Are you ready for a studio?

Are you ready for a studio?

Hi there, is it time to get a studio? Most everyone wants an art studio, but not everyone knows when. And that is what today’s video is all about. Getting a new studio is one of the most significant factors in improving your art. There is one reason why. Objectivity. When you have more room, you can get back farther from your art. It allows you to see big art smaller. It lets you see many of your paintings all at the same time. And this allows you to compare and contrast many paintings instead...

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How I know what to do next in my art

How I know what to do next in my art

Hi there, Today I thought I would talk about how I figure out what to do next in my art. Of course, every painting is different. However, the thought process, at least for me, is the same. And that is what I want to share with you today. Have a look here as I talk about three paintings I am working on in the studio. Click on the video below to check it out... It all comes down to whether you have too much or too little of what you love. Of course, sometimes the challenge is merely in figuring...

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The disruption continues…

The disruption continues…

Today we are diving a little deeper into “Disrupted Realism,” both the concept and the book. I am talking again (see last week’s vlog by clicking here) with John Seed, author of the new art book “Disrupted Realism.” I think the idea of “interruption” resonates because currently all of our lives are being disrupted. The pandemic has changed everything. I have been feeling, however, the incessant distractions well before Covid even arrived. It seems you can’t get even 20 minutes by yourself...

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Disrupt your Art

Disrupt your Art

Today we are talking about how to make your art more like you. I love helping artists develop their own unique voice. That takes time and is hard, but it is especially so if your art is realistic. John’s book is about the contemporary movement in the art world called, “Disrupted Realism.” I have a feeling it just might provide you some ideas as to how to make this possible. Click on the video below to check it out... I love this subject and especially John’s book. How do you disrupt your art?...

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Standing together / Nicholas Wilton / Art2Life

Standing together / Nicholas Wilton / Art2Life

I have canceled my normal vlog today in order to express my solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the dismantling of institutional racism and inequality.As I’m sure many of you are also feeling, my heart is heavy over the recent displays of violence and police brutality. This moment calls upon us all to stand for justice.How we do so will be different for each of us. It might be protesting, using art, song, or story. Others may offer financial support for this movement. And for...

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This will grow your Art

This will grow your Art

I think we are all slowing down. Many of us are getting a little more time to make art. But many are doing something else. They are planting gardens. I know this is true for me. I was drawn to gardening because I was so sick of being inside. So I planted a couple vegetables to start. But then seeing those tiny plants change and grow just drew me in. This always happens when we start paying attention. It happens with gardening, but especially with art making. And that is what today’s video is...

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Answer this and your art will take off

Answer this and your art will take off

What do I do now? This is the burning question I hear from artists more than any other. We ask teachers, artists, friends and just about anyone who might have a clue. But this question is not best answered by others. It is answered by you. And that's what today’s video is about. If you can get this right your art will simply take off. Click on the video below to watch. The ability to answer this question doesn’t come all at once. It is a practice. A practice of listening and collaboration with...

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This will change you and your art

This will change you and your art

Ever notice you become bored in your art and life if things stays the same for too long? We feel alive when something different shows up. It happens when the sun shines after a week of overcast days. It can happen by adding a bright pink color to a drab grey painting, In life and art, however, the edges, the place where one thing changes to the next is especially potent. Where that drab grey suddenly shifts to bright pink is a visually powerful spot. So is where the deep blue of a sky meets a...

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Paintbrushes? Who needs them…

Paintbrushes? Who needs them…

My recent work has been made without paint brushes. For me, it makes better art. Is this the case for you? Check out this week’s video to see why... That is what today’s video is all about. Click on the video below to watch. It has to do with control. I discovered the less control I have, the less like me the art becomes. And this is a good thing. Having me control everything, well, feels like I am controlling everything. And that makes my art predictable. Instead, highlighting the difference...

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Why does abstracting realism make it more real?

Why does abstracting realism make it more real?

Making something 2D look 3D is almost like magic. A flat painting that looks realistic and dimensional can take your breath away. However, when I tried to make my paintings more realistic by controlling the paint and using smaller and smaller brushes, my art became less realistic. It ended up becoming kind of flat. What was happening, and more importantly why? That is what today’s video is all about. Click on the video below to watch. Here is what I learned: My art looked and felt more...

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