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...

Differences. This changes everything.

The big idea behind  all my teaching is “differences.” It is the key to solving most art problems and in many ways, life problems too. We all crave feeling alive. And what gives us this sense is when we experience things we haven’t before.  Things that are...

Did you forget this?

Just thinking about being creative, can feel hard. Finding the time and space to make art can even feel like a chore. But it doesn’t have to. Today I am talking about some hacks to get you back into your art without the usual pain and procrastination. Watch the video...

Do you love that ugly stage in your art?

I am pretty sure you are art goes through the same ugly stage as mine does. I hear from so many artists how much they hate this part of the process. Today I want to talk about this dreaded stage and maybe why it is not so bad after all. Watch the video below: There...

Do less so you can do more.

Do you ever feel like you are trying too hard when you are making your art? I know I have felt this way. It can feel like you are crawling through the desert on your knees. But it doesn’t have to. This reason this sometimes happens is because you are trying too many...

I avoid Carnivals. Art changed that.

Artists have a way of seeing things differently. It is what we do. When someone experiences your art they get a glimpse of a brand new world. Art brings wonder to our lives. It moves us. It opens us. I feel this every time I see potent art. This just happened when my...

How much difference is too much?

Today I am sharing the one cool thing I learned in making this painting. It just might help you too. It has to do with my favorite subject when talking about art making. Differences. When we experience things that are different from one another, it makes us feel...

Having no time can improve your art. See how.

Making art can be hard. But finding time to make it is harder. This is the number one challenge that stops most artists from making steady progress. I have especially been feeling this lately because of the holidays. Both my daughters are in town. There are more year...

Want stronger art? Here is how.

I am going to share something different today. I only explain during our 12 week CVP program. It is an advanced concept but I will try and keep it simple. OK here it is: In order for the viewer to really see and feel your art, it is helpful for you to choose the one...

Create wonder in your Art

All the work I love has one thing in common. It moves me. It can even take my breath away. But why? Over the years, I have thought a lot about this. Now I know it is because of one essential ingredient. And this is what I am talking about in this week’s video....

What makes being an artist great

Hi there, We are all familiar with the hard parts of being an artist. But today, since this is a season of gratitude, I thought I would talk about what I love about artists. First off, I am so thankful I am one. However, it is easier to recognize the characteristics I...

Want to improve your art? Share it.

Making art can be hard. But sharing it with others sometimes can be even harder. I think this is because, for some reason, we feel we have to be perfect. But this notion holds us back. And it certainly can stop us from sharing. Sharing, however,  is the very thing...

Russell Chatham 1939 – 2019

Last Sunday, the extraordinary landscape painter, Russell Chatham passed. He was a writer, avid fly fisherman, and naturalist. But above all else, he was a painter. He grew up in California painting the wild, untamed places of Northern California. He developed his art...

Hard to start your art back up? Try this.

Yep. This is one of the biggest challenges most artists struggle with… Starting your art again. It is so easy to lose the rhythm of making art. Sometimes it is a big life thing that gets in the way. It can even be a vacation. What about that friend who comes, visits...

Maybe you are not an artist?

Do you ever have the thought that maybe you can’t pull off making your art? Or even worse, that you are not an artist after all? I know I have. I hear a lot about this challenge from other artists. But you know what? These limiting beliefs don’t have to occupy any...

Is your art and life aligned?

Do you see a lot of different directions when you look at the arc of your art? Sometimes this can make us feel scattered and unsure about where exactly we want to put our creative energy. This was the case for me. Of course I love doing so many different kinds of...

Do you have too many directions for your art?

Do you feel overwhelmed with too many directions to take your art? The problem for me is that practically all of them seem like good directions. And probably, most of them are. But that isn’t the problem. The problem, at least from my experience, comes when we are...

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...