A Hardy Breed that Braves Challenging Weather

In mid-March for the past three years, I have taken a painting trip to Vermont to paint en plein air. This week, just a couple days after the start of spring, I made my journey north from Lancaster PA to Grafton VT. It’s artist Charlie ... Read More...

Focused Practice /
Practicing with Intent

In order to hone our craft as artists, we all know the value of practicing. However it's apparent to me that applying paint “just to apply paint” doesn't cut it. I like to determine the focal area of a painting before getting started and I ... Read More...

TRAVELS WITH A WORKSHOPAHOLIC: FOUR DAYS WITH DENNIS PERRIN

A prolific painter and inspiring teacher, Dennis Perrin is a transplanted southerner living and working in an idyllic setting in Maine with his wife Aimee. Dennis has been called an American Impressionist in the Boston School tradition, ... Read More...

An Interview With Master Ned Mueller

Ned is a designated "Master with both the Oil Painters of America and The American Impressionist Society," and is this year's Distinguished Artist at Oil Painters of America National Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio, this coming May. "Ned ... Read More...

THE TRICKY BUSINESS OF ART

I've been an artist since I was a child. I never knew how not to do it, but being an artist is not the same as being a professional artist. I embarked on this around 2006 or 7. I started to realize that it was my time to do what I had ... Read More...

“KWAK AND LUG”

The first artist (let’s call him ‘Kwak’) faced the first dilemma: “How do I price my work?” Kwak was a natty little Neanderthal, not much good at physical labor (and before anyone shakes a spear at us, we recognize those researchers who ... Read More...

How is Art Like Surfing?

Have you ever witnessed a popular surfing spot? It makes a great object lesson. Surfers paddle two or three hundred yards out against the tide to get to the perfect spot. While some are struggling to swim, others have caught the big wave. ... 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...

Getting Your Work Out There – Tips on Entering Juried Shows

Why Enter Juried Shows Anyway? There are juried art shows out there for all experience and skill levels. Entering a juried show can take some courage, as not everyone who submits work will have their work accepted. Knowing and accepting ... Read More...

Getting Outside Support – “Finding A Jen”

"Everyone needs A Jen" I have heard from artists countless times... "So......who is A Jen and why do these artists want one?" A Jen is someone who does whatever she/he can to take work off your plate so you have more time with a ... Read More...