6 PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN

As William Lidwell stated in Universal Principles of Design: “The best designers sometimes disregard the principles of design. When they do so, however, there is usually some compensating merit attained at the cost of the violation. Unless you are certain of doing as well, it is best to abide by the principles.” As a person…

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Branding 101

Sell out or selling art? It seems as though there is sometimes a perception that being a successful artist entails selling out. I find it difficult to believe that the two options for artists are sell out or starving artist. In order to be a successful brand, corporate companies often spend billions of dollars on…

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Discover Your Personal Art & Design Style

Understanding what your personal art style is can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. As artists, we all want to be successful and sometimes don’t treat our art with the same respect we would another job. Also as artist, we often have other jobs so making a commitment to our art can be challenging. Whether it…

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Creating the Future You Want

  Many years ago I was introduced to a technique called mind mapping. Later the concept evolved in to vision boards and vision books all of which are ways of helping me create my envisioned future. In general, mind mapping is pretty simple and easy to do! Mind mapping is essentially a graphic way to…

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How to Nurture Your Inner Artist

I am an artist, designer and educator, not necessarily in that order. For years I told people that I was a designer and worked in the development business, “oh and by the way, I am an artist.” It’s how I saw myself. I don’t exactly know when my viewpoint changed. I’m still an active developer,…

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Just Paint: Painting Commissions

What does it mean for an artist to paint commissions? In the art world, a “commission” is the hiring and payment for the creation of a piece of art, often on behalf of another. I think I speak with confidence when I say the word itself can sometimes be intimidating for an artist. Most artists…

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