Is your Art in Rhythm with you?

Are you finally getting in the rhythm with your Art? The fourth stage of Creative development is called Rhythm and it is when this occurs. Are you in this stage? And if you are how do you tell? There are 5 recognizable stages in creative development: Stage 1 AWAKENING...

The many ways your dream can come true.

The fantastic thing about making art is that there are no rules. There is no one-way, there isn’t even a hundred ways. There are infinite ways. And this is what is so expansive about the whole enterprise of art making. It has to be malleable. It has to be different...

When your art will become amazing.

  I recently did an interview with one of my favorite landscape painter Russell Chatham. There is always one question that I like to ask, especially when the artist is so seemingly far along in their art; when it appears that their art is so developed, so mature...

Jump.

 In life there is a point where the risk of not doing something feels worse than the risk of actually doing it. ‘It’ being a move towards the unknown, the unrehearsed or anything at all that feels just out of our reach. Making art is actually the practice of making,...

Find a good reason to not make your Art

There is always something that seems to come along practically every day that keeps you from doing your Art. I see it in workshops with people who have come so that they can have a free week to make art. Even though they are away from everything in their normal life,...

How do you know when you are done?

Sometimes it is not always clear when a particular piece of art is done. And because of that, sometimes, I just keep changing the art more and more till at some point the painting I had been trying to finish is now so different that it has become an entirely new...

HOW TO FEEL HAPPIER ABOUT YOUR ART

“Yellow” by Nathan Sawaya   I admit it. Sometimes, when my own Art frustrates me, I compare it to other artist’s work.  So many artists seem so much further along than me. Their work is stronger, they are more successful, and they all seem to have...

3 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR ART BIGGER AND BETTER

When you make a mediocre painting bigger it just gets more mediocre. I sure know this feeling and I don’t like it. However when you make something powerful AND it happens to be bigger then it can become breathtaking. Making art bigger than ourselves can be...

HOW TO SHIFT YOUR ART FROM GOOD TO GREAT

Michelangelo’s “David”   I think you know when something you have made surpasses Good and becomes Great. I know I do. It feels wonderful. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen all the time. How can you shift your work from Good to Great more often?...

HOW TO TITLE YOUR ART SO IT SELLS

“Tomboy” by Nicholas Wilton.   When someone is about to purchase your art they always look at it for a long time. They also look at the small white tag on the wall next to the art to see the title. They are looking for connection with your art. How...

5 WAYS TO NOT OVERWORK YOUR ART

The artist, Nicholas Wilton, with his dog, Maisy.   You loved how everything was going, you are on top of the world and then suddenly everything changes. You just went too far. If you had just stopped earlier….  Stopping is a very hard thing to do. This...

3 ANSWERS THAT STOP FEAR

Artwork by Joel Nakamura. http://www.joelnakamura.com/   Sometimes creating something new is just downright scary. Many people avoid doing things that haven’t been done before. The only problem is that if you are a “creative,” like me, then this is...

CREATE WHAT YOU DESIRE

Photograph: Armosa Studios.  I just returned from the World Domination Summit held in Portland, Oregon. This is a summit that explores how to create an unconventional life in a conventional world. Its key three core values are community, service and adventure. Many of...

SMALL STEPS

Accomplishing what we want is very challenging. Whether it is a book project, a series of paintings, a new website or any new creative challenge in our life, often the things that seem worth doing are multi-stePPed, unfamiliar and complicated. However one of the...

HELEN TRIPP

I just returned from the annual ArtLife Mentorship retreat which was held at the Gabilan Ranch in San Juan Bautista, Ca. There were about 20 artists there. We spent the time painting, discussing art practices, eating great food and even managed to squeeze in some...

CAN WE SEE YOU?

Are you ready to be seen? This seems like a pretty basic question but I am realizing that for many people the answer is not completely a yes. I am speaking of their Art, whatever that may be, but because your Art comes from you, it is actually quite a bit closer to...

THE WATER IS FINE

Above: Detail from “A Bigger Splash” by David Hockney, 1967 I have had numerous conversations this week with friends about how difficult it is to just simply let go of control. It is always hard to do so in life but especially in Art. Of course this is one...

LIMITING AND TRANSFORMING BELIEFS

Artists and Careers in Art Limiting Beliefs #1 You will be a starving artist. #2 You will not be successful till you have died, and even then this is unlikely. #3 You are a reclusive, uncommunicative person who generally stays inside. #4 A lifetime of angst is a...