hood in August, CashArtBlog

Having just completed a fantastic west coast road trip from Spokane, Wa., to Southern California, I thought I would share some of the highlights (and there were many) from a west coast road trip that covered small towns, big cities, mountains, beaches, wildlife, forests, deserts, rivers, the windiest road I have ever been on in my life, some 1700 miles, and 3 wrong turns…

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