Photo of ice-covered grass

February was busy. In addition to the usual activities, four of my articles were published on EmptyEasel.

Topics included a tutorial on drawing dirt with colored pencil, but most of the articles focused on the artist’s life and business. With a cold and stormy winter giving way to Spring, this is an ideal time to get caught up on any you may have missed or want to read again.

3 Questions Every Artist Should Ask before Launching their Art Business
So you’re thinking about striking out on your own as an artist? Congratulations! Small business ownership can be the single best opportunity for success as an artist. Go into the process with your eyes wide open, though. . . Read more.

The 4 Tools Every Artist Needs in Order to be Successful
I’ve been a artist for a long time—I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to hold a crayon, so we can safely say it’s been over fifty years. I remember well what it was like to be young and enthusiastic. The world lay at my feet as an artist! The sky was the limit. Read more.

How to Draw Realistic Dirt, Ground, & Soil with Colored Pencil
If you enjoy making landscapes or other outdoor scenes, it’s important to know how to draw dirt in a manner that fits your subject and style. But for many artists, dirt is. . . well, just dirt, and not nearly as interesting as water or as monumental as mountains. Read more.

The Artist and the Business Plan
Most of us reading EmptyEasel would probably identify ourselves as either hobby artists or professional artists. Hobby artists create art for the sheer joy of creation. Sales are great, if they happen, but they’re really not THAT important. Professional artists enjoy creating art just as much, but they also have the added goal of making money from their art. Read more.