Deleting Old Blog Posts, Videos, Etc.

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I know many of you, especially those of you who have been creating content for a long time, have some not not so wonderful old content that you’d like to get rid of.  However, it may not be in you best interest.  Unless you’ve done a change in direction, that content is probably helpful.  Here’s why.

  1. You may be deleting content that shows up well in search.  We all create content for people to find us.  So why delete something that helps you with that goal?
  2. People who follow you may actually like the volume of content that they can lost in.  When you have a large amount of content, this helps people to get to know you, and become familiar with you, which helps with your ultimate goal: getting your product into their hands.
  3. Your crappy stuff is inspirational.  Yes, the person who wants to blog or make videos, can look at your earlier stuff and say, “oh, if they started out that way, I can do it.”  Doesn’t that make you feel a little better?

Now, I’m not saying you absolutely shouldn’t delete ANYTHING.  If there’s something that’s just too horrible than fine, but maybe just reorganizing your website so that all the new shiny stuff is front and center.

Have any of you had experience deleting old content?  Was it helpful or not?  Leave a comment below.

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What To Say When Your Art Isn’t Real

Not Real Art

Some people have this idea that their type of art is the only real art, and because your art doesn’t fit in their category of art, they feel the need to make you feel less than for your chosen medium and/or style.  So, what do we do with these people?

First of all, let’s look at the definition of art.  Merriam-Webster defines art as something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.  This is a very broad definition that applies to many different styles.  Whether you’re doing graphite drawings or oil paintings, or abstract or realism, it all falls under the definition of art.

Everyone has preferences from food, movies, music, to more important things, like what they prefer in a future spouse.  It doesn’t mean the other person’s preference is wrong.  It’s just not right for you.

Usually the people who say you’re art isn’t real art, are very insecure about theirs.  So when the little monster comes around to tell you that you don’t make real art, kill it with a smile, and go make more art.  Remember, the little monster means you’re doing a good job actually making art instead of hiding in a closet.

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Thoughts on Beginning Artist Books

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There are many wonderful beginner books.  Mostly these are good for introducing you to the medium and getting you started with some techniques.  The problem becomes staying in them too long because you don’t feel like your art is good enough to move on.  More than likely your skill level will never be as good as the art in the book, and that’s ok.

Once you’ve done some paintings or drawings from those beginning books, move on to the more advanced books.  Your skill level will improve much more quickly that way.  Find an artist that does a style that you enjoy and has instructional books or videos and learn from them.

So if you’ve been in beginning books for a while, it may be time to move up.  You may just notice a jump in the improvement on your work.

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Seattle Coffee [Coffee Painting]

Seattle Coffee (c)
5×7 coffee painting of Ampersand Gessoboard.

This was my first experiment using coffee and acrylic mediums.  I think it came out decently enough for the first try.  I didn’t like the gloss medium as much as I thought I would.  I may try mixing both the gel and the gloss next time to see if I get more of what I was looking for.  I’m also not sure if I like the gessoboard or not.  It’s a very smooth surface with was nice for the first layer, but I found it difficult to work with for the top layers.  I’ll have to try it again and see.  I may need a canvas with more texture.

Anyway,  I wanted this to be a little bit more of a looser painting and have something to do with Seattle.  So, I thought of a cup spilling out into a cityscape of Seattle.  My first wash wash really watery, and when the drips happened I kind of went with it.  Seems to have added a nice little touch to it.  Some of them went a little longer than I wanted, but oh well.  It was a fun little practice piece, and I have some ideas for next time!

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Sip of Coffee [Coffee]

Are you choosing the right white paint?

White Paint

Yes, not all white paints are made equal.  Keep in mind that all of this may vary depending on the brand and type of paint you’re using, but these are the general guidelines for white paint.

Titanium White.  This is an opaque white.  It’s known to be a bright white and have a high tinting strength.  However, sometimes this can be too much if you’re just wanting to tint it slightly.

Flake White.  Another opaque white, but is slighter warmer than the titanium.

Zinc White.  This is your transparent white.  It’s also a cooler white, so make sure you don’t accidentally cool down an area you wanted to be a warmer tone.  You can use this white to tint color, or add rays of light.

As always, I recommend that you experiment with the different types of white and see what will work best for your style and painting.

