Blog

Announcing the brand new Art Life Conversations Podcast!

Announcing the brand new Art Life Conversations Podcast!

Check it out now for instant inspiration. Hello, my art friends, I have something BRAND NEW for you! I am proud to announce my new Art Life Conversations Podcast! First off, I totally missed writing my blog post last week. It was pretty bizarre. I woke up Thursday morning and realized my blog post hadn’t been written. It was like I got sucked into a time warp. It’s July. It’s hot! Everyone’s traveling. Seems like everything and everyone is a bit wonky this month. I had family in town for a visit and it threw me so far off my...Read More
Top 10 Reasons Why Studying Art Online is the Best Way to Develop the Exact Customized Painting Skills you Want!

Top 10 Reasons Why Studying Art Online is the Best Way to Develop the Exact Customized Painting Skills you Want!

I've discovered that studying art online is the BEST way to develop the exact customized painting skills you want, and you can do just that starting TODAY!The pandemic in 2020 was awful and horrendous to say the least. One very small upside to it was seeing how artists and students pivoted to keep their art education going.When I started teaching online in 2018, I wondered if online teaching could be as good as in-person teaching for the student. After three years of teaching online, I found that it could actually be better for the student!Here’s my top 10 reasons why studying online is better...Read More
The number one easy way to increase your capacity to have more of anything you want!

The number one easy way to increase your capacity to have more of anything you want!

How much do you allow yourself to have? I’m not just asking about money or things. Though that’s part of it too. I’m also asking: What’s your capacity to have joy, peace of mind, creativity, recognition, support, beauty, love, intimacy, fun, or admiration? It’s amazing how much we can cut ourselves off from having the good things in life! Most of us have thoughts, habits, and beliefs that limit our quality of life. We’re not even aware of them. This has been a huge learning curve for me too and I’m still learning. Listen to me, this is HUGE. Ask...Read More
Are you ready to take courageous baby steps towards doubling your art sales online using Instagram or Facebook? (Organically, without paid advertising).

Are you ready to take courageous baby steps towards doubling your art sales online using Instagram or Facebook? (Organically, without paid advertising).

Let’s talk courage. Do you have it? One thing I’ve learned for sure over the last 10 years of trying to make a living as an artist is that it takes courage. Every day. Courage to bet on yourself every day. And every time you do that it’s like depositing money in the bank of your future self. When you show up courageously, when you stop hiding, you begin to see your art dreams become a reality. Yes, that’s right, your art dreams become reality. We start with baby steps of courage. By the way, can we talk about baby...Read More
Selling your art online doesn’t have to be so hard.

Selling your art online doesn’t have to be so hard.

Are you ready for a challenge to double your painting sales online in 31 days? Are you tired of not selling paintings? Well, three years ago I was in your shoes too. It’s incredibly discouraging to have no one want your beautiful work. Picture it: September 2017. I’m sitting at my computer in my studio wondering what I could do to bring in some income. The six galleries I was in weren’t selling anything and had sold very little of my work the prior year. Two of them, including the Colorado gallery my work was in, had told me they...Read More
“30 Ways to Master Still Life Painting”

“30 Ways to Master Still Life Painting”

A few months ago, I celebrated a HUGE accomplishment. Something my younger self would have never imagined I'd do. I released my first book, "30 Ways to Master Still Life Painting". I want to thank each and every one of you who celebrated this monumental moment with me. The book became an Amazon Best Seller shortly after its release, and I am forever grateful for everyone who helped make my first book become such a success! I decided to write this book because of the many requests I have received from my students over the years. I’ve hesitated to write...Read More
Here’s why I love painting peonies. New peony art fresh off the easel!

Here’s why I love painting peonies. New peony art fresh off the easel!

Last week I was in peony heaven! I have to say there’s nothing quite like being immersed in beautiful peonies for an entire week. To me it’s always proof of how healing beauty can be. Add on top of that the added healing benefit of creativity as an artist and it really is like you’re living in heaven on earth.  I created three peony paintings last week. Each one individual and special in its own way. I hate to repeat myself in my art and I’m always seeking new ways of looking at the same subject. That’s why each of...Read More
The equation for success with your art is: Courage + Celebration = Confidence

The equation for success with your art is: Courage + Celebration = Confidence

Start today with these two tools you need to work through resistance! Here I am at my 10 year anniversary as a full time artist - yay me - I freaking rock! I often get asked how I have so much confidence.  Looking back over the last ten years, at the struggles, the victories, and progress, it's become clear to me what creates confidence and success.  I’m so excited to share it with you because I believe it’s 100% possible for you too! Nothing makes me happier than seeing you reach your goals and full potential too! Why?  Because that’s...Read More
Here’s My Top 3 most memorable experiences so far as an artist. What’s yours?

Here’s My Top 3 most memorable experiences so far as an artist. What’s yours?

Kelli with diploma 2011 As I mentioned in the last blog, this month marks my 10 year anniversary as a full-time artist! I graduated from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts with a B.F.A. in May 2011! Woohoo! So this month I’m celebrating that. I’m still going strong and loving every minute of being an artist, teacher, and entrepreneur after ten years.  So thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and my work all these years! You’ve made it possible for me to thrive as an artist. You’re so awesome!  Being a self employed artist can come...Read More
I don’t know what I’m doing! Moving forward in the face of uncertainty.

I don’t know what I’m doing! Moving forward in the face of uncertainty.

I don’t know what I’m doing! Have you ever said that?  Me too. Lots.  It’s okay to feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. (even though it feels awful) Okay don’t freak out on me here, but seriously I really don't know what I’m doing and I never have. There’s always some amount of self doubt or confusion. I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately surrounding our journey as artists, our definition of success, the ups and downs of being an artist, the lows and highs, the growth and the struggles. Why all this contemplation you ask?...Read More