3 Questions to Clarify your Art

If you can take the time to answer these 3 questions, very likely your art
will improve.

These are similar to a few of the questions we use in the Creative Visionary Program
to help bring clarity to member’s art.

It is so easy to fall into a routine in what and how we make our art.

Have a look here to see how these questions can prompt a shift in your art

These 3 questions can help you clarify how you might want to change your art.
1. What parts of my past art would I keep and what parts would I let go?

By subtracting what parts of your art you no longer need, what will remain will be
stronger and more vibrant.

2 How does your art relate to who you are?
The more you can connect yourself to your art, the more unique and engaging your art will become. Not just for you but for the world.

3 Describe the art you will be making in 3 years? You just might be surprised how much you already know about where your art needs to go in the future. Imagining it, even slightly, will help you see clues in the present to get you there more quickly.

What part of your art would you let go? What part are you going to keep?

Let us know in the comments,

Have a great Sunday!


PS Today at 12 noon PST, I will be live on the Art2life Facebook Page answering your questions about the Creative Visionary Program, and demonstrating changes to improve your artwork. Come join!

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Differences. This changes everything.

The big idea behind  all my teaching is “differences.”

It is the key to solving most art problems and in many ways, life problems too.

We all crave feeling alive.

And what gives us this sense is when we experience things we haven’t before. 

Things that are different.

Things that are outside our everyday routine.

This inspires us in our life and especially in our art.

It is so simple.

Have a look here and see how this one idea can give you clarity on how you can fix many of your art making challenges.

If you want to dive more into this with me, join the Free Art2Life Workshop. 

It is happening now and it is not too late to jump in…

Enroll for the Creative Visionary Program (CVP) is open…join now!!!

Every year I teach this workshop, I get so excited by all those who, in the very first day, are fixing and improving their art.

It can happen so fast.

Do you use the concept of differences in your art? 

Leave your thoughts, comments or questions below.


PS Tomorrow at 9am PST, I will be emailing out my second lesson on VALUE. This is probably the most important lesson in the entire workshop. 

Enroll for the Creative Visionary Program (CVP) is open…join now!!!

Did you forget this?

Just thinking about being creative, can feel hard.
Finding the time and space to make art can even feel like a chore.

But it doesn’t have to.
Today I am talking about some hacks to get you back into
your art without the usual pain and procrastination.

Watch the video below:

Today I share that just 20 min a day for 5 days will lead you back into your art.
Artmaking is just like so many other things in life.
The more you do the more you will do.

But do you want to know the best part of all of this?
It is something we always forget…

And it is this:
The making of our art is not hard. What is hard, however, is all the time we
spend thinking about not making our art.

Seems so simple. But best of all, it is true.

I hope this rant was a little bit helpful today and you end up in the studio.
Even for just 20 min.

Enjoy this day.


PS: OK! We are almost here!!! The Free Art2life Workshop
is coming this Friday the 14th!


It is Valentines Day so let this serve as a reminder in case you need to get that special person, a special something.

But really, what I am hoping is that super, special person is you.

And that you are going to give yourself the gift of art by joining us for the
Free Art2life Workshop. I think you are going to love it.

Here is the link.

Do you love that ugly stage in your art?

I am pretty sure you are art goes through
the same ugly stage as mine does.

I hear from so many artists how much they hate this part
of the process.

Today I want to talk about this dreaded stage and maybe why it
is not so bad after all.

Watch the video below:

There are three ideas to keep in mind when it comes dealing with the ugly stage
in your art making.

#1 When you are making art that is ugly, you are doing so because you don’t know any better.
It is because you are in a learning stage. And this is good. However, the faster, bigger learning always comes with more pain and suffering.
It is just garden variety learning.
And this is the reason our art improves and changes overtime.
So remember the ugly stage is an absolutely essential stage of making
powerful, authentic art.

#2 Taking risks can result in mistakes.
This is why sometimes your art seems off.
It is why it can slip into that ugly stage.
Trying anything before you know feels scary and risky.
But risk makes a kind of mark that is super exciting in your art.
The viewer can feel you taking a risk and they become inspired as a result.
They too are on the edge of their seat. Risk is the antidote to boredom in your art,
and in you, when you are making it.
Risk is the 6th Art2life Principle for a reason.
It is a vital ingredient in all great art.

