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#ArtsyTuesday: 4 Secrets To Developing Your Own Style

art-styleBy Joanne Perkins

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:

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#ArtsyTuesday: 11 Fascinating Facts About Art

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By Joanne Perkins

1. Red Vineyard at Arles was the only painting that Vincent van Gogh sold during his lifetime. Though he didn’t enjoy much success throughout his life, after death he went on to become one of the world’s most popular and influential artists. While Vincent van Gogh was alive, he created over 900 paintings, as well as over 1,000 sketches and drawings. His wife dedicated herself to getting his work recognized. It’s safe to say she succeeded.

2. The word ‘art’ is very subjective; the Oxford Dictionary offers 12 definitions of what art actually is.

3. Paint tubes may not seem that important today, but without them, art as we know it would be a lot different. The invention of paint tubes allowed artists to venture outside with their painting supplies and capture the world around them more easily. This led to the Impressionist movement, which continues to influence and inspire many artists all over the world to this day.

4. Studies have found that children who study art are more likely to have higher grades than those who don’t study art.

5. If Monet’s father had his way, his son would have been a grocer, not a painter.

6. Pablo Picasso completed his first drawing when he was nine. It was of a man riding a horse during a bullfight. He completed his first serious painting, which depicted his father, mother and sister kneeling at an altar, when he was 15.

7. Michelangelo worked for a total of nine consecutive popes. His art career was extraordinary in itself: he worked for some 70 years and was widely regarded as one of the leading creatives and visionaries of the Renaissance. Pope Julius II was the first pope Michelangelo worked with and Pope Pius IV was the last.

8. Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night is a depiction of the view of Saint-Remy-de-Provence, a small town in the South of France. Vincent van Gogh created this painting while staying at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, a psychiatric hospital. The painting is actually the view from his window.

The_Scream9. The Scream by Edvard Munch is a very famous painting, but did you know the artist actually created five different versions of this painting? He created the first two in 1893 using crayon and tempura on cardboard and the third with pastels. The fourth version is a black and white lithograph. The fifth version was created owing to the popularity of the previous versions.

10. Before the 19th century, artists would have to mix their oil paints by hand whenever they wanted to paint.

11. The Olympic Games used to award medals for works of art inspired by sports. These medals were handed out in the games from 1912-48.

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:

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#ArtsyTuesday: 4 Easy Ways To Get Your Artwork Noticed

By Joanne Perkins

1. Get on social media

It goes without saying that social media is an incredibly useful marketing tool. The vast majority of marketing experts would strongly recommend all brands have some social media presence. Get yourself on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any others you want. There are some networks just for artists: DeviantArt, for example, is a very social and friendly online art community with 20 million members. Another good one is PaintingsIlove, a social network where you can get friendly feedback on your artwork.

2. Write a blog

Writing a blog gives you the chance to talk about whatever you want and share it with people. Of course, as an artist, you may well want to focus on your latest projects and how they’re coming along, but you also broaden your horizons and write about more general art topics. If you’ve managed to build up an audience for yourself, post content to your blog regularly and give your readers content they want to read. Find other bloggers who write a similar sort of content and offer to do a guest blog for them. They will then do a guest blog for you. The benefit you get from this is that you get to promote yourself to a different blogger’s audience.

guerrillagirls3. Get a website

Create a website for your artwork and your brand. Your website should be a welcoming place where potential customers can learn about you, your artwork and why you’ve chosen to go down this particular path. You should have lots of digital copies of your artwork on your website and people should easily be able to purchase any pieces they like the look of. Your website should also contain links to your social media accounts and your blog. Your blog and social media posts should hopefully bring people to your website, which is essentially your brand’s home, so to speak.

4. Make friends, build connections

Simply being online isn’t enough. You have to put yourself out there and establish connections. If you’re online and you don’t build up connections with others, you won’t get noticed, and neither will your artwork. Getting yourself online is the first step; the second is to interact with people. When doing this, you should be friendly, positive and genuine. Don’t bombard people with messages all about your artwork because they will be put off and won’t look at your work. Take a more subtle approach: engage in conversation, make positive comments on what others are doing and be more social. If you’re friendly and complimentary, people will be more likely to respond.

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:

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Acrylic, Latex & Ink on 34” x 22½” Pine Table Top (23 January 2013)

#ArtsyTuesday: Meet Brooklyn Born Artist – ZbOROVAN


Click to see the online gallery of ZbOROVAN.

I was born in Brooklyn, New York at 6:35 PM on the 10th of December in 1953. It was on an inordinately cold Thursday. The same day PLAYBOY made its debut at the newsstands in Manhattan. And I have no idea what that means, but it probably means something. Anyway, I was born Paul Buroran to a drunken, Czech father and narcissistic, sociopathic, Puerto Rican mother. Oh yeah. My childhood was loads of laughs.

The 12th of February in 1969 was a pivotal point in my life: I picked up my first drink, and climbed on a roller coaster for parts unknown.

