How On Earth Did I Get Interviewed by the New York Times? Here’s the Back Story.

After many years of selling through a local fine art gallery, sudden reality hit hard. The gallery closed its doors and cancer took the owner’s life. She had promoted my work and referred many clients for commission projects. Together we ... Read More...

Miscellaneous Thoughts in 2018

This is an exciting time! It seems like more people are spending money again. There are more artists than ever doing really fine work. There are more people studying painting than ever before. There are more competitions, associations, ... Read More...

Worst Painting Ever

A sketch has charm because of its truth – not because it is unfinished. ~ Charles Hawthorne A few years ago, I was painting along a roadside in Wisconsin for the Door County Plein Air Festival and, while focused intently on finishing ... Read More...

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...

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...