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 their work, which is fine!
It’s really a matter of preference. When it comes to my
paintings, for example, I do like to sign them.

Watch the video and see how I do it

There are of course a million ways to do this – no one
method is the best – but what do you think about this?
Do you like to sign your work, and if so, how?

I would love to know!

In gratitude, Nicholas

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 your art
isn’t feeling quite as good as it
used to, has to do with the fact
that your life has changed.

And now, the particular art
you have always made
is no longer the appropriate
response to your life.

Understanding the call and response
of our art and life can illuminate
and clarify both.

And most importantly, it can help you
identify an overdue change.

A change that results in art that
will be more like who you are
becoming.

What might you change in your life
that could shift your art?

The answer could be a game
changer for your art.

Leave a comment
and let us know!

Hope your Sunday is going great.

Nicholas

PS Check out my friend, April Dawn Parker’s
art at www.aprildawnparker.com or follow her on
Instagram @aprildawnparker

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 of remodeling my
new home.

Choosing colors and textures,
especially when some of the old,
less appealing ones remain, has
been tricky.

Here is a quick update on the bathroom,
where I have chosen colors and textures
based on the very same Art2life principles
I follow for making and teaching art.

In the end it all comes back to differences,
not just in art but also in the colors and
textures of the spaces we call home.

How does your art show up in your home?

Let us know in the comments below.

– Nicholas

PS If you haven’t yet, click here to join
the private Art2life Facebook group. In there you’ll
find a vibrant community of fellow creatives, not to
mention a ton of great art teaching content!

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 do you know if it is time
to change them into something new?
And once you do, what is the best
way to do it?

I think it all has to do with how
this old work makes you feel
when you look at it.

Today, I am finally going to change
one of my old paintings.

I will also be sharing a few tips
and tricks on changing your old
art into shiny, new art.

Do you have some old
art that might be ready
for a change?

Let us know in the comments below.

Maybe today is the day.

Nicholas

PS If you are new to Art2life,
click on the link below to
get my free Color Tips PDF.

This can help improve
the color in your art.

Color Tips Download

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 what I am talking about today.

The strength of your art, your output, is contingent on your input.

The more discernment involved in the curation of all that inspires you, the more authentic your art becomes.

It is a simple idea but one we often overlook.

Do you curate your input? In what ways?

Let us know in the comments below.

And if you are new to Art2life, click on the link below and get my free Color Tips download.

This can really help you improve the color in your art.

Color Tips Download

Hope your Sunday is great.
Nicholas

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.

It has to do with looking at three important
aspects of color.

These are value, saturation and harmony.
Choosing colors based upon these, especially value,
can markedly change and improve your Art.

This helped my art process so much.
Maybe this approach, or even part of it,
can help you too.

If you are new to Art2life,
click on the link below and
get my free download that goes
into quite a bit more about color.

You can get it here:
Color Tips Download.

Thanks so much
Nicholas

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
factor in making your art, truly
yours.

Focusing on discernment
in both Art and Life
optimizes both.

It can make the mediocre,
extraordinary.

Are you saying “yes” when maybe it should be a “no”?

Let us know in the comments!

Thanks for sharing a small part of your Sunday
with us,

Nicholas

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
view of your art.

From a distance you can
best see how one change
affects all the areas of your art.

Understand too,
that changing your art, improving
the design is usually done
in smaller, incremental changes.

It usually takes repeated efforts
to get one’s art really strong.

Design is one of the
most powerful principles
available to us and that is why it is the first lesson
in the Free Art2life Workshop
this week.

Hope to see you there!

Nicholas

PS During the next week I will be doing
additional training in the A2L facebook group.

Click on this link to join the group!

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. At least in art making.

Watch the video and I will show you…

Uncertainty forces us to use our intuition and when this occurs
our art becomes more personal. Not knowing, in the end, can
dramatically improve our art.

What do you fear?

Leave a note in the comments below!

Nicholas

PS I am launching the FREE Art2life workshop on
April 26th, 2019. To sign up, just click here!

PSS If you would like to take a deeper dive into all things art,
just join my free Art2life Facebook group, which you can do
by clicking here. Hope to see you in there!

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 else, and you just might find a bit
more ease and curiosity returning to your art making again.

By starting in this way, a sense of play and spontaneity
can return to your process.

Do you find you think too much of the end, at the beginning?

Leave a comment and let us know your experience…

Nicholas

PS I am launching the FREE Art2life workshop on April 26th, 2019.
To sign up, just click here!

PSS If you would like to take a deeper dive into all things art,
just join my free Art2life Facebook group, which you can do
by clicking here. Hope to see you in there!