Artist Success: Making a Soul Connection

Kristen Jongen's studio

by Carolyn Edlund Kristen Jongen, founder of Soul Soup, built a successful creative business by sharing authentic and heartfelt messages in her work.     Writer, poet and visual artist Kristen Jongen developed a bestselling line … [Read more]

Featured Artist Kate Henderson

“Fluid Motion” Pastel, 32” x 38” by artist Kate Henderson. See her portfolio by visiting

Artist Kate Henderson’s expressive pastels and collages speak of the natural world and the living organisms that comprise it. To see more of her art, visit her website.     I work by drawing the essence of a place, finding the … [Read more]

Featured Artist Shelley Smith

"Hope or Despair?" Oil on Canvas, 48" x 30" by artist Shelley Smith. See her portfolio by visiting

Artist Shelley Smith’s nostalgic oil paintings portray American architecture, highlighting unnoticed gems in the landscape. See more of her art by visiting her website.     Whether it was drawing, designing or painting, I’ve been … [Read more]

Featured Artist Suzanne Yurdin

“Falling Into Winter” Mixed Media on Canvas, 36” x 36” by artist Suzanne Yurdin. See her portfolio by visiting

Artist Suzanne Yurdin conveys a sense of place by translating the environment in her mixed media paintings with energetic brushwork and color. To view more of her work, visit her website.     As long as I can remember, my … [Read more]

Featured Artist Curtis Olson

“Aerial Survey #8” Marble Dust Plaster/Cement Mixture, Acrylic, Enamel and Waxes on Wood Panel, 30” x 30” by artist Curtis Olson. See his portfolio by visiting

Artist Curtis Olson’s powerful mixed media images often feature the circle, reminding us of our relationship to the infinite. Please visit this artist’s website to learn more.     I had a semi-nomadic childhood. My family moved … [Read more]

Art Fair Show Tips: Making Sales After the Show

Art and Craft Show in California

by Carolyn Edlund Fairs and festivals are often the initial contact point with potential collectors. Here's how to keep communication flowing and sales happening after the show is over.     As a show exhibitor, you are in a … [Read more]

Featured Artist Rachele Nyssen

"Lichen Vase Peaches" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 20" by artist Rachele Nyssen. See her portfolio by visiting

Inspired by the Old Masters, artist Rachele Nyssen captures the quiet beauty, presence and richness of Classical Realism in her still life paintings. See more of her artwork by visiting her website.     In the beginning, I … [Read more]

Featured Artist Peter Boyadjieff

“Circumstances” Limited Edition Art Print, Various Sizes by artist Peter Boyadjieff. See his portfolio by visiting

Peter Boyadjieff uses technology to manipulate images, creating art that “combines physical realism and poetic imagery.” To learn more about his work, please visit his website.     I am a Bulgarian-born Canadian visual artist and … [Read more]

Featured Artist Cecilia Calderon

"Being Brave" Mixed Media, 40" x 40" by artist Cecelia Calderon. See her portfolio by visiting

Artist Cecilia Calderon works with various mediums and copper to create beautiful patinas in her mixed media tapestries. Visit her website to see more of her work.     I have always been fascinated by color. The best gift I … [Read more]

Featured Artist Nancy Lane

“Leaving in the Morning for Paris” Watercolor, 15” x 20” by artist Nancy Lane. See her portfolio by visiting

Artist Nancy Lane creates a sense of wonder through paintings that capture the beauty of the outdoors. Visit her website to view more of her work.     As a child growing up in the country, I spent lots of time outside. I was … [Read more]

Art Fair Show Tips: How to Make More Sales

Shopping at an art festival. Tips for artists are at

by Carolyn Edlund Do you have an art fair or festival coming up? Use these strategies to increase customer connection and sales.     Make a personal appearance and be accessible. It’s amazing how many times exhibitors are simply … [Read more]

Featured Artist Ann-Marie Brown

“Moving Target” Encaustic and Oil, 40” x 30” by artist Ann-Marie Brown. See her portfolio by visiting

Artist Ann-Marie Brown's lush oil and encaustic paintings are an invitation to linger. Learn more about this artist and view her portfolio by visiting her website.     I paint layer upon layer of oil and wax on the … [Read more]

Featured Artist Ellen Jean Diederich

“Cantata” Watercolor, 30” x 22” by artist Ellen Jean Diederich. See her portfolio by visiting

Painter Ellen Jean Diederich brings her subjects with vivid color and expressive brushstrokes. Enjoy her portfolio and view more by visiting her website.     I love painting! I paint in watercolor and acrylic in a … [Read more]

Featured Artist Nathalie Marcotte

“La terre de mes ancêtres” Acrylic on Canvas, 48” x 36” by artist Nathalie Marcotte. See her portfolio by visiting

Dreamlike abstract landscapes and flowing brushstrokes fill artist Nathalie Marcotte’s canvases. To see more of her work, please visit her website.     Shades of blue from sea and sky, the swift current of a river, the textured … [Read more]