The Power of New

With every new body of work, I try to have one piece where I do the exact opposite of how I normally paint.

It may seem a bit counter intuitive, but having a piece where I stay away from my normal routine helps me remain motivated. It injects a freshness into my regular practice and pushes me to bring new elements into my work.

Watch the video and let me know what you think – how do you find inspiration?

In gratitude, Nicholas

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Start by Starting


I am often asked how I begin a new piece. It’s a good question, and one that many artists, both experienced and otherwise, have difficulty answering.

Lately however, I believe I’ve finally come to a satisfactory response.

Watch the video and let me know what you think. What is your process for starting something new?

In gratitude, Nicholas

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A New Way to Mix Color


I’ve been using this new method for mixing color and I wanted to share it with all of you. It’s really helped me determine the color choices for my pieces.

Watch the video and let me know what you think – how do you decide which colors to use in your paintings?

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS I’m starting a private Art2Life Facebook group soon, and I would love for you to be a part of it! It’s totally free, and in it I’ll be sharing more content like this, as well as some other cool things!

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How I Approach Commissions


I was recently commissioned to do a painting. Now, commissions bring a particular set of challenges to the table, but in the case of this most recent painting, there was an additional caveat: the client wanted the piece to look like an older painting of mine.

Of course, I don’t want to just make a copy of an older painting – doing that wouldn’t be interesting to me, and the end result would be boring.

Watch the video and let me know what you think. What challenges do you encounter with commissions?

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS I’m starting a private Art2Life Facebook group soon, and I would love for you to be a part of it! It’s totally free, and in it I’ll be sharing more content like this, as well as some other cool things!

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PSS Here is a photo of the painting the client wanted me to copy:

My New Favorite Tools

Oil paint has always been a part of my practice, but recently I’ve been using drawing materials as well.

The combination of these two mediums has led my work in some exciting new directions, and as such I thought I would take a moment to share what I use.

Watch the video and let me know what you think – have you started using any new materials with your work, and if so, what are they? I would love to know!

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS I’m starting a private Art2Life Facebook group soon, and I would love for you to be a part of it! It’s totally free, and in it I’ll be sharing more content like this, as well as some other cool things!

It’s not ready just yet, but in the meantime if you want to register, click here and my team will get in touch with you when the private group opens!

Hope to see you there!

How To Break Through

Often times inviting change into one’s work is a deliberate process.

Case in point is my current body of work: lately I’ve found that I am creating pieces that look too familiar to what came before,
and as a whole they lack a certain freshness or spontaneity that is crucial to my practice.

So, the question becomes, how to get around this? How to ignite that creative spark?

Watch the video and let me know what you think – how do you deal with artistic roadblock?

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS I’m starting a private Art2Life Facebook group soon, and I would love for you to be a part of it! It’s totally free, and in it I’ll be sharing more content like this, as well as some other cool things!

It’s not ready just yet, but in the meantime if you want to register, click here and my team will get in touch with you when the private group opens!

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Lyla’s Dance

I just moved, and in the process of going through all my things I came across an old painting of mine. I remember after completing the piece I thought it was quite good – I liked the composition, the colors, the brush strokes – I was very pleased with what I had made.

But after bringing this piece into my studio and putting it next to my newer work, I quickly saw just how far I’ve progressed as a painter.

Watch the video and let me know what you think – how do you react to older work?

In gratitude, Nicholas

Start and Do Anything

I recently started 2 new pieces and for a moment I had a bit of anxiety, trying to figure out where to begin! And then I remembered the secret to getting started.

Watch the video and share your thoughts and comments. What is the first thing you do when you have a new piece?

Full-Blown Pink

I have never been comfortable with using pink – it’s just not a color I understand. So, naturally, I decided to take a dive and started working on several large paintings made almost entirely of pink.

Tackling this new subject in such an immersive, all-consuming type of way got me out of my comfort zone, and forced me to push my work in new, unexpected directions. It is crucial, as an artist, to continuously expose your practice to unfamiliar concepts and approaches, as this is how you grow.

Watch the video and let me know what you think. What colors or concepts do you shy away from working with?

In gratitude, Nicholas

A New Way To Paint

This year has definitely been one of changes for my art practice. For example, when it came to mixing color, I used to just make tiny little puddles. Now however, I’ve started mixing much more pigment at one time – almost enough to fill a bucket! This has had a positive effect on my practice, as it has allowed me to work on multiple pieces at once with even more ease.

Watch the video and let me know what you think – what is your process for mixing color?

In gratitude, Nicholas

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