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What Artists REALLY Want
What Artists REALLY Want

I spent a week at one of my favorite conferences at the beginning of the month - a marketing conference but so much more.One of the things that we were challenged to think about was how we define success...And that got me thinking about how we as artists...

How to Decide What to Paint
How to Decide What to Paint

Hey there. I had a conversation with one of my students this week that I just had to share because it's one I've had with so many students, so I think maybe you'll be able to relate. What she asked me about was finding something to paint that inspired her....

What’s the Secret to Becoming a Successful Artist?
What’s the Secret to Becoming a Successful Artist?

What do we mean by being a success in art?The key to that question is knowing what success means to you. You can’t create a success path unless you know what success means for you. Otherwise you won’t have any idea of where you’re going or how to get there.So let’s...

Three Myths About Being Successful As An Artist
Three Myths About Being Successful As An Artist
There are three keys to consistently making art that you love, that feeds your soul, as well as having an impact on the world. So in order to have that sustained, sustainable, creative practice, you need to build a solid painting practice. You need to develop an engaged audience and you need to nurture a sustainable creative mindset. I talked about the first a good bit last week. The second is what I'm going to talk about today, and that is to build an engaged audience. I'm going to be focusing entirely on that engaged audience component. There are three myths about being successful as an artist that I want to debunk because they lead directly to a lot of people not being able to do that.
A Painter’s Life
A Painter’s Life

When you’re an ART+WORK+LIVING Community member, community, support, training, and resources is exactly what you get.  Becoming an ART+WORK+LIVING Community member is your access to me, Mary Gilkerson. You'll also gain access to an amazing community of...

Making Art You Love
Making Art You Love
There are three keys to consistently making art that you love, that feeds your soul as well as having an impact in the world. And the impact of your art is directly related to the strength, passion, and originality of your painting.
Avoid the Myth of Perfection
Avoid the Myth of Perfection

Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Find beauty where you are. Have you ever had an idea, and things just didn’t work out the way you planned? Well, that happened to me this past Friday when I drove out to the Savannah Wildlife Refuge right outside of...

How to Get a Painting Style: Your Style Is Your Story
How to Get a Painting Style: Your Style Is Your Story
We've been talking about STYLE over in my Facebook group, ART+WORK+LIVING, for the last few days. Two of the questions I get asked at every single workshop or course I teach are "How do I get a style", and "Do I have to have a style?"
How to Catch the Light vs Chasing It
How to Catch the Light vs Chasing It
Are you a painter who finds yourself chasing after the fleeting light in the landscape? In this episode, I'm going to explain the difference between chasing the light when you're painting from life, and catching the light.