Are you in a palette rut?

Do you get tired of using the same colors? I used to feel stuck in the same colors.

I kept repeating myself because it worked.

Now I have learned an approach to making any color work.

In today’s video, I will demonstrate a way to discover new color.

In the video, I give a quick refresher about color harmony.
This is at the root of making any color work with any other color.

Next I share an exercise that almost forces you to create new colors.
As long as you like the first one, you will probably like the ones that follow!

Thirdly, don’t forget that a super fast way to get color working is to glaze.

Creating the harmony by mixing paint or glazing over paint has the same effect.

Try and do a little of both.

And try that exercise! It works!

In the comments below post your new favorite color combinations!

Enjoy this day.

Nicholas

PS Towards the end of today’s video I show a book I illustrated. I will be giving this away next week
to one of our commenters!

PSS 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.

The best white in the world.

I am not even sure if white is one of the colors. Which is odd because it can look so great amongst them.

That is, if you pay attention to a couple of key ideas.

And that is what I am talking about this week.

And not just talking, but demonstrating.

Join me for a few minutes as we take a closer look at my favorite non color, white.

In this weeks video I am demonstrating 3 ideas.

#1 White will work better in your art if it’s just a little bit harmonized with the surrounding colors.

#2 Adding the tiniest amount of pure white in a spot or two of your painting can be a subtle but potent final adjustment.

#3 OK here goes… I am going to share the recipe of my not so famous, custom white color. It is called “Lyla’s White” and is named after my eldest daughter, Lyla. I love both so much.

We sell “Lyla’s White”, along with our other standard, custom colors in the Art2life Store.

But do me a favor and keep this recipe a secret just between us…ok?

Let us know in the comments what you know about white.

Happy art making today…

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.

3 AWESOME things I was just reminded of…

I recently was reminded of 3 things. When I think about them I always feel more excited about what is possible for my Art and Life.

And this is what I want to talk about today.

If you are rushing out to get your coffee and don’t have time to watch right now, here are the 3 awesome things I want to remind you about…

#1 Making amazing, authentic art is available for anyone. Yes, that means you too.

#2 The big mover and shaker in making your Art friggin extraordinary is…. YOU! It is all about leaning into who you are…and guess what? You already have all that!

#3 Here is, hands down, the coolest way to think about and motivate yourself to make more art more of the time…

Art making is the time in your day when you get to entirely, unequivocally be yourself. No phone calls, no one looking over your shoulder, and no one even in the room but you. It is the time you get to be totally free.

How great is that?

I was reminded of these 3 empowering ideas while sitting in the audience, listening to Marie Forleo at her recent book launch event in San Francisco.

These ideas got me all fired up and so I just had to share them with you.

Her new book “Everything is Figureoutable” is easy, funny and CLEAR. (Which I SO appreciate.) It is also super helpful and I bet will inspire your art as well as your life. It did mine.

Marie Forleo, in case you haven’t heard of her before, teaches and inspires entrepreneurs, creatives to dream bigger and create results in their lives. She is the creator of the uber popular MarieTV and the Marie Forleo Podcast.

Marie is very successful, but most importantly she is down to Earth. She is accessible. She makes the rest of us feel we too can realize our biggest dreams.

I love people like that.

Anyway, I was given an extra copy of her book at the event so I wanted to give it away to one of you!

Later today we will choose a standout comment and let you know next week who will receive this signed copy of “Everything is Figureoutable” (Signed by her, drawing of Maizy by me!)

What inspiration thing are you reminded of today?

Let us know in the comments below.

Make art today like there is no tomorrow. That is my plan!

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.

Are you playing big?

Do you ever feel like your art has stayed the same for too long?

When this happens to me I do a this really cool exercise. It totally works for me. Let me show you ..

Here is the basic idea…    

I give myself the task of only doing two things. Do something big and make it different than what I have done before. Whatever you make, providing it answers those two criteria, will often jumpstart your creativity. 

Bold, different moves lead to bigger, faster changes in your art. 

And change is what it is all about. Especially in art. 

How do you jumpstart your creative process? Let us know in the comments below.

Hope your day in the studio is great.

Nicholas

PS The winners of the Sennelier T shirt giveaway are Kelly Bracamontes and Kendra who commented about overcoming her dry spell in art. 

Shoot me an email at info@art2life.com with your shirt size and mail delivery address! Congratulations! 

Special thanks for the folks over @artsavoirefaire for hooking us up with a few of these great shirts. Also check out @sennelier1887 to learn more about these oil pastels and oil sticks.

If you want to purchase them you can find them here https://www.art2life.com/product-category/pastels/ or in better art stores in your area.

PSS 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.

Are you a stranger to your art?

Hi there,

I have been away from my studio
this summer. When I returned, I felt
like a stranger to my art.

