Bittersweet

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You know, life is just that way. I guess the title for this post could be many common expressions: the glass is half full, two sides to the coin, etc. Trite but true. It's about perspective. Choices. Focus. Discipline. As artists, we ... Read More...

The Best Therapy

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If your life is at all like mine then you sometimes feel like a juggler. Working on marketing efforts, following through on commitments to gallery and portrait clients, preparing to travel, being away, and getting home and back into the ... Read More...

Painting from Memory

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You’re driving down the highway, perhaps through the hills of west Texas (where I live) and the sun is just beginning to take its bow for the day. Imagine the scene. Just over the next hill you see the most gorgeous group of trees with the ... Read More...

Dispelling Negativity

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“That’s not real art.” “When are you going to change your style?” “You have a ways to go…” “I’m not impressed with your understanding of art.” Have you ever been told these things before? I have. And like most artists, I am ... Read More...

Painting Plein Air Safely

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Beyond packing plenty to drink, a midday snack and lots of sunscreen, painting en plein air can go from a beautiful day with Mother Nature to a fight for your life if certain precautions aren't taken before throwing on the back pack and ... Read More...

The Benefits of Painting from Life and from Photos

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When I began to think about the topic of working from photos or working from life, I thought back to when I first began painting. At that time I was focused on recording all the details I could. I had very little thought of how my paintings ... Read More...

Elements of Style

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A question that invariably is asked by students or observers during a workshop or demo is “How do I develop a style?” A comment I often hear from fellow artists at shows, galleries and museums is “I would recognize his/her style anywhere.” ... Read More...

More than Ordinary

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In Robert Henri’s classic book “The Art Spirit,” he speaks of “more than ordinary moments of existence." A spontaneous trip to Madrid with my artist friend Jim Aplin led to such a moment. Actually it was a series of moments over a period ... Read More...

The Art of Gradation

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One of the more overlooked technical devices in creating a painting with sophisticated interest, is gradation. Although it is easy to think of gradation in terms of color or value, by extending your gradation vocabulary in all aspects of ... Read More...

On Workshops – Can’t get there? Bring ’em here!

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So many great artists, so many great places to see them, just not possible? Bring them to you! If you're like me, and most artists I know, you dream of going away to a workshop to immerse yourself for a week (or more) coming back full ... Read More...