A New Way To Paint

This year has definitely been one of changes for my art practice. For example, when it came to mixing color, I used to just make tiny little puddles. Now however, I’ve started mixing much more pigment at one time – almost enough to fill a bucket! This has...

Work Without Judgement

Recently I’ve been trying to adjust the way I start my paintings. Specifically, I’ve been postponing analyzing the marks I put down for as long as possible. By doing this, I’ve found that I am not only able to work faster, but also with greater...

My Favorite Tools

I thought I would take a moment to share with you some of the materials I use most often while painting. They’ve really helped improve my practice. What tools do you use while working? I would really like to...

Not One, But Six

I wanted to share with you a little about my painting process, and the importance of working on multiple pieces at once. Watch the video and let me know what you think. Do you work on several paintings at the same time? In gratitude,...

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?...

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...

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...

Take A Break

After working on a painting for about 3 hours, I find that the marks don’t come as easily, and it becomes more and more difficult to know where to go next. Fortunately I’ve discovered a little trick for getting around this issue. Watch the video to learn...

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...