Artist Strong Blog

Enjoy interviews and articles about creative process and our inherent creative spirit.

Secrets for a Successful Solo Show

Today on Artist Strong we will talk about my advice on how to navigate a solo show of your art. Hi, my name is Carrie Brummer and here on Artist Strong I help creatives like you build your skill and develop your unique artist voice. Today I want to talk about some...

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The Big Misconception About Making Portraits

Do you struggle with the idea that the only way to be successful at selling portrait art is through commissions only?  Why would someone want to buy a painting of someone they don’t even know? Hi, my name is Carrie Brummer and here on Artist Strong I help creatives...

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How long should a painting take?

When people look at your art have you ever been asked, “how long did it take?” It makes me curious: what does the length of time spent on an artwork tell us? And what do the viewers asking about it feel they understand by learning the answer to this question? It can...

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Stop Sticking to a Single Style: Here’s Why

There is a lot of feedback out there nowadays saying that if you want to get your artwork seen in galleries or even try to become “famous” that you have to create your own style. Hearing this a lot of people make one more assumption: this means you are stuck with one...

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How to feel satisfied with more of your art

Is any artist ever fully satisfied with their work?  Hi, my name is Carrie Brummer and here on Artist Strong I help creatives like you build your skill and develop your unique artist voice. Today I want to talk about the satisfaction (or lack there of) that we can...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Acrylic Paints

Mary asked some great questions about acrylics and specifically about use of brushes and blending for her portrait art. I talk about my step-by-step process for painting portraits in acrylic as well as the blending techniques that help me create softer transitions...

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What is gestalt? And how does it hurt your drawing?

What is gestalt? And how does it hurt your drawing? In psychology there is a term called gestalt. Oxford dictionary defines it as: “an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.” Say what? That’s what I want to talk about with you today. Our...

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What are the secrets to drawing realistic faces?

Have you ever wanted to better capture likeness in your portraits of people? Have you ever wondered if you could? When I was little I got this idea in my head that the only measure of being a good artist was to draw realistically. Not only should I be able to draw...

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