Self Taught Artist Podcast
The mission of the Self Taught Artist Podcast is to help artists (and aspiring artists!) learn and fully discover the joy of making art.
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Today I’m making the case for painting small. It doesn’t matter what kind of painting you like to do – acrylic painting, watercolor painting, gouache painting, or oil painting – this episode applies to all kinds of artists! For a long time, I thought “bigger is better” when it comes to art. I wrongly equated size to quality and impact. This week, I’m telling you all about my experiments with painting small studies and small paintings. I’m convinced, especially for learning, small substrates can’t be beat!
This is the podcast episode I wish I had during a really tough time in my art journey. I’m sharing the low moments I’ve had dealing with a bad review on Etsy and trying to appease unhappy customers. Thankfully, it is rare that I have to deal with an unhappy customer. Unfortunately, they happen from time to time, even if you’re doing your best to make everyone happy. Today’s episode is for anyone who has ever dealt with a bad review or may deal with one in the future. If you’re putting yourself out there, these things happen from time to time. It’s how you respond to them that matter!
Let’s make it a summer to remember. Today’s episode is about how to have an Art STAYcation. Even if you’re not traveling somewhere this summer for vacation, you can make awesome art memories at home. Today I’m talking about how to plan a memorable staycation, what kinds of projects are perfect for an artist staycation, and the benefits of doing an art staycation in the first place! For me, summer is all about creating fun memories and an art staycation is a way to bust out of your normal routine and dive more deeply into your art. Depending on how much time you have, you can scale up or scale down your art staycation — it could last just an afternoon, a whole day, or a whole weekend!!
It’s summer time and I know a lot of people go traveling this time of year. On today’s podcast, we’re talking about how to bring your art supplies with you on vacation! I’m going to share my favorite way to paint on vacation and share my art with others (hint: postcards!!), my favorite vacation painting medium, and the supplies I’d pack if I had a trip coming up.
Don’t leave your creativity at home…Vacation is the perfect time to make some art! Vacation provides a new perspective and a new set of surroundings. How better to capture the feeling of being on vacation and capture the memories than through art!?
The artist’s signature is such a small part of a painting, but it carries huge weight! Today we’re talking about why you should sign your art, how to sign your art, and why I think signing your art is an important part of the process of really owning the title of “artist.” You (yes, you!) are an artist!! So you should be signing your art. I had some hangups that led me on a journey from not signing my art, to signing it with an illegible scribble, to now proudly signing my artwork whether I sell it or not! On today’s episode, I talk about my journey as well as discuss some different ways to sign your art.
This week’s episode is a quick and easy hack to improve your color mixing. When I say it’s an easy artist hack, I mean it! It’s a shame that I didn’t do it for YEARS! I had no idea I was holding myself back and mixing muddy colors for this reason. Any painter needs to listen to this episode to make sure you’re not making the same mistake I was. I think this podcast applies to acrylic painters, watercolor painters, gouache painters, and oil painters alike. If you’re a painter, you should listen!
I saved the best tip for last. I think this method is a *game changer* for Self Taught Artists because it helps to train your eye with what is important! If you want to loosen up your painting, or just become better at painting from a reference photo, this episode is for you. I’ll walk you through my favorite method for loosening up my painting step by step.
Today, I’m sharing 11 tips for loosening up as an artist and how to paint loose and expressive brushstrokes. I’ve heard from many of you artists that you would love to learn to paint in a looser style but you don’t know how! It’s a very common artistic goal to loosen up your painting. Loose paintings are expressive, masterful, and confident – and who doesn’t want to be all three of those things!?!
The hard thing is that while loose painting looks effortless, I’m sure you all know by now that it’s actually really hard. The tendency to overwork your art is strong! It’s easy to do too much, add more details, and keep going – and it’s hard to know when to stop.
Today’s episode has some “tough love” for people who want to sell their artwork. Selling artwork is hard and it takes a lot of time to build up an audience and collector base. In the early stages of selling your art, or if you aspire to sell your artwork I have a big tip for you: conduct market research. What do I mean by this? Listen to the podcast to find out! Today’s episode is for people who are new to selling their artwork, people who want to sell more artwork, and people who are frustrated they’re not selling more artwork. In short, it’s all about art business sales!
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