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If I Could Turn Back Time…Five Mistakes to Learn From

Heather Martin

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If I Could Turn Back Time…Five Mistakes to Learn From

While my jump from a steady full time job into the fine arts world wasn’t completely unplanned and impulsive, I must admit that I’ve mostly been flying by the seat of my pants. If you’re toeing the edge and about to take the leap, here are five things that I would change if I could turn back time. Do your future self a favor and take note! Organize your Inventory Early - The Key to Your Future Self's Sanity If you're painting on a regular basis, stop right now and start organizing! The game, "Find the Painting" gets real old after...


My Relationship with Social Media: It’s Complicated

Heather Martin

Tags art marketing, blog, engagement, instagram, social media

My Relationship with Social Media: It’s Complicated

My Relationship with Social Media: It’s Complicated As the title implies, Social Media (particularly Instagram) and I have had a rocky friendship recently. We need some serious group therapy.  Before we get into it, everyone is going to have their own opinions and individual experiences regarding social media. This is my own personal experience, and while mine is probably not the average person’s, I wanted to share my thoughts openly. It's not easy to talk about, and feelings of shame surfaced when writing, but maybe it will help others out there to feel less alone. The Honeymoon Phase Six years...


Loosen Up! How to Let Go and Create Looser Paintings

Heather Martin

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Loosen Up! How to Let Go and Create Looser Paintings

Have you ever spent hours on a painting, hunched over with crazed eyes, face inches away from the canvas only to step back and realize that it’s over-rendered, stiff and lifeless? ME TOO. The good news is that there are ways to learn to let go and loosen up, no matter how rigid, cold, controlling or uptight you tend to be. (KIDDING of course...) Set A Time Limit One of the quickest ways to loosen up is to set a time limit. No, I’m not talking about trimming your 8 hour session down to 7.5 hours. This limit should have you sweating...


A Beginners’ Guide to Plein Air Painting

A Beginners’ Guide to Plein Air Painting

Have you always wanted to go plein-air painting, but are overwhelmed by all of the things you need or maybe are shy about painting in public? You’re not alone! Today I'll address some of the most common concerns and help make those initial paintings a little less scary and a little more enjoyable. What if I Don’t Finish in Time?  Start Small - Leave that giant canvas and ego at home. I suggest a postcard sized canvas or smaller. Working on these little pieces will allow you to finish more than one, and is also lighter to pack. Use Big...


Tough Love - 8 Hard Truths for Artists

Heather Martin

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Tough Love - 8 Hard Truths for Artists

Many of us have had those teachers. The ones with notorious reputations for being tough as nails, and making students drink their own tears for breakfast. Some people loathed their existence, yet others thrived on that brutal criticism.  Anyone that knows me, knows that I lean hard on the soft-hearted, positive, and sappy side. It’s crucial to keep people motivated and excited about creating. One needs a certain level of confidence to gain that brush mileage and work towards their 10,000 hours. However, when it comes to myself, I only have tough love, and think it’s what helps me grow...