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The Commoditization of the Creative Act

By Michael Divine on July 3rd, 2016

Businesses run on products: product conception, product development, product sales, product redevelopment, and so on. Information products. Plastic tchotchke products. Useless and useful products. Products products products. If we aren’t buying a product then we’re producing a product or selling a product or discarding a product in order to replace it eventually with another (theoretically) superior product. But what about art?

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The Work Triad for Artists

By Michael Divine on May 26th, 2016

In my “career” as an artist (in quotes because when I was 20 it didn’t seem so much a “career” as simply a need – a drive – a thing I was compelled to do) I’ve found that there’s three main components of my work life…

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Download This Design Contract Packet

By Michael Divine on May 2nd, 2016

If you are self-employed then you understand that it’s up to you to secure your own proverbial ship. What do I mean by this? It’s up to you to take care of your financials, work with clients, keep track of your stock (if you have any), know your tools, and maintain your contracts. Download these templates.

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This Tool is Essential to Your Art Business

By Michael Divine on July 10th, 2015

I want to give you a tool that will help you stay more organized and have a cleaner backbone for the business side of your art career. At the end of this post is an Excel sheet with a set of formulas designed to provide you with a pricing format for your prints.

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Artist Mentorship Program – Round 1!

By Michael Divine on December 11th, 2013

For the past two months, I’ve been working with a small group of artists in my Artist Mentorship Program. It’s been a really great experience on both sides and I’ve gotten lots of great positive feedback from those involved. I’d never done this before: teach more as a mentor than an instructor via a long-term skype-meeting-centric relationship. I was a bit nervous at first as to how it would go. Would people be open to critique? Will they keep up with the pace? Will I, a person who eschews too much in the way of schedules, be able to keep…  READ MORE

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Find What You Love To Paint and Paint That

By Michael Divine on November 1st, 2013

A number of years ago I was in a bookstore browsing art books as usual and I was skimming a book talking about the ‘business of art’. In the book, the author said that if you find something you like to paint and you also find it sells, then you ought to paint more of that thing. For instance, the author said, if you paint cats and people like those cats you paint and buy those cat paintings, then paint more cats! (This was the late-90s, by the way, and the internet had yet to be taken over by felines.) At the time, I thought that sounded a whole lot like selling out. Why would I want to paint the same thing over and over and over again? BOOOOORING.

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Offering Private Classes for Committed Artists

By Michael Divine on September 26th, 2013

Would you like to work towards a clearer vision and a deeper mode of expression in your artwork?

This fall/winter I am offering long-term private instruction to committed artists. Please check out the blog post for some thoughts and ideas regarding the process and the type of class/student/teacher relationship that I am working on fostering. If you are interested and ready to take that step, please read on…

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The Rule of Thirds and Composition

By Michael Divine on March 11th, 2013

One of the things we’ll be looking at and working with in the drawing workshop I’m teaching is composition. The Rule of Thirds is, I think, the best way to consider a composition. Using this little painting for an example – take a look at where the lines intersect the painting. It almost falls perfectly into it’s respective sections. I didn’t measure any of this out when I painted it. I just sort of place things where they feel comfortable and natural. I think the more one practices this kind of thing the more it is a naturally occurring phenomenon on our work.

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On Making Art from Alan Aldridge

By Michael Divine on February 10th, 2013

I found this in a book of the artwork Alan Aldridge, a wildly psychedelic artist from the 60s and 70s. Sadly, I can’t seem to find any more note of this little comic, a delightful little thing about creation, demons, and getting started.

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