How to get into the flow of your art

How to get into the flow of your art

Today I am joined by Gay Hendricks, author of “The Big Leap,” and his new book “The Genius Zone.” Gay is a world-renowned expert on “connecting to our genius,” that flow state, and offers a deeper understanding of what exactly this is and how to access it....
How to change intimidation into inspiration

How to change intimidation into inspiration

I used to think the more great art I saw of others, the more inspired I would become – not just in my art, but also in my desire to make it. One of the best places to see a ton of great art is at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida. I saw so much incredible art....
What is fine art?

What is fine art?

I define “fine art” as what I would make if I could make any art I wanted. For many years I supported myself by making illustrations. Sometimes I liked doing it, but mostly not. However, to start making my fine art seemed way out of reach. It seemed like a...
How to choose for a Call for Entries

How to choose for a Call for Entries

Today I thought I would share a few thoughts about increasing the likelihood your art will be accepted into a juried show. These three ideas came from volunteering for an exhibition in NYC. Listen here. The first realization is that your art, to stand out from the...
Is this missing in your art?

Is this missing in your art?

John Le Carre, the famous British spy writer, said, “The cat sat on the mat is not a story. The cat sat on the Dog’s mat is a story.” Why? It has to do with tension. When troubleshooting our art, we rarely talk about tension. However, it is needed to...
What is your new story?

What is your new story?

When I pause my artmaking, the one thing that gets my creative juices flowing are the stories of other creatives. What cool things are being made by others? How are they doing this, and why? I love learning from seeing and listening to the stories of other creatives....
The necessity of stopping

The necessity of stopping

The season of my art making is changing. June, for me, marks the beginning of a time of more reflection. My productivity lessens to take stock of where I am and where I might be going next. Now, I write more and paint less. I reflect more. I try to hold off from doing...
These might change everything for you

These might change everything for you

I like to paint boldly and a little out of control, especially in the beginning. If the picture is giving you bold, clear messages, you can better respond with the same. In other words, it is easier to know what to do next. A strong start can make your progress easier...
What I am making this week

What I am making this week

Hi there, I thought I would share what I have been working on in my studio today. I always enjoy seeing what others have been making, so hopefully, you find some value in seeing my recent work. I am pretty excited about this new work. Have a look here. So what are you...
How to handle copycats

How to handle copycats

Nobody likes a copycat – especially when they are copying our art. However, if we all think back to different times or stages of our art, we probably all have a time or two when we’ve been influenced a little too much by some else’s art. I know I have. I...
The Art of Trees

The Art of Trees

I’m excited for you to meet an extraordinary artist. His name is Adam Wolpert. For over 35 years, we have been sharing our journeys, making art and I honestly would say, teaching each other. I have learned so much from Adam, even though our art is so different....
The story of Delita Martin’s Art

The story of Delita Martin’s Art

I love stories. But I especially love it when art tells them. Today I want to share Delita Martin’s art and the stories it tells. Her art is stunning, moving, and poignant. Once I met her, I understood why. I think you will, too. We all have a story to tell. It...
The trick I do with color

The trick I do with color

Today I am sharing how I create color when I start my paintings. From the beginning, I heavily harmonize them. Even though the painting is still very raw and unfinished, the harmonized color makes the work look cohesive. Check this out. This practice of creating...
Meet my art business mentor…

Meet my art business mentor…

How do you take your art, creative expertise, or teaching and show it to a lot more people? How do you attract an audience? In the beginning, I didn’t know. I had to ask a ton of questions to create a business centered upon my art. Most of the answers I was...
This will make your art irresistible

This will make your art irresistible

There is one vital ingredient in art that makes it super potent. I learned this many years ago when creating a poster for the Salvation Army. Here is what happened. Until that point, I never really paid attention to the degree of feeling and emotion I placed in my...
This is the cheapest but best tool

This is the cheapest but best tool

I used to be addicted to buying art materials — especially the expensive ones. I was looking for the one tool or material that would suddenly make my art unique. Well, I never found that magic tool. Changing and improving my art was a slow process. It happened because...
Is Simplicity better than Complexity?

Is Simplicity better than Complexity?

Which is better in Art? Simplicity or complexity? It seems lately simplicity is more popular. It took me a long, long time to find the answer. But I did, and today I will share my answer with you. I found out right as I was leaving art school. I was confused because...
How To Love Doing Commissions

How To Love Doing Commissions

Do you want to do commissions? Or have you found them to be super difficult? Well, that was the case for me. Seriously, whenever I accepted a commission, I not only wouldn’t have fun, but I often did work I liked the least. Why? Well, it took me way too long to...
Why keep making Art if no one is buying?

Why keep making Art if no one is buying?

Towards the end of my Father’s life, he lost his momentum to make his Art. I remember when he asked me, “Why keep making art if no one is buying?” It is a common question I hear other artists ask, but I never thought I would hear my Father, an artist...
The New World of Laurie Shapiro…

The New World of Laurie Shapiro…

Art that I haven’t seen before moves me. Sometimes it is mine, but often it is someone else’s. Today I am excited to share the latter. Laurie Shapiro is a Los Angeles-based immersive installation artist. She is here today to give us a quick peek into the...