Two Keys

You’ve spent your life hoping to learn the ‘secret’ to becoming a better artist – while being told there are no secrets. Well maybe not, but I have come to believe there are two ‘KEYS’ that can help you open the doors leading down that ... Read More...

For the Love of It

I have a deep love for painting, as I'm sure most of you do as well. It is that passion and sense of discovery that pushes me forward to paint for paintings sake. However, I have gone through struggles of self doubt. I find truth to this ... Read More...

Becoming A Better Realist Painter Through Abstraction

I’ve heard it said by more than a few realist artists that they have no connection to abstract art. It’s not their thing, they don’t get it, it’s not real art, etc. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I believe that some ... Read More...

Building Art Communities – Creating Collaborative Circles

I am fascinated by group dynamics and how being a part of a group can lead you to accomplish more, feel more connected, and be more successful. Why do groups of ordinary people create a performance far beyond the sum of their individual ... Read More...

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...