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...

Working Through Creative Blocks and Growth as an Artist

At various times in my life, I’ve struggled with artist’s block...those times when your spirit wants to paint, but obstacles are getting in the way. For me, it’s usually accompanied by frustration. At one point, when my personal and ... Read More...

Successful Air Travel With Minimal Art Supplies

Fear of how to fly with art supplies, especially internationally, can prevent artists from enjoying the joy of plein air painting in wonderful places. Concerns of TSA confrontations, paint confiscation, or hefty fees for overweight luggage ... Read More...

The 2017 National OPA Convention in Cincinnati

Why Every OPA Artist Should Attend This Event If I may borrow from actor George Takei: “Oh My!” I never expected to see John Michel Carter, Kathryn Beligratis, Bill Whitaker, or Suzie Baker together in a conga line – or myself for ... Read More...

Failure and the Power of Believing.

Failure; This is a word that makes people cringe and we all try to avoid the dreaded act. Our society is built on those who succeed and those who fell short and failed. Yet failure is part of the journey to becoming a better artist. Be ... Read More...