Artists as Documentarians and Conservationists

Landscape and wildlife painters today and throughout history have been responsible for awareness and change as explorers, documentarians, and conservationists. For instance, the idea of our National Parks is largely credited to artists and ... Read More...

My Favorite Things

So here is one of my absolute favorite things... my "wine glass holder" ($15.00) from Open Box M (openboxm.com). I have had them overnight these for me when I lose one! No. I am not that desperate for wine. Most of us have been through ... Read More...

Resolutions That Stick

WOW, I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a bit “over-stuffed” with holiday cheer right now. It’s that time of year again, when most of us resolve to make a change for the better. My resolutions? Oh, I am always trying to lose the added ... Read More...

My Favorite Thing – Lori Putnam

Solvent Free Gel by Gamblin Artist Colors is one of my very favorite things. It is odorless, CLEAR, and thick enough to hold a good heavy paint stroke. It loads well on the brush and I love the way the paint feels when I lay it on the ... Read More...

Career Building Advice for Any Level

First of all I would like to start out by making it very clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an artist who chooses NOT to turn making art into a “career.” It in no way makes them less of an artist; it only means they are not ... Read More...

The Art of Gradation

One of the more overlooked technical devices in creating a painting with sophisticated interest, is gradation. Although it is easy to think of gradation in terms of color or value, by extending your gradation vocabulary in all aspects of ... Read More...

Taking Flight: Tips for the Winged-Artist

"How do you pack when you are taking a trip to Europe?" I get asked that a lot. My first thought is always, "The same way I pack for (readers, insert your favorite U.S. painting destination here.) I'm not sure what it is about going over a ... Read More...