#3 It can feel so amazing to fall in love with what you are making.
But if this happens too early, then it can hold you back.
You simply cannot freely create as your art has become too precious.
A sure fire way to break this premature bond of love is to just allow any and all marks
to be made.
Even the unsure ones.
This usually will send the painting into that ugly stage.
And it is here where real work can begin. Now, freed from the tyranny of a perfect
outcome you can begin to really experiment and freely create.

I hope that the ugly stage of your painting now feels, well, a little less ugly.

How do you deal with this ugly stage?
Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Art Making!


PS In less than 2 weeks the Free Art2Life Workshop is starting!


It all starts this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th.I will be doing additional trainings in the
Art2life Artists Facebook Group so make sure you are a member. Join in here:

Do less so you can do more.

Do you ever feel like you are trying too hard when you are making your art?
I know I have felt this way.

It can feel like you are crawling through the desert on your knees.
But it doesn’t have to.

This reason this sometimes happens is because you are trying too many
new things all at the same time.

Does this sound familiar?

Listen to this Sunday’s Vlog to learn some ways around this challenge.
Watch the video below to check it out.

In it I hit a few workarounds.

Experimentation is fun because there are usually no expectations of a getting a final result.

However, experimenting with the intent of getting a particular outcome is not so fun.

In fact, it can totally take the wind out of your sails.

One of the ways to make the whole process easier is to reduce the amount of new
things you are trying to do from one piece to the next.

This allows you to more easily learn.
It is all about applying your learning from the first to the second and third piece of art.

How do you manage the need to change with the desire to consistently
make something you like?

Leave a comment below and let us know

And… today we announce the Cosmic Carnival photography book winner…

Good Luck!

I hope your Sunday is fabulous.


PS I am starting to get really excited… in just a couple of weeks, the Free Art2Life Workshop begins!

Make sure you are on the list…


It all starts this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th. Tell all your friends!

It will let you see your own art in a brand new way.

PSS Here is the link where you can grab your own copy of photographer @arthur_drooker Cosmic Carnival. Enjoy!

Link to where you can buy the book

I avoid Carnivals. Art changed that.

Artists have a way of seeing things differently.
It is what we do.

When someone experiences your art they get a glimpse of
a brand new world.

Art brings wonder to our lives. It moves us.
It opens us.
I feel this every time I see potent art.

This just happened when my friend and photographer, Arthur Drooker,
showed me his recently published photography book Cosmic Carnival.

I stopped going to carnivals once my kids grew up
and stopped asking.

I stopped going because I no longer find anything of value there.

But looking at the remarkable photography of Arthur’s changed all that.
Watch the video below.

Taking the overlooked and making it new again
is a gift given to all of us.

Arthur’s Cosmic Carnival does just that.

How has the art of other’s changed your world?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

And….as a special bonus today, Arthur is going to give one lucky artist a signed copy of Cosmic Carnival!

He will choose someone from the comments and it just might be you!

For the rest of us, here is a link where you can grab your own copy of Cosmic Carnival. Enjoy!

Cosmic Carnival

Hope your Sunday is shiny and new.


PS Make sure you sign up for our Free Art2Life Workshop!


It all starts this Valentines Day, Feb. 14th. It will let you see your own art
in a brand new way.

How much difference is too much?

Today I am sharing the one cool thing I learned in making this

It just might help you too.

It has to do with my favorite subject when talking about art making.

When we experience things that are different from one another,
it makes us feel alive.

In art, “differences” can be expressed as different sizes, colors, values and
textures to name just a few.

But if things are too different they no longer relate.

And that is what happened in this recent painting.

In this painting, parts became so different that it felt disjointed.

The solution came by making the foreground and the background not more different,
but more similar.

We want our art to feel cohesive. We want it to feel like it all belongs in the same world. But we also want the tension of the differences.

Art making has a lot to do with balancing cohesion with contrasts.

We all express this differently and this, in the end, is what makes our art
feel like our own.

Do you consider this idea in your art? Let us know your thoughts in the
comments below.

