Garage Sale Sunday

Hey everyone, Today I am briefly talking about how to avoid the “garage sale” thing in your art. To fix this you need to understand DESIGN and VALUE These were the first two Art2life Principles I covered in last weeks Free Art2life Workshop. If you find today’s talk...

It Takes A Long Time To Become Young

Have you ever noticed that when you are making your art and it is all working out that it is almost as if you are not entirely there? You are driving the bus but it seems like you do not have to try very hard. Almost like it is driving itself. Art making sometimes can...

How To Make Amazing Color

I wanted to do something special today and give a little tutorial on color. Specifically, I want to show you how to create color combinations that go well with one another. As you might have guessed, the secret comes down to differences! Watch the video and let me...

How to Make Your Art Bigger

So how do you make your work hold up when it gets super big? I mean really big, like 8-10 ft. big. At that scale – or actually any time your work gets bigger than yourself – it can either fall down or be stupendous. Scale makes everything better or worse. I am asked...

Don’t Forget the Wax

I’ve been getting quite a few questions recently about one of my tools: cold wax medium. So, I thought I would make a little video about it for you all to enjoy! Watch the video and let me know what you think – what special tools do you use in your art...

The Thinking That Can Save Your Art

One of the trickiest parts of being an artist is maintaining momentum. I struggle with this and I also am amazed at how many artists that I work with do too. The making of Art can be super hard and then it can feel easy and effortless. It is a roller coaster ride...

Do Anything

When I used to start a painting, there was always a little period of time where I would stare at the blank panel, unsure of what to do. As the years have gone by however, I’ve developed a trick to get past this artistic road block. Watch the video, and let me...

How to Know When You Need to Change Your Art

It seems once you arrive at a good place with your work, in no short time, this place begins to lose its appeal. Over time it even can become boring. The only way out of this is to change our work. Knowing how or when to change is not always apparent. This can be...

The Power of You

Sometimes the art we make can look like someone else’s art. We all want to be original but the fact is we are all seeing and getting inspired from the thousands of images we see. How original can we be? Recently I was working on a painting and saw how similar it...

Where to Find the Answer

Sometimes I get so caught up in trying to finish paintings, or the business aspect of my art, that I can lose track of what I actually am doing in my art. What is this art all about? Where is all this headed? I know that I am dead set on improving, and I am always...

The Secret for 2018

It seems like lately I’ve been busier than ever, and staying on top of it all without becoming stressed can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there’s a secret to being organized and happy, and I want to share it with you as we go into 2018. Watch the video...

Improving Your Art the Easy Way

I have noticed an interesting thing about how I learn and improve my art. I used to think the more time I spent painting – meaning the actual, physical time I spent working hard – was in direct proportion to how much my work improved. Over the years, working hard is...

Art and the Pursuit of Happiness

I was talking with a friend of mine yesterday and the discussion inevitably led to the topic of art, and what motivates us to create. The answer, we realized, is beautifully simple. Watch the video and let me know what you think – what inspires you in your work?...

3 Steps to Make Your Dreams Come True

If you have a dream, something you are passionate about achieving in your life, sometimes it can be reassuring to look back a few years. How did you previously accomplish something that is now present in your life that was at one time just a dream? I do this all the...

Tahitian Aqua

I wanted to share with you my recipe for this great tropical blue color I frequently use with my work. You can’t buy it in any store, so I thought it would be a perfect topic for the Sunday Vlog. Watch the video and let me know what you think – do you use...

What feels harder than making art?

One of the hardest things in my life I have ever done was become an artist. Like so many people, I had serious doubts. I saw my life hadn’t been one of any particular struggle. I believed great art had to come out of monumental struggle. A place of deep anguish....

The Clifford Wilton Ashland Museum Show

I visited my late father’s show at the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon, last weekend and I wanted to share this little recording I made with all of you. He was clearly a man of talent and skill, and it was amazing to be able to see all of his work in...

Why it’s Great to be an Artist

I get up super early these days and ride my bicycle to the studio. This time of year it is quite cold and almost dark when I start. There are not too many people up yet and sometimes I feel I shouldn’t be either. The cars that speedily pass me this early are most...

A Dog’s Dinner

Learning how to balance a painting’s composition can be difficult. If you add in too many marks, the piece can become crowded, making it difficult for the viewer to know where to focus. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution for this. Watch the video and...