Warm ups, a path
to the “Zone”

The “zone,” the moment when the artistic vision is met with complete engagement of all the senses: physical, mental and emotional. The moment when an artist is completely absorbed in concentration, there is a loss of self-consciousness, a ... Read More...

Put Yourself Out There!

As artists, we are forced to open up and put our inner thoughts and emotions into our artwork, then out on display for the whole world to see. A lot of times we get negative feedback, such as “It is with regret that we inform you that your ... Read More...

Tips for your Toolbox

I hope this blog finds you well and painting. Here are some tips for your tool box as you try to achieve the next level. For starters, we need to know what's wrong with your painting and how to correct it. There are two major problems, ... Read More...

Sketching With The Masters
At The Met

I’m taking a class from the New York Academy of Art called Master Copying Class at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Could anyone be a better teacher than a great master, despite, of course, being long dead? Fortunately, I also have a great ... Read More...

What DO YOUR Eyes See?

I see the world as big, abstract pieces. This painting and the colors in it are exactly how this backyard scene with a greenhouse looked to me. (Here is a photograph of the same scene). A little over a week ago I had cataracts ... Read More...

“Confidence” Should be a Tube of Paint

Real confidence only comes from study and practice.—Harley Brown As I’ve been preparing to paint lately, I’ve been thinking about how great it would be if “Confidence” were just a color I could squeeze out onto my palette. It would mix ... Read More...

MY REJECT CUPBOARD

I have a 'might be salvageable' cupboard where I keep a stack of paintings that didn't work for one reason or another. I like to play about with them when I have an odd hour here or there. Sometimes adjustments to the colour or values is ... Read More...

Representing Textual Paintings on Screen

There's always something lost when viewing a painting on a computer screen. There's nothing quite like the luminance of a well-executed physical painting under a bright light. A sculptural impasto work can seem particularly flat without ... Read More...

The Key to a Silky
Painting Panel

I’ll admit I’m quite a tinkerer when it comes to new gizmos to enhance my studio or painting experience. Over the years, innovative solutions have included making custom-sized palettes out of Corian in a perfect neutral gray color called ... Read More...