Finding the Key for
Creating a Series

A few months ago, pressure to create enough work for an upcoming solo show and several group shows meant I needed a lot of art in a hurry. I thought if I could work in a series the art would flow faster and have a cohesive look for my show. ... Read More...

It’s Not a Competition

I had a very interesting conversation last month with two aspiring artists, still in high school. Both were concerned about competing in an art world where, to their young eyes, all the art had already been made. Why try to make a Mona Lisa ... Read More...

Outdoor Painting

I am fortunate to have been given, several years ago, some 50-70 year-old American Artist magazines. Browsing through one of them recently, I came across an article about direct painting...meaning, paintings created directly from life or ... Read More...

Snow Cones and Grits

Sometimes it seems that painters look for answers anywhere except from where they can most readily find the truth... personal observation. I get loads of emails asking about everything, literally, from what kind of brushes I use to where to ... Read More...

Choosing a New Direction

One of the biggest lessons I’ve been learning lately as an artist is to be patient with myself and the process. While patience often comes naturally with age and experience, it can also be developed intentionally in your art by forcing ... Read More...

Dear Harlan,

Buddy is the husband of oil painter, Kathie Odom. His habits include letter-writing, talking about himself in third-person and over-using hyphens. Sometimes I find it hard to gather words sufficiently. But I decided long ago not to let ... Read More...

Confessions of an Unartistic Father-In-Law

My son-in-law is Jason Sacran. That simple fact constitutes my one and only real connection to the art world. What follows are the confessions of a man who has had art thrust upon him, and has lived to tell about it. I am not an artist. ... Read More...

Strengthening Depth Using the “Radiating Line”

I think we’re all suckers for one thing or another in painting. That tantalizing scene that we’re drawn to over and over even when we know we should be “trying something new” or “pushing ourselves”. For me it’s the “Radiating Line” ... Read More...

Just Do It!

‘Learn technique; have full command to the extent of not being conscious of how it is done. When craftsmanship has been developed, you are free to create... technique will give way to expression!” (Sergei Bongart) The doorway to ... Read More...

Interview and Workshop
with artist Linda Richichi

Unleash your creative spirit to its fullest potential through Active Meditation/ Doodling I met Linda Richichi at her solo show at the Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and was captivated by her paintings and her interest in ... Read More...