Have a great Sunday!


PS Join the waitlist for our Free Art2Life Workshop which starts
February 14th, 2020. This year it is going to be better than ever…



By the way, February 14th, 2020 is Valentine’s Day! So tell someone you love who loves art
to get on the waitlist too!

Here is what I am working on…today and next year!

So I just thought I would share a little bit about what I am making today. The thinking might relate to something you are working on too.

As many of you know, I am a big proponent of understanding value contrast.

When there is big differences in value, however, it can make the differences of color feel less by comparison.

The other cool idea that I tried that has really helped this busy little painting, is using the differences of complexity. In other words, having open areas as well as busy areas.

Once I opened up this design, the work became a lot stronger.

Of course this idea is hard to just write about so to have a look below, and let me know in the comments if you can relate to these ideas.

I hope your year is starting off great….

I decided at the last minute to do a 60 day clean diet challenge where most of what I love to eat and drink won’t be around for awhile…

But I figure this will give me so much energy that I will be able to make a ton more art!

What things are you going to do differently this year?

Let us all know in the comments below.

I hope this first Sunday of 2020 is fabulous!


PS So the Season of Learning is almost upon us again… And it is all starting with our Free Art2Life Workshop! It starts on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14th. If you hop on the waitlist now you won’t miss any of the goodness that is coming your way.


Super excited for this year and all that is coming for us all ….

Having no time can improve your art. See how.

Making art can be hard. But finding time to make it is harder. This is the number one challenge that stops most artists from making steady progress.

I have especially been feeling this lately because of the holidays.

Both my daughters are in town. There are more year end parties as well as tons of people in town who I just want to see. Throw in 2 weeks of workshops in Mexico at the beginning of December and there you have it.

No window of time left to make art. Or is there?

Today’s video is all about how to get better at making art more consistently. Click on the video below to check it out.

In this video I go over 3 benefits of having little time to make art.

#1 The windows of available time can be small, especially for those of you just starting out. Like 10-20 min small! It is more about the pattern of repeatedly coming back to your art during the week that once established, will serve you and your art best.

#2 It is all about creating momentum in your practice by “stacking” the windows of time. Two to three short windows of making art, say 20 min each, 3x a week is WAY better than 1 hour once a week.

#3 Coming to your art in tiny windows of time means you will be coming in with a fresh perspective. And as a result, your art will come more easily, because you can be more objective. In short, you can see what you are making more clearly. It also helps to bring the outside world, the different experiences you have experienced, to your art. That is huge.

I love that, in a way, being busy and not having tons of time to make art actually can help make it better.

Is this true for you too?

Let us know in the comments below.

Happy Holidays!


PS We are already getting people on the waitlist for our Free Art2Life Workshop which starts February 14th, 2020. This year it is going to be better than ever…



By the way, February 14th, 2020 is Valentine’s Day! So tell someone you love who also loves art to get on the waitlist too!

Want stronger art? Here is how.

I am going to share something different today. I only explain during our 12 week
CVP program. It is an advanced concept but I will try and keep it simple.

OK here it is: In order for the viewer to really see and feel your art, it is helpful for you to
choose the one thing you want the viewer to see and feel. Sounds simple right?

In art making, the most powerful noticeable difference is value contrast.
And by that I mean that this is the place, in your art, where the difference between
lightness and darkness is greatest.

Many artists are not aware that value contrast is a super strong visual difference in our art.
So strong, in fact, that it can visually dominate the art.
So the the idea is this: If you want to highlight anything else, such as color for example,
then it is helpful to lessen the value contrast.

Have a look at this video and try to get what I am saying.

Vulnerability is that one ingredient.
The idea is that our art can become much stronger if we show primarily one thing.
To do this we have to get clear about what that is and then learn how to visually
showcase this one thing.

I have never tried to explain this in such an abbreviated way so I am curious if this is clear?

Do you get this idea? It is a game changer.
Let me know in the comments your thoughts and the takeaway from this idea.

Happy Holidays!


PS If you want to get on our waitlist for our Free Art2life Workshop that starts Feb 14th 2010 click here!
It is going to be amazing…