I paint under the nom de la brosse of ZbOROVAN. My pre-Ellis Island family name in honor of my paternal grandfather, who was also a painter. I figured ZbOROVAN beat the hell out Buroran, since Buroran was a typo made by some over-worked clerk in 1923.

15 x 35 Particle Board (18 March 2014)

I sold my first painting for $200.00 at a Greenwich Village Street Exhibit on the Ides of March in 1973. As soon as I felt those crisp bills resting in my hand, a paraphrasing of Rene Descartes’ axiom popped into my head: “Ego Pingere, Ergo Sum.” Translation: I paint, therefore I am.

When I headed out on my adventure, I was shooting for the fame and fortune of Pablo, but more often than not, my life leaned in the direction of Vincent, but I didn’t have a Theo to take up the slack.

Acrylic, Latex, Particle Board, Wood, and 19-Gauge wire

Back in the early 80’s (which a great decade for me, by the way), I fell into a dark hole commonly known as a Painter’s Block. I had never experienced anything like it before, so quite naturally it freaked me out. But I figured if I got into something creative that didn’t involved painting, it would pull me out of that abyss. So I started to write. 26 short stories and 8 months later, I was free. I even converted a few of the stories into screenplays, but didn’t do anything with them.

I climbed off that roller coaster on the 1st of May in 2010.
It was a wild and fuzzy ride.

Well, 42 years after my first sale and 4 ex-wives later, I now reside in Holly Springs, NC with my 5th wife, Angela, and our son, Morgan.

And that’s the man behind the paintings.


#ArtsyTuesday: Ariana Richards – Jurassic Park Meets Botticelli

arianarichardsjurrasicparkTake a trip back in time to June of 1993 when Jurassic Park was released and the young girl eating green jello in the image above screams of terror were heard in movie theaters across the world.

She no longer caters to the big screen, she now creates beautiful landscape and figure paintings so realistic that you’d swear they were photographs.

Who knew?!

Ariana Richards is her name and she has a degree in Fine Arts and Drama and her genealogy can be traced back to the Italian Renaissance with Carlo Crivelli, a contemporary of Botticelli, so the gift is in her genes.

Ariana is an award-winning artist and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, and Good Morning America, just to name a few!

Her website doesn’t say just how much the investment will cost, but you can request an original oil painting to be created to your specifications. I’m sure you’ll be out of a few thousand dollars in the process but it’ll be worth it.


Looks like Kirsten Dunst, doesn’t it? Click to see more of Ariana Richard’s online gallery!

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#FridayReads: Hustle Guide – Lifestyles of the Authentic and Creative

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Over the last four years as a lifestyle blogger for my blog, “Lifestyles of the Authentic & Creative,” I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview all kinds of creative entrepreneurs such as film makers, musicians, interior designers, fashion designers, and many more. My questions to them all have been identical: “HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO ESCAPE THE 9-5 TO MAKE A LIVING DOING WHAT YOU LOVE?”

And they’ve all mapped it out for us. As a labor of love, I’ve compiled these inspirational posts into one grand eBook: “The Lifestyles of the Authentic & Creative: HUSTLE GUIDE” to provide you with the tools and motivation to give your dreams a major push. It’s jammed packed with inspiration, sage advice and resources to make your dreams of creative entrepreneurship a reality. Get your HUSTLE on.

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#WriterWednesday: 10 Famous Ghost-Writing Collaborations


We are all used to the headlines being filled with weekly scandals of the sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyles of our beloved celebrities, however there seems to be another scandal that has surfaced over the last few years, and that is the use of Ghost writing.  Last year, Gwyneth Paltrow was outed as having used a ghost writer for her cook book, and although this was strongly denied, which lead many to wonder what other ghost writing collaborations are out there that we may not have necessarily realized upon our first read.

What is a ghost writer?

A ghost-writer is an individual who writes articles, stories, reports, books or other texts that are officially credited to an entirely different individual.  Celebrities, politicians, executives and writers often use ghost-writers to assist in their work, however this is not commonly known in the public arena, particularly when it comes to writers.

Here we will outline 10 famous ghost writing collaborations that you may or may not have been aware of.

VC Andrews and Andrew Neiderman – Garden of Shadows

VC Andrews wrote a number of bestselling hits including Flowers in the attic and Petals in the wind, however after her death her estate hired Andrew Neiderman, a high school English teacher, to continue the saga that VC Andrews had so brilliantly thought up.

Carolyn Keene and Many

The name Carolyn Keene is a collective pseudonym for a number of different ghost writers who collaborated to create the Nancy Drew series.  It was Edward Stratemeyer who initially thought up the plot line for Nancy’s narrative, however he hired ghost writer Mildred Bensoin to help construct the early volumes of the series, a job which was then handed down to a number of different writers throughout the Nancy Drew history.

