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#ArtsyTuesday: 4 Useful Tips For Artists Starting Out

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By Joanne Perkins

1. Be persistent

Building up a successful career takes a lot of time. You’re not going to become a successful artist overnight. Persistence is key. If you aren’t prepared to invest a lot of time into becoming a successful artist, it isn’t going to happen for you. It will more than likely take you a long time to get where you want to be and you will encounter bumps in the road along the way. It’s important to remain persistent even when something doesn’t happen or something turns out different to what you thought it would be. You have to be prepared for every eventuality and you have to let yourself get past any stumbling blocks.

2. Build up connections

It’s essential that you build up a network of connections if you want to become a successful artist. Build up an email list and notify your contacts whenever you have something to advertise, such as an exhibition or the fact that your work’s being featured in a magazine. Get your friends and family involved as well. Whenever someone supports you in any way by attending an exhibition or by buying one of your pieces, for example, maintain your connection with them by thanking them for supporting you. An excellent way of building up connections is to get yourself on as many social media sites as you can.

3. Put yourself out there

There’s a lot that can be gained from putting yourself out there. Do everything you can to learn about art and what it takes to become a professional artist. Take advantage of any opportunities that you think will be of help to you and your career, even if they don’t seem like much at the time. It’s going to take a while for you to get a sell-out exhibition at a top gallery. Until you can do that, make do with simply getting your work shown at smaller exhibitions. Start small and work your way up. Another good idea is to become involved with your local art scene. Attend events and get to know other artists in your area. Doing this is a really useful way of finding and establishing important connections.

4. Have a clear vision and realistic goals

It’s important to have an idea about what you want to do in your art career. Of course, this may well change over time, but as long as your vision’s clear, you can go about achieving your career goals more effectively. You stand a better chance of being successful if you offer something different from others, so have a think about what your unique selling point is. Once you’ve got a clear idea of what sets you apart from others, always bear this in mind. Be true to yourself and your unique vision. When it comes to goal setting, it’s important that you set goals you can realistically achieve. By all means, be ambitious, but don’t set your goals too high, otherwise you’ll just end up feeling frustrated and disappointed when you don’t achieve them. It’s better to achieve lots of smaller goals than not to have achieved any bigger goals.


Joanne Perkins is a Berkshire-based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She specializes in painting Berkshire landscapes and loves capturing the natural beauty of her local countryside. She is happy to accept all queries and questions. For more information about Joanne, her work and her current projects visit: http://joannesberkshirescenes.com/default.aspx

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#ArtsyTuesday: 4 Secrets To Developing Your Own Style

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1. Start with what you love

You don’t just choose your style; your style is something that comes to you as you create art. The best way to go about developing your style is to start with what you love and go from there. If you’ve been creating art and you know what you love, simply go for that. If you’re not too sure, simply create lots of art and experiment in lots of different ways. Being versatile in your art is a good way of helping you realize what particular type of art you love above all others. If you create lots of different types of art, you should sooner or later come across something that you find really appealing.

2. Create lots of art

What your love is the basis for developing your style. Once you’ve got this, you can go about exploring and developing your style. Work as much as you can and create as many pieces as you can. The more you create, the more your style will develop, evolve and grow. It’s worth bearing in mind that it can take a long time for you to develop a unique style. Many artists spend years creating art in order to find their unique style – finding your style can be a long process and can therefore require a lot of your time and patience.

self_portrait_in_different_styles3. Think about what sets you apart from others

Pick an artist and look at their works to gain an idea of what their style is. What sets this artist apart from others? What’s unique about this artist’s style? Is there something common to all this artist’s pieces? Ask yourself these questions to give yourself an idea of how artists make themselves stand out. Then ask yourself these questions about your own works: what sets you apart from others? What’s unique about your style? Is there something common to your pieces?

4. Be prepared for your style to change

If you know what your style is and you’re confident it makes you stand out from the crowd, great. What you have to be prepared for is for your style to change and evolve over time. Some artists are happy to find their style and work with it for the rest of their careers. For others, sticking to one way of creating isn’t enough to satisfy their creative needs; they feel the need to always push their creativity and experiment with new styles. Even if you’re happy to stick with one style, you should be prepared for change, as changes may eventually show themselves in your works.


Joanne Perkins is a Berkshire-based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She specializes in painting Berkshire landscapes and loves capturing the natural beauty of her local countryside. She is happy to accept all queries and questions. For more information about Joanne, her work and her current projects visit: http://joannesberkshirescenes.com/default.aspx.

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#MusicMonday: Meet Kent Osbourne: Songwriter & Gospel Hip Hop Artist

KOGTDWhile orphaned at a young age, the streets proved to be a great challenge for Kent who spent the rest of his childhood and young adult life in and out of county lockup until he finally landed a 2 year prison sentence. While in prison, he discovered a gift for writing rap music and performing for himself and other inmates.

Kent was released in 2000 and found a new focus in transforming his writings into recorded Hip Hop for his first album. By now he’d taken on the stage name“Jamerican Prince.”

