10 Great Art Books for Inspiration, Education & Motivation (Part 2)

Art Books that can teach, inspire and motivate are worth every dollar you have to lay down to own them in my opinion. In part one of this article, five art books from my collection were offered up as worthy examples. I list these books not because they have been blessed by some art establishment “ism” or anything like that. The books listed on this list are art books I own and refer to over and over again. Below are five more art books (in no particular order) that rise up out of my collection and just keep on giving back to me in one way or another…

 

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Still Life Painting With An Old Gumball Machine

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“Sugar and Vice – Detail” Craig Shillam

An older Carousel gumball machine was a great model for this particular still life painting. It didn’t move, wither, complain, smell, or take a break. It didn’t even ask for money, although I couldn’t help but notice the coin slot every time I laid eyes on this yellow beauty.

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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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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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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

 

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“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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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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A Landscape Painting of The Lone Cypress

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“The Lone Cypress”, Craig Shillam, Oil/Canvas, 12″ x 16″

A Landscape Painting Featuring The Lone Cypress

Why paint a landscape painting of The Lone Cypress? After all it is probably the most photographed tree in the world, and almost everybody has seen it before.  So why do it then? I painted this particular subject for three reasons…

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