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...

The Value of Sensitivity

I just pulled an older piece of mine out from storage and was immediately struck by how similar the marks were in terms of value. Not that this is bad necessarily, but when compared with my more recent work, I quickly saw how this older piece was not as engaging. I...

Go Back To Move Forward

I’ve been working on this giant blue painting for some time, and while I like where it’s at currently, there’s still a long way to go before it’s finished. Watch the video and see how I start to shift the composition. Leave a comment and let me...

Finding the Value of your Art

There is this really cool shop in Portland that I accidentally wandered into last week. At first blush it just looks like a metal junk shop but peering in the window as I went past, I realized that this just wasn’t any old junk shop. This shop was only selling old...

For the Love of Line

One element that appears throughout my work is line – it’s such a simple concept and yet can add so much to a painting. Given that, I thought I would share with you my favorite tools for making lines. Watch the video and leave a comment. Do you find...

How to bring back the joy in your art.

It seems like wherever we are in our art making, we always want to be someplace better. Often, our art or our ability to make our art feels inadequate. And it doesn’t feel so good. The real problem, however, is that this discontent sometimes never goes away. If we are...

The Principle of Dimension

A few nights ago I had a handful of people over at my studio for a night of art making. My friend and sculptor Joe Brubaker brought a bunch of small wood pieces with him, and everyone had the option of glueing them to their paintings. Adding this dimensional element...

When you know

The tricky part in life is making the right decisions. Everyone struggles with this. Lately I feel like I have been not doing so well at making decisions. It is hard to know because what might, at first, feel like a mistake, maybe down the road, will feel right. I...

A Tapestry of Color and Space

I just started working on a diptych and have already put down a bunch of marks. While I’m pleased with what I have so far, the piece isn’t particularly harmonious – some colors and shapes are much more noticeable than others, and the overall effect...

The one thing you need.

Maybe you haven’t been able to make your art for 6 months and now feel disconnected from it. Maybe the last painting or sculpture you made wasn’t as good as you imagined. Maybe your last show wasn’t as successful as you had hoped. Even though these slightly...

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...

How to accomplish your dreams.

Do you ever feel like you know what you want to accomplish but get overwhelmed in the process? I do. Whether I have given myself a goal of making a whole new series of paintings or dreaming of doing a workshop in Morocco. It doesn’t matter what the thing(s) is I am...

The Bold and the Subtle

I was working on a painting today and was having a bit of difficultly figuring out where to go next…and then the solution hit me! Click on the image to watch the video and let me know what you think – how do you get past potential roadblocks in your art?...

Mindset Over Matter

I just returned from a 3 day conference that focused on entrepreneurs and people starting small business. While there I had several realizations that are proving to be major game changers for my art practice, and now I’d like to share them with you. Watch the...

How to bring back the joy in your art.

It seems like wherever we are in our art making, we always want to be someplace better. Often, our art or our ability to make our art feels inadequate. And it doesn’t feel so good. The real problem, however, is that this discontent sometimes never goes away. If we are...

The Stages of Learning

In my efforts to become a better teacher, I’ve been doing a fair amount of reading on how people learn. What I’ve discovered is that there are basically 4 stages of learning, each of which presents their own challenges and opportunities. Which stage are...

Stay in the Driver’s Seat

I’ve recently had a change in how I think about my work when it is not going as well as I want it to. This change has helped me regain control of my creative process and has made it so much easier to paint. Take a moment to watch the video, and let me know how...

Focus On Your Work, And The Rest Will Follow

As artists, there are always distractions; maybe your work is not progressing how you would like it to, or perhaps your show didn’t go as well as you expected – what is important to remember is that in the end it all comes down to your work. As long as you...

Get Yourself Unstuck

Sometimes you just get stuck. You are painting along fine and then you reach a point where you don’t know what to do. It might be because you have fallen in love and have lost objectivity. It might because the color is off somehow. But usually you stop and pullover...