The Power of New

With every new body of work, I try to have one piece where I do the exact opposite of how I normally paint. It may seem a bit counter intuitive, but having a piece where I stay away from my normal routine helps me remain motivated. It injects a freshness into my...

Start by Starting

I am often asked how I begin a new piece. It’s a good question, and one that many artists, both experienced and otherwise, have difficulty answering. Lately however, I believe I’ve finally come to a satisfactory response. Watch the video and let me know...

A New Way to Mix Color

I’ve been using this new method for mixing color and I wanted to share it with all of you. It’s really helped me determine the color choices for my pieces. Watch the video and let me know what you think – how do you decide which colors to use in your...

How I Approach Commissions

I was recently commissioned to do a painting. Now, commissions bring a particular set of challenges to the table, but in the case of this most recent painting, there was an additional caveat: the client wanted the piece to look like an older painting of mine. Of...

My New Favorite Tools

Oil paint has always been a part of my practice, but recently I’ve been using drawing materials as well. The combination of these two mediums has led my work in some exciting new directions, and as such I thought I would take a moment to share what I use. Watch...

How To Break Through

Often times inviting change into one’s work is a deliberate process. Case in point is my current body of work: lately I’ve found that I am creating pieces that look too familiar to what came before, and as a whole they lack a certain freshness or...

Lyla’s Dance

I just moved, and in the process of going through all my things I came across an old painting of mine. I remember after completing the piece I thought it was quite good – I liked the composition, the colors, the brush strokes – I was very pleased with what...

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...

Full-Blown Pink

I have never been comfortable with using pink – it’s just not a color I understand. So, naturally, I decided to take a dive and started working on several large paintings made almost entirely of pink. Tackling this new subject in such an immersive,...

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...