What makes being an artist great

Hi there, We are all familiar with the hard parts of being an artist. But today, since this is a season of gratitude, I thought I would talk about what I love about artists. First off, I am so thankful I am one. However, it is easier to recognize the characteristics I...

Want to improve your art? Share it.

Making art can be hard. But sharing it with others sometimes can be even harder. I think this is because, for some reason, we feel we have to be perfect. But this notion holds us back. And it certainly can stop us from sharing. Sharing, however,  is the very thing...

Russell Chatham 1939 – 2019

Last Sunday, the extraordinary landscape painter, Russell Chatham passed. He was a writer, avid fly fisherman, and naturalist. But above all else, he was a painter. He grew up in California painting the wild, untamed places of Northern California. He developed his art...

Hard to start your art back up? Try this.

Yep. This is one of the biggest challenges most artists struggle with… Starting your art again. It is so easy to lose the rhythm of making art. Sometimes it is a big life thing that gets in the way. It can even be a vacation. What about that friend who comes, visits...

Maybe you are not an artist?

Do you ever have the thought that maybe you can’t pull off making your art? Or even worse, that you are not an artist after all? I know I have. I hear a lot about this challenge from other artists. But you know what? These limiting beliefs don’t have to occupy any...

Is your art and life aligned?

Do you see a lot of different directions when you look at the arc of your art? Sometimes this can make us feel scattered and unsure about where exactly we want to put our creative energy. This was the case for me. Of course I love doing so many different kinds of...

Do you have too many directions for your art?

Do you feel overwhelmed with too many directions to take your art? The problem for me is that practically all of them seem like good directions. And probably, most of them are. But that isn’t the problem. The problem, at least from my experience, comes when we are...

Are you in a palette rut?

Do you get tired of using the same colors? I used to feel stuck in the same colors. I kept repeating myself because it worked. Now I have learned an approach to making any color work. In today’s video, I will demonstrate a way to discover new color. In the video, I...

The best white in the world.

I am not even sure if white is one of the colors. Which is odd because it can look so great amongst them. That is, if you pay attention to a couple of key ideas. And that is what I am talking about this week. And not just talking, but demonstrating. Join me for a few...

3 AWESOME things I was just reminded of…

I recently was reminded of 3 things. When I think about them I always feel more excited about what is possible for my Art and Life. And this is what I want to talk about today. If you are rushing out to get your coffee and don’t have time to watch right now, here are...

Are you playing big?

Do you ever feel like your art has stayed the same for too long? When this happens to me I do a this really cool exercise. It totally works for me. Let me show you .. Here is the basic idea…     I give myself the task of only doing two things. Do something big...

Are you a stranger to your art?

Hi there, I have been away from my studio this summer. When I returned, I felt like a stranger to my art. Do you ever feel this way? I used to struggle with this every time I came back after a long break. But I figured out some helpful tips that might work for you...

Still hoping your art will turn out?

Hi there, I call it hope painting. This is when you just hope that your art is going to turn out. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. This was my experience, till I figured out a new way. It is all about asking one little question. Less hope and more clarity...

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...