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Color, Contrast, and Drawling


Color has isn’t importance, but it’s not as important as you might think.  If your color is close enough and everything else is done right, you’re painting is going to be just fine.  However, if the contrast isn’t high enough, you’ll up with a flat painting.  Contrast is also even more important in paintings that aren’t realistic since you’re not relying on details to tell you about your subject.

If you’re having trouble with contrast, do some black and white pieces in either pencil or charcoal.  That will give a better understanding of light and dark.  Drawling will be more important in realism than other styles, but if something’s drawn in first place, you’re painting will be off.  So don’t be so quick to blame the poor color when it’s likely not it’s fault.

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Want To Improve Your Work?

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Here are a few ideas to help you improve your work.

This is just my style.  Many artists will say this as an excuse not to improve or take classes.  You don’t have to go to school, but just learning techniques in general is a good idea.  Your style will evolve over time, and not learning a technique to help you with that will only hurt your style in the long run.

Keep you lines clean.  This is especially true when working on watercolor paper.  Using an eraser damages the paper.  Having little sketchy lines everywhere is not attractive.  Sketching it out on tracing paper first and then using transfer paper can be much more effective if you have a hard time with messy lines like I do.

Slow down. Sometimes it’s not that your painting isn’t good.  It just isn’t finished yet.  I can spend hours on an 8×10 watercolor painting.  Make sure you have the color and contrast good enough.  Once I slowed down on my watercolors I noticed a large difference in the amount of detail I could get.

Don’t let frustration stop you.  Sometimes you get so frustrated that your work isn’t good enough that you want to give up, but often times that leads to new inspiration about doing something better.  I was frustrated about my coffee and tea paintings fading over time.  So I came up with the idea of using an acrylic binder and acrylic mediums.  If you’re work isn’t as good as someone else’s, stop and study theirs to figure out why.  You’ll probably see a big improvement once you’re done.

It’s not always you.  Just because things aren’t working out, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s because of an unlearned technique.  Maybe you need better equipment.  I noticed a huge difference when I switched from Canson XL 140lbs cold press watercolor paper to Fabriano Artistico 300lbs soft press watercolor paper.  I had bolder color, and I could get a ton more layers than I could with the Canson.

Do more paintings.  This one is kind of common sense, but the more paintings you do, the better you get.  Keep a journal and write down what worked with this painting and what didn’t.  What did you like and not like?  This will help you know what to do next time.


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Multiple Art Incomes

Multiple Art Incomes

If you’re like most people, you would love to just make paintings, sell them, and live a happy life.  However, this usually doesn’t work.  You need multiple sources coming from your art.  Often times people supplement that with teaching.  You can do this in person or via the internet.  DVDs, Google Hangouts, they’re beautiful things.  Teaching isn’t for everyone.  I understand that.  Luckily, there are other things.

First there’s the well known art prints, which I’m currently working on being able to offer.  This gives you a way to sell a piece more than once.  There are many companies to choose from and each has their advantages and disadvantages.  It really depends on what you want as to which company you choose to go with.  Art prints will usually not be enough.

Speed videos are also popular.  Put them up on YouTube and turn on the advertisements.  You could also do vlogs if you choose.  This will also provide you with searchability as well. Don’t expect to get rich off YouTube videos.  No one really does, but if you have enough content with enough people watching, it’s at least something.

With these speed videos, you now have some content that you can offer as paid content.  Have full length videos that people pay to access on a site like Patreon.  There are also other bonuses you can add for them.  Look around different pages and see what other people offer to give you ideas.  You can do it on a monthly or by content basis.  You can see my page here.

The point with all of this is that you will need more than one, possibly all of them to have a living with art.  You may play around with them until you figure out where you land.  Not everyone is the same.  It’s a fun adventure that all of us go on.  If you have creative ways that you’ve earned money let me know about it in the comment section below.

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How To Not Get Bored With Art



Sometimes, especially when you’re learning, doing the same thing over and over can create boredom.  So here are some ideas for you.  First of all, if you’re still in the learning phase or haven’t figured out a process that works for you yet, working in a smaller scale can help.  That way you’re not spending a huge amount of time on a large project.  Second, change up your mediums.  You can also do mixed media.  Do your background in watercolor or inktense and then your subject with colored pencil.

There will also be times when you feel the need to be creative, but you’re brain just isn’t working for an art piece.  That’s when you need a project: crochet, adult coloring books, etc.  You can come back to your other stuff later.  So don’t be discouraged if boredom sets in.  It may just mean that you need a switch up.

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