8 SECONDS

Pin this on your wall. It’s your license to learn. I’m giving you permission…right now… to slow down. We’ve become victims of speed. “How many paintings did YOU get done today??” A better question. What did you feel about the place you ... Read More...

Finding the Key for Creating a Series

A few months ago, pressure to create enough work for an upcoming solo show and several group shows meant I needed a lot of art in a hurry. I thought if I could work in a series the art would flow faster and have a cohesive look for my show. ... Read More...

It’s Not a Competition

I had a very interesting conversation last month with two aspiring artists, still in high school. Both were concerned about competing in an art world where, to their young eyes, all the art had already been made. Why try to make a Mona Lisa ... Read More...

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...