Artist Strong Blog

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

How do you name your artwork?

Struggling to name an artwork? You aren’t alone. I’ve had quite a few people confess that their Untitled artwork is more about feeling intimidated or overwhelmed to choose a name for their art rather than it being integral or important to the meaning of the work. I...

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What does “gallery ready” mean?

What does it mean to have your artwork "gallery ready?" Do YOU have a question about certain terms, details in an application you don't quite understand? Post your questions below and I'll choose some for a future episode.

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After your art is rejected… what’s next?

Just this week I applied to three opportunities. Within two days one already got back to me: my art wasn’t selected for the show. I was a bit surprised because I thought my work was a really strong fit. At the same point in time I shrugged my shoulders and went on...

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How to Master Likeness in Portraits

Hi my name is Carrie and here on Artist Strong I help artists like you build your skill and develop your unique artist voice. Today I want to talk about mastering likeness in your portraits. We are going to talk about: How capturing likeness isn’t about copying the...

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How a portfolio review can help your art

Finding your voice doesn't have to be an elusive, hard-to-discover challenge. And today, I'll show you a step-by-step way to begin to look at your work and understand the voice that you already express in your art. In this feedback session I discuss: -how feedback can...

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The Value (heh) of a Good Light Source In Your Art

In this 1-1 feedback session I offer community member Tia feedback on an artwork in progress. Here’s what you’ll learn:   I talk a lot about studying light source and how adding values that correspond with the suggested light source will create dimension in both...

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When your artwork doesn’t match what you imagined

When you get inspired to create, how does that inspiration inform your final work? Does it have to match exactly what you imagined for you to feel the work is a success? What happens if the work decides to be something different? Hi my name is Carrie and here on...

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Money Mindset: How to Write a Budget for an Artist Grant

How do you know what you don’t know? Too many of us hold unexamined, internalized definitions of what it means to make art and be an artist. And to make matters worse, it is often the case these subconscious beliefs about our art are negative and critical. Just...

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How perfectionism holds you back from making your best art

Have you ever made a commitment to yourself and your art, only to find that life gets in the way? I certainly have! In the build up to my solo exhibition, I made a commitment to make art everyday in the month of May. But… I started off the month missing the first two...

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