Ian Fleming and Kingsley Amis

Ian Fleming is well known in the literary world, being most famous for creating secret service agent James Bond, however when he passed away in 64, English novelist Kingsley Amis was called upon to help with the unfinished story of “The man with the golden gun”.  It is said that Amis’ suggestions were never used, but there are also rumours that a lot of his own ideas were put into the work.  Amis was then later commissioned to write Colonel Sun under the pseudonym of Robert Markham.


HP Lovecraft and Harry Houdini

HP Lovecraft spent much of his career working with ghost writers, however “under the pyramids” was one of his most famous collaborations, as it was with the world famous Houdini.  This was a fictionalized account of a real life Houdini experience.

Francine Pascal and Many

Many will remember the popular blonde twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield from Pascals Sweet Valley High series, however many are unaware that ghost-writers were used to author many of the books in the series.

RL Stine and Many

Goosebumps will feature as a huge part of most of our childhoods, with RL Stine being regarded as the Stephen King of children’s literature, however it was not RL Stine alone that created his spooky series, but was the collaboration of many that churned out the popular childhood chillers.

George Lucas and Alan Dean Foster

Star Wars Episode IV: A new hope, although credited to George Lucas, was in fact penned by its real author Alan Dean Foster who has contributed to many of the works within the Star Wars novel series.


Evangeline Adams and Aleister Crowley

Much of Evangeline Adams work was ghost-written by famed occultist Aleister Crowley, including the popular Astrology: Your place in the sun.

William Shatner and Ron Goulart

William Shatner began to develop a future based series with his rough concepts eventually turned into the sci fi book series TekWar, which was ghost written by Ron Goulart.  Both Shatner and Goulart ended up with their own concepts in the book, however it was Shatner that took the credit.

Harper Lee and Truman Capote

The notion that to “kill a mockingbird” was ghost-written is still in question to this day, but there was a rumor suggesting that Lee’s childhood friend Capote was the inspiration for the book, and Capote mentored Lee, and an old paper quoted the father of Capote stating that it was in fact his son that wrote the story.  To this day the truth is still unknown about a potential ghost writers influence.

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#ArtsyTuesday: Research Finds the Obvious – Most Artists Who Make A Living Are White

Duh! and No shit! were the first thoughts that came to mind when I saw this article heading. This really isn’t shocking or surprising. The research revealed interesting numbers, I suppose, but it really just makes me more depressed.


A study compiled by data gurus BFAMFAPhD reaffirms what many, many, many critics have postulated — American artists are facing a diversity problem. As The Washington Post reported, BFAMFAPhD’s research reveals that most artists making a living from their work are white. And by most, we mean 77.6%.

The Diversity Problem

The study, titled “Artists Report Back,” analyzed data for over 1.4 million working artists* (as well as a group of 2 million art school graduates) across the United States using the Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey (ACS). The results show that nearly four out of five working artists are white. That leaves 7.5% of working artists identifying as black, 3.9% as Asian and 8.3% Hispanic.

The statistics for art school graduates are a bit bleaker. A solid 80.8% of this population is white, while 4.4% is black, 7.0% is Asian and 5.7% is Hispanic. Of art school graduates who make a living from their work, 83% are white. BFAMFAPhD compares these findings to the U.S. population at large, which is 63.2% white, 12.3% black, 5% Asian and 16.6% Hispanic.

Read full story via Most Artists Who Make A Living From Their Work Are White, Research Says.


13 Questions with Dangerous Lee for


Hello there! What’s your name and where do you live?

Leigh “Dangerous Lee” Langston and I live in Burton, MI. It’s a small town outside of Flint.

What do you create? Are you currently selling (and if so, where can we find it)?

I am an author that has self published two books. One is available in paperback and eBook form, Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down, which is an erotica anthology with a focus on safe sex.

I recently published another eBook that started as a blog series called, The Half Series – When Black People Look White. It’s doing so so on the Amazon rankings.

I also paint from time to time and I like to be crafty as well. Lately, I’ve been creating infinity scarves and totes from old t-shirts. You can find most of my work in the store at my website.

How would you describe your work?

I’m not sure how I would describe my work. I leave that up to others.

Do you have a lot of competition in your field? What do you do to stand out from the crowd?

As an artist (of any kind) there is automatically tons of competition. Attempting to stand out is a job in itself. The name “Dangerous Lee” is a way that I try to stand out.


What is the best compliment you’ve ever gotten about your work?

An actual testimony for my book, Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down:

The book was the sh*$! The stories were awesome and the real deal. Your book is definitely an eye opener and should serve as a reminder that the last thing a person has to worry about is pregnancy! This book should serve as a reminder to simply cap it before you tap it! I loved how each story unraveled and how each was completely different and will make you sit back and question the person that is laying next to you! This is a must read! Thank you for being you! I’ll see you at the top!

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What usually inspires you to start creating something new?

Inspiration does not strike me often, unfortunately. However, when I am in stoner mode I tend to get lots of creative ideas.

Read the full interview via – A conversation with Leigh “Dangerous Lee” Langston from Michigan, USA. | Work Your Art.

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