Is your art habitual?

Hi there, Have you ever tried setting up a schedule to make art for so many hours on so many days? I have tried this a bunch of times but in the end I just never stuck with it. Sometimes something came up or I just didn’t feel like painting for that amount of time on...

Where are you looking?

Hi there, Your art might not be the best place to look when trying to improve it. Your art is simply the final result of many, many small actions and steps. This process, I have discovered, is the best place to start looking in order to improve your art. How you feel...

Is something calling you?

Hi there Do you remember what awoke you to your creativity? It is different for everyone. It could be seeing someone else’s art, or it could be just seeing something in your life that stirs your desire to make your art. But make no mistake, these messages come. And at...

Lines. What I just learned.

I have been drawing and painting my whole life and it never ceases to amaze me how much there is still to learn. Today in the studio I discovered some cool things about lines. Lines can give your art a feeling of spontaneity and scale without losing or markedly...

Less is More

My big studio table becomes cluttered with just about everything. What ends up there by the end of the week is startling. There are coffee cups, notes, unopened mail, magazines, paint brushes, laptop cords, pens and palettes, and this week even a single running shoe....

The words that make your best art.

While travelling in Mallorca I got to peek into Joan Miró’s studio. Artist studios are such personal places and Miro’s was no exception. His lifelong dream was to create a beautiful studio in his adopted home of Palma, Mallorca to make his art. Everything is left the...

Making Your Mark

Hi everyone, It’s incredibly gratifying to finish a painting. Seeing everything completed and in the right place – it’s like coming home at the end of a long journey. There’s just one thing left to do: the signature. Now, not every artist signs...

Improve your art by looking at this…

Do you ever lose your way in your art? And often, no matter how long you look, your art won’t reveal the answers? So instead, of looking at your art, try looking at your life instead. You see, often your art is made in response to your life. In other words, the reason...

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...