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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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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What can you use again?

What can you use again?

This time is partly about managing with less. Less driving, less shopping and less social engagements. Interestingly, it actually doesn’t feel like less. My days feel more calm. I am noticing and discovering more. It is affecting my art, too. I am even finding and using different art supplies I forgot I even had. This video today is about discovering new creative approaches, tools and thinking in this time. Especially in your art. Click on the video below to watch. The colors in your art can...

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How do you find your wild side?

How do you find your wild side?

Ok, so we are stuck inside. Our lives are becoming more predictable. You might be settling into routines. But not all of our life needs to become this way. Your art can become a place of adventure. Unpredictability and wildness can run free in your art practice. And this is what this week’s video is all about. Click on the video below to watch. You can take a walk on the wild side by starting your art in a much bigger way. Or perhaps allowing yourself to make something entirely new. After all,...

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What is blue for you?

What is blue for you?

I almost became a marine biologist. It didn’t take too long to realize, however, that the part of the marine world I loved was its appearance. It wasn’t so much about the science. I just was absolutely mesmerized by the colors of the undersea world. So I figured I could just stick to being an artist and stay in this world of color. And that's what happened. Over the years, my art has become less about the colors of places or things but more about just the colors. For me, color is subject...

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Your art family…

Your art family…

I remember the first time my father complimented something I made. I never forgot it. It gave me the confidence to choose a life that had art as its centerpoint. The motivational speaker Jim Rohn has famously said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” For most of us, especially in this time of quarantine, these are the people we hold most close. In our art and life, our successes are, to a large degree, determined by those in our inner circle. This is what...

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