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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Look at what we are cooking up…

Look at what we are cooking up…

Since this all began I am making less art. But I am cooking way more. Making a big pot of soup somehow feels reassuring. As I was chopping onions the other day, I got to thinking how actually, making art is not so different from making food. Both nourish the body, soul and mind for sure. But then more connections came the more I thought about it. And that is what today’s vlog is all about. Click on the video below to watch. Maybe cooking is just another form of art making. I think it is. I...

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From my kitchen table to yours…

From my kitchen table to yours…

I am sitting at my kitchen table and I just made this video with my phone. Right now, I have very limited access to my studio. Like you, I can’t do many of the things I love right now. The hardest part is that I am mostly by myself. Everything feels uncertain. However there are three things that I can still do that I love. The first relates to the economic meltdown in 2009. I lost so much then. However, right in the hardest part of that time I had a thought that really helped me feel better. I...

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That fear in making art

That fear in making art

In my studio there is a very large, 8’ x 8’ blank canvas. I am a little nervous about starting because it is so big. I have never made a painting this size before. So of course it is going to be a little scary. Fear always seems to come bundled with taking bigger steps. It feels risky to try something new, but this is how we learn. This is how our art improves. So, today I am talking about ways to take some of that fear out of the big steps we all take in pursuit of stronger art. Click on the...

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Where the edges meet

Where the edges meet

Hi there, Melissa Chandon’s art is so different than mine. And that might be why it interests me so much. We got to talking about the edges in her art and I thought you might find it helpful. There are so many decisions in paintings, but possibly the most important ones have to do with edges. The edges are where two worlds meet each other. If there is a spark in the work, this is where it will happen. Have a look and see how Melissa describes the edges in her art. She highlights how she uses...

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Finding this could totally change everything

Finding this could totally change everything

Hi there, our art is only as good as we are. In other words, it is important to keep a steady stream of inspiring input coming in so what is going out, our art, is inspiring too. So how do we do that? Here is an example I couldn’t resist sharing. Aondrea Maynard, a San Francisco Bay Area artist has found a pretty cool way to do this. The takeaway? Be deliberate about incorporating wonder and discovery into your art practice. If we optimize what is coming into our art making, then what comes...

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3 Questions to Clarify your Art

3 Questions to Clarify your Art

If you can take the time to answer these 3 questions, very likely your art will improve. These are similar to a few of the questions we use in the Creative Visionary Program to help bring clarity to member’s art. It is so easy to fall into a routine in what and how we make our art. Have a look here to see how these questions can prompt a shift in your art These 3 questions can help you clarify how you might want to change your art. 1. What parts of my past art would I keep and what parts would...

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