During the same period, he lived the life of a bona fide street hustler, hustling drugs and recording rap CDs. Kent’s first single, “Ball Till They Pour Da Dirt” blew-up in 2001 along with it’s widely viewed video causing a buzz. He dropped the album shortly after. Kent teamed up with Grammy nominated super group “Field Mob” to record his second single “Thangs In Da Club” which impacted the music scene far beyond the city limits and with solid airplay he woke up the state of FL. Riding the crest of his new-found popularity he dropped his second album.

Kent has opened for several artists on tour: Lil Wayne, Juvenile, Mystical and many others. Not letting the buzz grow cold he recorded his next single featuring Pastor Troy for his third CD. Kent signed a distribution deal with Matordor/IMG/Universal. Kent’s world once again hit a roadblock. While working on his debut album, he was sent to prison for the second time on violation of probation.

While incarcerated this time he found a higher calling, turning his life over to God. Tired of the lifestyle he was living Kent found peace in writing gospel rap music and performing in the prison church.

In Pastor Mclure and Promised Land Church, Kent found a new community to call home where he’s developed his own ministry. He is now working on his first gospel album.

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#FridayReads: Black Is Beautiful (Or, Painting Chocolate Skin Without Adding Milk)

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My father always taught me to celebrate my African roots (and all the other ones too.) My great grandfather, Encarnación was a fisherman with very dark skin and the husband of my blue-eyed great grandmother. I never had the opportunity to meet him and great grandma didn’t talk much about him aside from telling me that she was his widow. I never even saw a picture of what this man looked like. From the stories my light-skinned and raven haired father told, I imagined the old man as being dark like coffee beans. The childish imagination opened my eyes to the beautiful rainbow of what people often call “black” skin.

Few things in comic art are as tough as painting the subtleties in the darkest skin without lightening it. Shades of black skin are so various and exquisite. To simply dismiss them as just being “brown” is an injustice and a gross lack of observation. Blue black, umber, sable, sienna, sepia, bronze, tan, chocolate, russet, dark chestnut, and more form a veritable rainbow of skin tones. Lighter skin tones as just as beautiful, but the sheer amount of layering necessary to create this dark rainbow makes it an especially exciting element to tackle.

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#ArtsyTuesday: Myra Hissami – Creating Original Art With Swarovski Crystals & Gore

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How do you create your art?

I actually invented my own mixed media art form where I combine digital art, physical mediums for embellishing and jewels all on giclée canvas to create something innovative, fun, and eye-grabbing. Most of my creations are initially drawn digitally with my Wacom Intuos4 tablet. The digital works are then printed on giclée canvas and wrapped over a wood frame. Then the fun part begins: I hand-embellish each piece with clear gesso, string gel, heavy gel, acrylic paints, colored inks, and other mediums with various brushes and tools. I essentially paint my artworks twice by first digitally painting them from scratch on Photoshop and again with physical mediums. Lastly, I encrust my artworks with a variety of jewels including Swarovski crystals, diamonds, rubies, etc. to give them that final sparkle and magic touch. This is the part of the creation that usually makes people smile when they view the final piece.

What was the first piece of artwork you sold?

I sold my first piece to a good friend and it was then that I realized what I created had value.

Which of your paintings is your favorite?

“Zombie Chaplin” is my favorite for many reasons. For one, Chaplin has been someone I’ve looked up to as an artist and creator since I was a child. He was a perfectionist and he took his craft seriously. I decided to take a bit of a morbid approach with this piece, considering that I’m drawn to zombies, monsters, and horror in general. I also love the “Diamond Series” version of “Zombie Chaplin” since the piece is beautifully decorated with Swarovski crystals despite its horrific nature..

In your opinion, how should art be priced?

That is a relative question. Sometimes the simplest art pieces are highly priced for a variety of reasons. I personally think art should be priced based on how it makes an individual feel. If an art piece evokes a certain feeling in a person, it becomes that much more valuable.

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Do you make a living as an artist? How?

Yes, I make a living with this new art form I’ve created. It has sparked interest in people since it is different and people generally are drawn to new and creative things.

You’re a huge Michael Jackson fan, like me! How has he influenced you?

Michael Jackson is my biggest source of inspiration to this day. I grew up dissecting him as an artist. He was an innovator as an artist and perfected every aspect of his art – from every dance step, lyrics, vocal arrangements, video creations and even his use of wardrobe and props. His imagination was out of this world. To see him so enthusiastic, passionate, focused, and so attentive to detail in every aspect of his work was always very inspirational to me.

Where can we see and buy your work?

My artwork can be seen at my website at www.myrahissami.com. I’m releasing a limited series of all my paintings – an “Embellished Series” & “Diamond Series” where each art piece is signed and numbered with a certificate of authenticity. They can be purchased directly through me via my email at mhissami@gmail.com.

Friday, November 7th on “Ask Dangerous Lee Live”

Dangerous and HP talk to Blog Talk Radio host Michael B. Jackson, Shay Williams author of the Single Mom Dating Guide, playa Pretty Tony, and artist Brian Fort. The Dangerous Item of the Week is book Mortal Danger.

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