Different Strokes for
Different People!

I bet you thought I was going to say “Different Folks"! Well, that’s my point! You can, and should be different, folks! No one wants to see a second rate Sargent or Sorolla. People want to see who YOU are in YOUR work. I’d be willing to ... Read More...

Paint Masses Not Grasses!

Perhaps one of the more perplexing problems for new and developing landscape artists is how to effectively depict grasses. It's easy for grasses to come out looking contrived or worse, like a bad hair transplant. I know, cuz I've been ... Read More...

Choosing a New Direction

One of the biggest lessons I’ve been learning lately as an artist is to be patient with myself and the process. While patience often comes naturally with age and experience, it can also be developed intentionally in your art by forcing ... Read More...

Dear Harlan,

Buddy is the husband of oil painter, Kathie Odom. His habits include letter-writing, talking about himself in third-person and over-using hyphens. Sometimes I find it hard to gather words sufficiently. But I decided long ago not to let ... Read More...

Interview and Workshop
with artist Linda Richichi

Unleash your creative spirit to its fullest potential through Active Meditation/ Doodling I met Linda Richichi at her solo show at the Cultural Center in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and was captivated by her paintings and her interest in ... Read More...

Fences and Grasses….

Think of this.....Simple shapes of value, different sizes and edges of various softness between them. Lined up side by side, top to bottom, they form the visual image that we perceive as a "thing". In the early sections of my teaching ... 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...

My Favorite Thing – An Oversized Palette Table

My favorite thing is an oversize palette table that sits in front of my studio easel. It is a 2 x 4 foot table covered with a sheet of glass of equal size. It is a tool that has transformed how I work and, as a consequence, the very ... Read More...

Where did all the color go?

Last summer I received a personal invitation to participate in a museum show. I of course agreed. It only took two months after the invitation to work myself into a corner. This was to be a themed show: submit a larger studio work ... Read More...

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...