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...

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...

Observing in Airports

Drawing under a little bit of pressure is one of my favorite things. Get the gesture fast because that person is going to leave or move! It is a skill that enhances studio work greatly! However, here is something I've noticed over years of ... Read More...

When the ship is sinking…
what would You save?

When faced with a disaster, what would you save? Who hasn’t considered this classic rhetorical question? What would you rescue as you ran out the door in an emergency?  Obviously the people and pets. But then it gets harder, and personal.  ... Read More...

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...

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...