Blog Posts Painting by Robyn Gardner How to paint when it's the last thing in the world you feel like doing 06/18/2018 Your goal isn't to create a masterpiece. Your goal is to create the state of mind that will allow you to create a masterpiece. more...
Six rules every artist should consider dumping 04/20/2018
Rules aren't meant to be broken. They're meant to be challenged whenever a better solution arises.
more... 5 unusual habits to keep you growing artistically 11/25/2017
Working hard at your craft is not the same as working toward growth. Working toward growth means taking big scary chances with your art and risking failure.
more... Why don't we fit in? 12/18/2017
Art that tries to offend no one is the visual equivalent of elevator music. Art that emanates from your soul will be loved, and hated.
more... Selling your art? Stay out of the way. 09/26/2017
From the moment it’s available, ideally, from the moment you begin, don’t think of your art as your creation. Think of yourself as the caretaker. You simply helped the work along.
more... Artists: don’t ever do another painting. 05/26/2017
The best painters connect passionately with whatever is in front of them (or inside) and their art flows from that passion.
more... Why My Art Students Hate Me
Your art is the biggest impediment to creating your art.
more... Mid-Career & Middle-Age
There’s always that visual bias living inside you and making mischief, usually at the most inconvenient time. It’s important to know it’s there, embrace it, and then learn the tricks to override it.
more... "How dare you not love my art."
The less time spent dwelling on a work in progress the more emotionally detached you become and the internal and external critics lose their power.
more... Copernicus called, and you are not the center of the universe.
The ego is a semi-opaque screen that interferes with a painter’s vision. Take the attention off yourself and the outcome.
more... The Perfect Response to Your Art. And the Worst.
Dear fellow painters…”It looks like a photo”, are not my favorite words either.
more... Stop Worrying
Artists are a particularly worrisome bunch. We worry about everything,”Is my work good enough, will it be seen and appreciated, am I making any progress, will lesser talents get more recognition, can I ever measure up to the great masters?”
more... 11 Exhibition Tips for the Newbies
If you’re serious about showing your art then don’t wait until your training is over. Get into the game as soon as you can.
more... Get out of the art bubble more... What Kind of Art Sells?
Answer: “Great Art Sells” While it’s impossible to define great art, artists typically sell their strongest work; subject matter is secondary. Know it or not, art collectors respond to the intangibles.
more... Painting Perceptions Interview
Forget about creating a work of art. Don’t get too attached to the outcome; get attached to the process. Turn this into a challenging game that will make you better in the end.