The Artist’s Life Blog

The Artist’s Life is one of the most well-loved blogs on Artist Daily. It is where you’ll find artists, instructors, and writers sharing what’s on their minds as they go about their creative lives in the studio. From discussions on how paints come from stardust (!) to how to work through your moods in your art, the Artist’s Life proves that a day in the life of an artist is a one-of-a-kind experience filled with fun exploration and insights into the creative process.

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Attitude Is Everything

We’ve all had those moments when the details and concerns of keeping all the plates spinning distracts us from the one thing, the most important thing, that those of us who are creative people must do–create. Even doing chores that are pleasurable, like gardening, can take us far away from our art, and soon an…

Photograph of Euonymus Alatus Monstrosa in the Forest © J. Hulsey

Glowing Embers

What is it about this time of year that can send us into a creative tailspin? Yes, the sunlight has diminished in hours and intensity, and that can account for part of the mood changes, no question. But, as we were walking through the bare forest and fields this morning, it occurred to us that…

White Roses from the House Garden by Joaquin Sorolla, 1919.

A Blessing and a Curse

“Oh please be careful with me, I’m sensitive And I’d like to stay that way.” – Jewel from “I’m Sensitive” The very same traits that give many artists and other creative folk their vivid imaginations and rich inner lives can also cause almost debilitating struggles. Sensitivity has been studied more intensely over the last couple…

Streets of Rocamadour, France, watercolor by Thomas Schaller

A Moment with Thomas Schaller

The First in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor  How did you become interested in watercolor? Growing up in rural Ohio, my only exposure to the wider world in general, and to art in particular, was through books. My mother and grandmother had quite a collection of art books, and as a kid,…

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How to Rival the Old Masters

What was emulation? The classical formation of artists and architects in the Renaissance and Baroque took the apprentice on a trajectory from imitation to emulation to invention. If imitation was the foundation of an artist’s training–copying a master’s drawings, drawing from casts, eventually drawing from the live model–emulation marked the stage where the apprentices began…

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An Artist’s Highest Obligation

It is interesting to investigate how we make creative decisions, and how so many of those decisions are based on our perceptions of, or fantasies about, how others will feel toward our work. Perhaps this is quite normal for social beings used to negotiating a world of other social beings. Sunset Reflection by John Hulsey,…

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500 Is A Very Big Deal!

Get inspired by ArtistsNetwork.tv as we celebrate our 500th Video Milestone! Learn from the world’s best artists in the comfort of your home. Starting today through December 15th, take advantage of our free video weekend. You can view our 500th and 501st video, along with the top 5 trending favorites, when you register for free…

Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood by John Singer Sargent

Sargent and Monet

We are lucky that Sargent (along with Monet and so many of their artist contemporaries) lived in a time of hand-written letters, many with sketches included, revealing interesting insights into their lives. A recent exhibition titled “Your Sincerely, John S. Sargent” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston included a selection of correspondence, drawings…

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5 Tips for Using Social Media to Market Your Art Business

Hi Artist Daily, Here’s a great post from Jennifer King on honing our social media interactions for the good of our art businesses. Take a look and enjoy! And if you want more in-depth tips consider the Art Business Booster for Success in 2016. All my best, *** We all enjoy using Facebook to stay…

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To Catch a Thief

One of the greatest forensic tools investigators have at their disposal in detecting forgeries of paintings is the pigment itself. The availability and use of pigments for oil paintings has changed over the centuries and knowledge of the chronological histories of color developments is essential to the investigation process. Forgers often find old canvasses and…

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Introverts Are Actually Normal

I’ve been reading Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and if you’re an artist, and you’re kind of quiet, and you think that you’re a misanthropic hermit because you enjoy fine art painting in your studio—alone—then get this book and read it. Whether your exuberance is expressed…