How to choose better for your Art + Life

How to choose better for your Art + Life

Do you ever feel like you made the wrong decision? Upon looking back, it seems so obviously wrong. How could I make that decision? Well, that is what I am talking about today. Have a look here: If you want to be better able to choose what you want, especially...
Are you thinking big enough?

Are you thinking big enough?

I remember not feeling so good about the kind of art I was making. I thought it was because of my circumstances. I had all sorts of ideas about what was or was not possible for me. But years ago, I had a conversation with my father, Clifford Wilton, who changed all...
I am not competitive

I am not competitive

I used to hate competition. But now it doesn’t bother me. I figured out that competition was so unpleasant because I was focusing too much on everyone else. I lost track of me in the process. Whether you are running a race, dancing, making art, or almost any...
How to make your art more consistently

How to make your art more consistently

Do you ever set goals for yourself to make art so many hours so many times a week? I used to do that, but I discovered that it rarely works out for me. So I changed my thinking. That is what this video is about today. Have a look here: I call this strategy,...
These 3 hacks help me make art

These 3 hacks help me make art

I love simple hacks that can help make my art easier, quicker, and better. Today I want to share three with you that I’ve recently started doing in my art practice. Maybe they could help you too. Have a look here: In the end, it is about creating more time for...
So you want to sell your art?

So you want to sell your art?

I received this question the other day: “Is it wrong to try to make art that sells?” This answer is, well, not entirely. And there is no one-size-fits-all answer. But from my experience, I coach artists to focus first on making art they genuinely love. The kind of art...
Maizy

Maizy

A few days ago, we had to say goodbye to Maizy, our sweet dog. She was such a fixture in my life, in my family’s life, and I know, for many of you, she touched your heart as well. I thought I would share a small piece of her sweetness with you today instead of...
These art tools help me the most

These art tools help me the most

I get many questions about my favorite tools, and it’s been a few years since I last shared them with you, so today, I thought I would share a couple. All of them help me create an essential contrast in my art. It is a contrast, or “difference,” in my art that I love....
Are you juggling too much?

Are you juggling too much?

Do you sometimes feel you have too many ideas? Does it seem crazy to be entertaining one more thing with everything you already have on your plate? How do you deal with the overwhelm of all those creative ideas and plans you have? People accuse me of taking on WAY too...
I was avoiding this.

I was avoiding this.

Pulling off a small painting is hard. However, it can feel especially daunting to make a painting bigger than yourself. After I moved a raw 8ft x 8ft canvas into my studio, this is how I felt. I was unsure and reluctant to begin. There is just so much white space. The...
Finding the light in the darkness

Finding the light in the darkness

The times we are passing through are uncertain and challenging. However, these days also invite reflection, vitality, and even joy. Life always comes bundled with both light and darkness. It is a paradox, but it also makes this time creatively potent. How do we rest...
What makes our art and life extraordinary

What makes our art and life extraordinary

At first blush, all of us seem incredibly different. Artists, by their very nature, form their art from very different places and in very different ways. However, there is one aspect, one defining characteristic, I notice we all have in common. And that is what...
The intimacy of scale

The intimacy of scale

Hi there, do you ever hear something that you have always felt but never put it into words? That just happened to me. I was having a conversation with friend and artist, Nadine Renazile, and she shared something about painting at scale that confirmed and clarified my...
What makes a great shape?

What makes a great shape?

Hi there, as an abstract painter, my art focuses on shapes. I love them. Regardless of the kind of art you make, they all incorporate shapes. Creating great, alluring shapes in any art, however, is difficult. What makes one shape better than another? That is what I am...
Knowing this will make starting easy

Knowing this will make starting easy

Hi there, there are a gazillion reasons not to make your art. Here are some of my favorites: I am not talented. I don’t have enough time. I don’t have anywhere to work. People will laugh at my art. What could I do that hasn’t been done before?...
Are you ready for a studio?

Are you ready for a studio?

Hi there, is it time to get a studio? Most everyone wants an art studio, but not everyone knows when. And that is what today’s video is all about. Getting a new studio is one of the most significant factors in improving your art. There is one reason why. Objectivity....
How I know what to do next in my art

How I know what to do next in my art

Hi there, Today I thought I would talk about how I figure out what to do next in my art. Of course, every painting is different. However, the thought process, at least for me, is the same. And that is what I want to share with you today. Have a look here as I talk...
The disruption continues…

The disruption continues…

Today we are diving a little deeper into “Disrupted Realism,” both the concept and the book. I am talking again (see last week’s vlog by clicking here) with John Seed, author of the new art book “Disrupted Realism.” I think the idea of “interruption” resonates because...
Disrupt your Art

Disrupt your Art

Today we are talking about how to make your art more like you. I love helping artists develop their own unique voice. That takes time and is hard, but it is especially so if your art is realistic. John’s book is about the contemporary movement in the art world called,...
This will grow your Art

This will grow your Art

I think we are all slowing down. Many of us are getting a little more time to make art. But many are doing something else. They are planting gardens. I know this is true for me. I was drawn to gardening because I was so sick of being inside. So I planted a couple...