Did your parents hang your art up?

Did your parents hang your art up?

Did your parents hang your art up? It seems like a minor question at first blush, but having approval about anything we did by those we loved mattered as little kids—especially art. I have listened to many artists over the years talking about not being so supported when, at an early age, they were beginning to make their art. Even though I have taught for many years, I never heard a question that more gets at the heart of this delicate matter. Did your parents hang your art up? This question...

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Does your goal scare you a little?

Does your goal scare you a little?

Happy New Year!!! As part of my new year, I always think about what I am looking to achieve this year. I have a particular way of setting goals, and that is what I am talking about today. Check it out. Have a look here: For me, the litmus test as to whether the goal is juicy enough to pursue is if just the thought of it makes me a little scared. I call these the big scary goals. These are usually the ones that are worth pursuing. I also never set a goal for a year as I usually don't succeed....

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How to make your best Art next year

How to make your best Art next year

As we are about to cross over into a new year, I thought I would share a few ways to set yourself and your art up for success in 2021. All 5 of these ideas are made possible by planning. When I take time to revisit what I am making or desire to make, it almost always goes faster, easier, and with far better results. Have a look here: I go over 5 key ideas in this video today, but the 5th one is probably the most important. So here it is: In 2021, be extra vigilant about raising the bar on the...

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The 3 Best Things about the Art Journey

The 3 Best Things about the Art Journey

I want to remind you of something that gets me super fired up. It has to do with being an artist. There are tons of hard things about art-making. So many, in fact, that sometimes we can forget all the great parts. There are three big ideas in relation to the journey we are all on. And that is what I am talking about today. So, if you have been feeling a little low energy lately, maybe this will help. It works for me. Have a look here: The three best things about the artists' journey: 1. It is...

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How to scale up your Art Thinking

How to scale up your Art Thinking

I am standing in my new studio in Sausalito, California. Compared to my other studio, this one is way bigger, has a view of the harbor and will allow me to shoot better videos of making and teaching art. It is all very exhilarating but honestly, taking this step was kind of scary. From my experience, moving into something new always comes with a degree of uncertainty. It takes a different kind of thinking. And that is what I am talking about in today's video. Have a look here: Over time, the...

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Where is the Value of your Art?

Where is the Value of your Art?

I spent a lot of time worrying about if people understood what I was trying to say with my Art. It turns out this is almost impossible to ascertain. It also is a waste of energy. And this is what I am talking about in today's vlog. Have a look here: People are all so different, and everyone will see and feel different things when they experience your Art. I believe we make our best Art when we are free of any mental restrictions. The day I decided to give up caring what people might or might...

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How to get in the flow with your Art

How to get in the flow with your Art

Do you ever feel like it is hit-and-miss when making your art? That is how it was for me last night. I was going along great, and then I became distracted, and progress stalled. Sometimes it just feels like I am just pushing paint around. So what is all this about? How can artmaking sometimes feel so good and other times not so much? Well, that is what today's video is all about. Here are the things that help me Have a look here: I know the jury is still out on how to get and stay in the flow....

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How to call yourself an artist

How to call yourself an artist

I remember I used to have the most challenging time calling myself an artist. Inside, I felt like one. However, I wasn't ready to give myself that title. A majority of my work was making illustrations and so I called myself an illustrator. I had the misguided belief that one title mattered more than the next. I mistakenly thought my title limited what I could become or the kind of Art I could make. Looking back, I see what a big waste of time all those deliberations were. Today I am sharing...

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How my studio wall works

How my studio wall works

One of the most common questions I get asked is, "How does your studio wall work?” In other words, how do I hang all these different sized paintings on my painting wall? So today, I thought I would show you. Have a look here: I also share a tip about these 6" x 18" blocks of wood that hold my larger paintings off the ground. In most artist studios, old rickety paint cans are doing this job, but I find the wood blocks more stable and quick to set up, especially if you are alone in the studio....

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When is your Art done?

When is your Art done?

How do you know when your art is done? This question never seems to have a clear answer. I am not sure if I entirely do either, but I can share three helpful ways I think about finishing my art. This is what I am talking about this morning. Have a look here: The first of three ideas around finishing is one that took me many years to understand. First of all, I need to like it to call it done. I also know it is personal. What feels finished for me won’t necessarily feel finished for you. To...

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