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The final installment of my four-part series of articles discussing the different components I use to create my artwork will focus specifically upon the brushes that I have come to rely upon. My brush selection has developed over time and is the resu... 

My Painting Equipment - Part IIIb

December 21st, 2013

Written to parallel and supplement Part IIIa of this four part series of watercolor painting equipment articles, this text will illustrate the palette selections I have made utilizing the paint brands discussed in my previous post. It is often just a... 

My Painting Equipment - Part IIIa

December 14th, 2013

As Part II of this series of painting equipment articles indicated, a tightly stretched substrate is my preference for watercolor work in order to minimize buckling of the paper during wet wash applications. Even more important to my painting techniq... 

My Favorite WordPress Plugins

December 10th, 2013

I receive a lot of inquiries from fellow artists regarding how my Powers Fine Art Studio website operates. While there is a lot of custom coding in place, there are also some really nice WordPress plugins implemented to help accomplish many of the si... 

My Painting Equipment - Part II

December 7th, 2013

As I mentioned in the first part of this series of painting equipment articles, artists make unique decisions regarding the equipment they select to create their artwork. Part I focused specifically upon the creation of an adjustable easel system des... 

Cyber Monday 2013

December 1st, 2013

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have all become established phenomena in our modern retail world. While all of these are designed to increase a business’ revenue by slashing prices, some establishments take the concept to an e... 

Fine Art America

November 24th, 2013

Readers who have been following my artistic career for the last few years know that I prefer to use Fine Art America as my main print fulfillment partner. In the time I have been utilizing their services, however, I have never purchased one of my own... 

My Painting Equipment - Part I

November 21st, 2013

I promised in an earlier post that my articles would not be exclusively based around technical information or website development and this post is going to be the first to deliver upon that promise. In this first installment of a four-part series I p... 

Offset Watercolor Easel

November 18th, 2013

I am fully aware that it has been a couple of months since my last blog post but I am intent upon striving for quality content instead of quantity. It is important that this web blog reflects my journey as an artist, the trials and tribulations of cr... 

Twitter Art Exhibit - Orlando, FL

November 12th, 2013

It is once again the time of year when the official “Call For Artists” for the next Twitter Art Exhibit is released. If you haven’t read the interesting history of this amazing yearly charitable event, make sure to read my previous Twitter Art Exhibi... 

WordPress Optimization

November 11th, 2013

If you read my earlier article describing modifications to a WordPress installation’s .htaccess file in order to enhance a website’s rendering speed, you know that many search engines use page loading speeds as one of the factors for result ranking. ... 

WordPress Newsletter Options

November 3rd, 2013

Nearly everyone who writes articles for a weblog has read about the importance of establishing an email subscription list. Readers who stumble upon articles through search services might find a ‘blog or specific article interesting but may lose a sit... 

Pricing Artwork

October 26th, 2013

Establishing the retail value of artwork is one of the most confusing tasks a beginning artist can undertake. There are many possible approaches to this problem and I plan to discuss a couple of the most basic within the text of this article. The met... 

My New Wordpress-Based Website

August 30th, 2012

I haven't been around Fine Art America or painting much lately because I have been completing a major website overhaul. I started completely from scratch and went with a Wordpress based site to simplify my life and make adding new paintings, etc... e... 

This is a time-lapse video I created which shows the progression from drawing to finished piece for my watercolor painting of Foxglove/Digitalis entitled, "Snoqualmie Dew." This painting is the second one I have done which utilizes the newly reformu... 

This is a time-lapse video depicting the creation of my latest watercolor painting, “Sennelier Tulips.” When I can remember to take photos of a painting during the creative process, I try to produce a video to help others see how the painting is bui... 

I have been having great success with the sales of my book, "The Art of Social-Network Marketing." However, I owe its success to the amazingly supportive online community to which I belong. Therefore, in order to say "Thank you for your support," I... 

Sunday, May 13th 2012 marks the end of the 8th season of ABC Studio's hit television series "Desperate Housewives." It also brings an end to the series itself. To commemorate the event and what could very well be your last chance to see my painting... 

For those who are unaware, ABC studios purchased a print of my painting Feathery Flower along with a license to allow its use on the set of their hit series Desperate Housewives. The purchase occurred during the summer of 2010 before the shooting be... 

The Art of Social-Network Marketing Website Over the last few years, I have been receiving virtually daily e-mails from fellow artists who are having difficulties selling their work online. The subjects of these letters range from simple requests... 

St. Patricks Day Music

March 15th, 2012

Have you been looking for some great traditional Irish music for your St. Patrick's Day celebration? If so, look no further than the fantastic button accordion work from Dan Possumato. His latest album "Pulling Out the Stops" will have you dancing ... 

The auction held at my son's school was a huge success! It is a yearly event designed to raise money to support many school programs and student activities. This year's goal was to raise approximately $350,000. Items and services are donated and s... 

If you aren't familiar with the #TwitterArtExhibit, you owe it to yourself to investigate. For the second year in a row, artists from around the world have donated postcard-sized pieces of art to benefit great causes in Moss, Norway. The exhibition... 

I awoke to discover a pleasant surprise yesterday. I had been selected as one of 21 Artists to Watch for 2012 by SkinnyArtist.com. For those who are unaware, SkinnyArtist.com has published a list every year for the last several years highlighting u... 

Creating A New Business Card

March 16th, 2011

I have a very simplistic business card that I normally hand out to clients, include in mailings, and haphazardly leave in random places. Today, however, I decided I would design something a little edgier based around one of my original watercolor pa... 

I have finally finished another in my series of floral paintings. This one is of some tulips and once again I find myself amazed at how difficult floral pieces really are. This series is not only giving me a new insight into and an appreciation for... 

My "Tubes" painting is hanging in the "The Vinyl Grove" in Den Haag, The Netherlands. If you check out their website, it can be seen in one of their wall images. The vinyl record store just opened a short time ago and is bound to be your primary de... 

Due to the recent Adobe vs. Apple 'Grudge Match' regarding Flash and its future usefulness coupled with the recent statements from the Opera web browser representatives, I have decided to migrate my main website's Flash content to entirely JavaScript... 

A Mothers Day Experiment

May 4th, 2010

I decided I would brave creating a floral piece in celebration of Mother's Day. However, I completely forgot how difficult it is to create the subtle textures and shading in the petals of flowers. This piece has definitely given me a new appreciati... 

Dan Possumato's album "Pulling Out The Stops" is now available from CDBaby and features my artwork on the cover. The album is currently in the hands of reviewers, record stations, and magazines in Ireland and will be in stores soon! Dan's music i... 

I am slated for the month of July to display my artwork at "The Madison Park Cafe" in Seattle, Washington. The cafe is known for its spectacularly reviewed cuisine, appreciation/support for local artists, and its famous clientelle. Come make a reserv... 

I recently lowered the price on my artist's portfolio book, "The Mundane", to celebrate Mother's Day. I have lowered the price by $5.00 USD and plan to keep it that way for a while. Sales of it have been fantastic and I am going to pass my enthusia... 

Assorted Tools Painting

April 24th, 2010

It is amazing what one can find around their workplace to paint. While these tools tend to stare me in the face on a daily basis, I repeatedly take them for granted in terms of not only their usefulness, but also their beauty. Occasionally I find t...