Do you ever stop making art?

There are going to be patches when you won’t be making your art. Sometimes life just needs your attention elsewhere. Like when you have to move. This is what I am doing right now. But even though I am not making art, my art practice is still showing up in the process...

Make your old art new

Do you have a few duds hanging around the studio? Those paintings that never sold or for some reason you grew attached to it? I know I do. Maybe you know the ones I am talking about. They probably are pretty good, otherwise, you wouldn’t of kept them this long. So how...

Your Art is made yours by one thing…

The process of making authentic art actually begins before you even start. What you choose to look at, think about and even remember is ultimately what makes your art yours. In other words, what you put in affects what you create. Especially when making Art. This is...

How to choose better colors, quicker.

Is it hard to choose the right colors when creating your art? I used to really struggle with this. I would spend a ton of time changing colors and in the end the colors I ended up with were not really any better. And then I started choosing colors in a different way....

Improve Your Life And Your Art

Our art is really just a sequence of choices. A series of “Yes I like this”, or “No, I don’t like that” decisions. In the end it is all about discernment. To get good at this we need to practice. Not just in our art but also in our life. Discernment is the primary...

What does your Design look like from 30,000ft?

Hi, for the past 2 days I have been talking about Design because the Art2life Free Workshop has started! Go here to grab your spot! We just started with lesson 1 Design and have 3 to do over the next week. Today I am talking about the importance of seeing the 30,000ft...

Which kind of fear do you have?

Fear holds us back in our art. But not all fear is the same. Knowing which kind of fear you have is important to discern. Most fears come from not knowing the answers. Uncertainty in life and art conjures up a little fear almost every time. And this is a good thing....

Start with the start in mind

If you sometimes have a hard time starting or don’t enjoy the process of making your art so much, here is something to try. When you begin, instead of thinking about where you want to end up, try to focus on what you are doing in the present. Forget about anything...

Does your art ever feel like a garage sale?

There is something cool about garage sales. There are so many disparate things and all are thrown on afew tables on someone’s front lawn. You never know what you might find amongst all this person’s stuff. People sell all kinds of things. There seems to be no rhyme or...

Your view from here is entirely different

Sometimes, to make a big change in your art, all you need is a small, one in your thinking. I was reminded of this when recently being shown how to find mushrooms in the forest. Watch the video below and let me show you… Like the wide awareness of an owl perched...

Use this to improve your Art

Hi everyone, Once we begin making our art, everything changes. It can so much that sometimes our art ends up very different than intended. The reason this occurs is because once the art is underway, it is super easy to forget the essential feeling we had when we...

Learn This to Start Your Art

Hi everyone, The hardest part of making art is when you are not making it. And, it seems like it gets harder the closer you come to starting. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here is a simple re frame that might help you start more easily: Starting will never be...

Why your creative life is expanding

As my Father grew older he talked about how his future plans and ideas were probably not going to happen. He felt his choices in life were lessening and his world was becoming smaller. But his art, he said, was different. When we are just starting in our art, our...

Want to see how I stopped my art from warping?

I have always painted on cradled hard wood panels. But now I am doing something different. I am stretching canvas over the panels and once the painting is done, restretching the canvas on stretcher bars. Click here or on the image below and I will show you how. This...

How to get through that hard middle stage

You start off great and everything seems to be looking good. But, then you hit that middle part of your art and are not quite sure what to do next.. You’re stuck. So how do you move forward? Click on the image below and I’ll tell you what works for me.   Guess...

My mother, Audrey’s Memorial

Last Sunday was my Mother’s memorial. It was a beautiful day filled with beautiful stories of my mother, the warmth of friends and family and of course her blackberry fruit pies for everyone to try. All around the room were hung photos that till my mother had passed...

A new way to make your art better AND faster

Do you spend way too long working on your art all the while not liking it so much? I did too. There is always going to be struggle in making art, but this approach I am going to share with you today really helped my process. It is all about when and what to focus on...

Can Play Improve Your Art?

Hi everyone I just finished exhibiting my art at Julie Nester Gallery. And now my studio is empty. Starting again feels daunting. There are just blank walls and all the paintings are gone. When I feel this way, I remember the one thing I need to do in my art. I need...

Is This Missing In Your Art?

Hi everyone, I want to thank so many of you for the kind, thoughtful comments regarding the passing of my mother, Audrey. The past week has been made so much more bearable because of all the support this community has given me. It literally has moved me to tears. I...

My Mother Audrey

On Friday morning, after having cancer for over 10 years, my mother Audrey, passed. I normally make art during my week which then generates what I share on this vlog. However this week, especially today, all I can think about is my mother. And so I thought I would...