Artist Strong Blog

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

How to Stop Overworking Your Art

“You murder your paintings.” This is some of the only feedback I remember from my university days. And while it clearly stung enough I remember it to this day, I also remember agreeing in complete frustration with my professor when she and I talked about my work....

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How to Be an Artist: Andrea Holmes

Andrea Holmes is a Texas based mural artist and painter. Andrea is the host of Birdtober, co-founder of My Fairy Art Mother, co-host of McKinney Creative Community, and she serves on the MillHouse McKinney Art Events Team. She has an Associates in Art and a Bachelors...

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Someone ask for free art? Here’s your reply.

Have friends, family or even random people asked for your work or time for free? How do you deal with people who ask for something that’s not your style or a not project you want to take on? Hi, my name is Carrie Brummer and here on Artist Strong I help creatives like...

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Do This to Measure your Artistic Growth

It’s important in the learning process to understand the power of having periodic assessments. In schools, the terms used also include quizzes and tests. Most of us think of these assessments as measures of our success and worth. This couldn’t be further from the...

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3 Steps to Start Selling your Art

Today’s episode is for you if you are completely new to selling your art, think you might want to try, and aren’t quite sure how to get started. Hi, my name is Carrie Brummer and here on Artist Strong I help creatives like you build your skill and develop your unique...

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Use These Tips to Improve Your Portraits

Use the following tips to improve your portrait art today. We discuss: How to use an eraser as a tool (rather than a crutch) Measurement strategies for accuracy of facial features Focusing on value to capture likeness in a portrait, and  some tips for working in vine...

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10 Ways to Title Your Art

I have a question. Do you have advice about how to title an artwork? 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 share 10 ways you can find a title for your art. What...

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Abstract Art: How do you know it’s finished?

In this art lesson we talk about how to finish an abstract artwork. Using an example of student work we discuss: is it finished? How do you know when it’s finished? I talk about movement and why it’s important to take time to study the work and how our eyes travel...

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