Are you ready for a studio?

Are you ready for a studio?

Hi there, is it time to get a studio? Most everyone wants an art studio, but not everyone knows when. And that is what today’s video is all about. Getting a new studio is one of the most significant factors in improving your art. There is one reason why. Objectivity....
How I know what to do next in my art

How I know what to do next in my art

Hi there, Today I thought I would talk about how I figure out what to do next in my art. Of course, every painting is different. However, the thought process, at least for me, is the same. And that is what I want to share with you today. Have a look here as I talk...
The disruption continues…

The disruption continues…

Today we are diving a little deeper into “Disrupted Realism,” both the concept and the book. I am talking again (see last week’s vlog by clicking here) with John Seed, author of the new art book “Disrupted Realism.” I think the idea of “interruption” resonates because...
Disrupt your Art

Disrupt your Art

Today we are talking about how to make your art more like you. I love helping artists develop their own unique voice. That takes time and is hard, but it is especially so if your art is realistic. John’s book is about the contemporary movement in the art world called,...
This will grow your Art

This will grow your Art

I think we are all slowing down. Many of us are getting a little more time to make art. But many are doing something else. They are planting gardens. I know this is true for me. I was drawn to gardening because I was so sick of being inside. So I planted a couple...
Answer this and your art will take off

Answer this and your art will take off

What do I do now? This is the burning question I hear from artists more than any other. We ask teachers, artists, friends and just about anyone who might have a clue. But this question is not best answered by others. It is answered by you. And that’s what...
This will change you and your art

This will change you and your art

Ever notice you become bored in your art and life if things stays the same for too long? We feel alive when something different shows up. It happens when the sun shines after a week of overcast days. It can happen by adding a bright pink color to a drab grey painting,...
Paintbrushes? Who needs them…

Paintbrushes? Who needs them…

My recent work has been made without paint brushes. For me, it makes better art. Is this the case for you? Check out this week’s video to see why… That is what today’s video is all about. Click on the video below to watch. It has to do with control. I discovered...
What can you use again?

What can you use again?

This time is partly about managing with less. Less driving, less shopping and less social engagements. Interestingly, it actually doesn’t feel like less. My days feel more calm. I am noticing and discovering more. It is affecting my art, too. I am even finding and...
How do you find your wild side?

How do you find your wild side?

Ok, so we are stuck inside. Our lives are becoming more predictable. You might be settling into routines. But not all of our life needs to become this way. Your art can become a place of adventure. Unpredictability and wildness can run free in your art practice. And...
What is blue for you?

What is blue for you?

I almost became a marine biologist. It didn’t take too long to realize, however, that the part of the marine world I loved was its appearance. It wasn’t so much about the science. I just was absolutely mesmerized by the colors of the undersea world. So I figured I...
Your art family…

Your art family…

I remember the first time my father complimented something I made. I never forgot it. It gave me the confidence to choose a life that had art as its centerpoint. The motivational speaker Jim Rohn has famously said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the...
Look at what we are cooking up…

Look at what we are cooking up…

Since this all began I am making less art. But I am cooking way more. Making a big pot of soup somehow feels reassuring. As I was chopping onions the other day, I got to thinking how actually, making art is not so different from making food. Both nourish the body,...
From my kitchen table to yours…

From my kitchen table to yours…

I am sitting at my kitchen table and I just made this video with my phone. Right now, I have very limited access to my studio. Like you, I can’t do many of the things I love right now. The hardest part is that I am mostly by myself. Everything feels uncertain. However...
That fear in making art

That fear in making art

In my studio there is a very large, 8’ x 8’ blank canvas. I am a little nervous about starting because it is so big. I have never made a painting this size before. So of course it is going to be a little scary. Fear always seems to come bundled with taking bigger...
Where the edges meet

Where the edges meet

Hi there, Melissa Chandon’s art is so different than mine. And that might be why it interests me so much. We got to talking about the edges in her art and I thought you might find it helpful. There are so many decisions in paintings, but possibly the most important...
Finding this could totally change everything

Finding this could totally change everything

Hi there, our art is only as good as we are. In other words, it is important to keep a steady stream of inspiring input coming in so what is going out, our art, is inspiring too. So how do we do that? Here is an example I couldn’t resist sharing. Aondrea Maynard, a...
3 Questions to Clarify your Art

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...