Do you ever feel this way?
I used to struggle with this
every time I came back after
a long break.

But I figured out some helpful
tips that might work for you too.

How can we drop back into our
art making quicker and easier?

That is what today’s Vlog is all about.

I explain 3 key concepts.

#1 Take imperfect action.
It is all about actually doing something
that you can see. It doesn’t have to be good
it just has to be started.

#2 Convenience vs Commitment.
Our art is the later. It never is
slam dunk easy or convenient.
Don’t expect it to be.
Make a commitment to action,
to doing something that
moves the needle.

#3 Use the strategy of “play.”
A play mindset can help you more easily
re engage with your art. It creates
a feeling of wonder, curiosity and
one that is less serious. This, by the way,
is the optimal head space for making
your most extraordinary art.

These 3 concepts have helped me.

Let us know what helps you in the comments below.

Hope your Sunday in the studio is fun.

Nicholas

PS From those who comment on
today’s Vlog I will choose two
people to win a Sennelier shirt
like the one I am wearing. I will
announce the winners next week.

Special thanks for the folks over
@artsavoirefaire for hooking us up
with a few of these great shirts.
Also check out @sennelier1887
to learn more about these
oil pastels and oil sticks.

If you want to purchase them
you can find them here
https://www.art2life.com/product-category/pastels/
or better art stores in your area.

PSS 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.

Still hoping your art will turn out?

Hi there,

I call it hope painting.
This is when you just hope
that your art is going to turn out.

Sometimes it does and sometimes it
doesn’t.

This was my experience,
till I figured out a new way.

It is all about asking one
little question.

Less hope and more
clarity will always
create your best art.

What questions do you ask to make
your best art?

Let’s talk about this below.

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.

Is your art habitual?

Hi there,

Have you ever tried setting up a schedule
to make art for so many hours
on so many days?

I have tried this a bunch of times but
in the end I just never stuck with it.

Sometimes something came up
or I just didn’t feel like painting
for that amount of time on that
particular day.

And then I felt bad
about it which made things
even worse.

Clearly this was not working.
But tweaking things just a little
has made an art routine possible for me.

It was a small tweak but
has made a big difference in establishing
my habit of art making.

It turns out there are a ton of ways
to create good habits you want in your life as
well as letting go of old ones that no longer serve you.

What habits help you in the making of your art?

I bet our tribe knows a thing or two
about this subject!

Nicholas

PS If you want to learn more about habits check out
James Clear’s brilliant book “Atomic Habits”

I read it this week and learned a ton!
https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits

PSS 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.

Where are you looking?

Hi there,

Your art might not be the
best place to look when
trying to improve it.

Your art is simply the final
result of many, many small
actions and steps.

This process, I have discovered,
is the best place to start
looking in order
to improve your art.

How you feel and think
on the way to making your art is
what really determines the
final outcome.

This is what today’s video is all about.

If you are looking to uplevel your
art you might try looking, not
at your art, but at the process
that created it.

What part of your art process do you
want to improve?

Let’s talk about this at the comment section below.

The changes I have made to my process have
made a huge difference in my art.

I hope this idea can be helpful for you too.

Enjoy your time in the studio today!

Nicholas

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

This can improve
the color in your art!

Color Tips Download.

Is something calling you?

Hi there

Do you remember what awoke you
to your creativity?

It is different for everyone.
It could be seeing someone else’s art,
or it could be just seeing something in your life
that stirs your desire to make your art.

But make no mistake, these messages come.
And at some point, we notice them.

Today’s talk is about a few artists that did notice.
And took action.

This is about waking up to your
creativity.

Possibly you have already.

But maybe you are just
realizing that, in this life,
you might need to pivot
towards your creativity
a little bit more.

Towards more of what
brings you alive.

Is there a sign, message or signal
trying to get your attention?

Let’s talk about this below

I can’t think of anything more life
changing than the answer to this question.

Nicholas

PS Here is my cover art for Brene Browne’s “Gifts of Imperfection” mentioned
in the video.

PSS Brene is brilliant.
Here is a link to her fabulous new book
“Dare to Lead”

PSSS 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.

Lines. What I just learned.

I have been drawing and painting my whole life
and it never ceases to amaze me how much there
is still to learn.

Today in the studio I discovered some cool
things about lines.

Lines can give your art a feeling of spontaneity
and scale without losing or markedly changing
what you have already made!

It’s a shortcut to energizing your painted surfaces
by adding in a relatively minor mark.

And what is so friggin amazing to me, is that
a line that is truly made with abandon and freedom,
will retain this energy even when partially covered.

In other words, even if we see just parts,
it still shows the energy of the whole line!

Understanding these aspects of lines is huge.
Moving forward, I will be drawing way more
into my work.

Is this something new to you too?

Let’s talk about this in the comments below

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.