Contemplating on Gradation

Through the years I have been trying to follow my own counsel to fellow artists -- basically, “Paint when you can’t paint!” Here’s an excerpt from a handbook I wrote for my students back in 1997, when my youngest of three was eleven years ... Read More...

Making Draw Down Cards:

What They Can Teach You About Your Oil Paints   If you have been painting for a while you may have a large collection of paints in many assorted colors or even multiple tubes of the same color from different manufacturers! Draw ... Read More...

Art in Cuba and the Traveling Painter

There are no starving artists in Cuba. One reason for this is that each person receives food from the government each month: one quarter of a chicken, 5 eggs and 5 pounds each of rice, black beans and sugar. (Sugar is cheap in Cuba and ... Read More...

Fearlessly Finding Yourself

I was a “closet artist” for about 15 years. I had a number of excuses why I couldn’t officially launch my painting career. Family obligations topped my list. But if I had been brutally honest, fear was also a factor. Following are five ... Read More...

Is Representational Art Dead?

A look at representational art today My wife and I flew from our hometown of Denver, Colorado to attend the American Impressionist Society National Art show at the Trailside Gallery in Scottsdale. As a representational painter, I was ... Read More...

Dear Art Student

Art has long been discouraged as a career choice because parents grew hearing about the “starving artist” label and for good reason. It is simply not easy pursuing art as a career. However, if the artist can make it work where they can pay ... Read More...

A Few of My Favorite Things

It's not that I'm unimpressed by raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens. It's just that my favorite things are the things that help me simplify and strengthen my paintings. I have a handy bag that carries a few of my favorite things, ... 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...

Notan Sketch VS. iPhone 6

"Notan" is a Japanese term referring to exploring the harmony between light and dark. Artists use Notan sketches to explore the composition elements of a scene and the relationship of major shapes. A good Notan drawing simplifies a scene ... Read More...