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...

Confessions of an Unartistic Father-In-Law

My son-in-law is Jason Sacran. That simple fact constitutes my one and only real connection to the art world. What follows are the confessions of a man who has had art thrust upon him, and has lived to tell about it. I am not an artist. ... Read More...

Strengthening Depth Using the “Radiating Line”

I think we’re all suckers for one thing or another in painting. That tantalizing scene that we’re drawn to over and over even when we know we should be “trying something new” or “pushing ourselves”. For me it’s the “Radiating Line” ... Read More...

Just Do It!

‘Learn technique; have full command to the extent of not being conscious of how it is done. When craftsmanship has been developed, you are free to create... technique will give way to expression!” (Sergei Bongart) The doorway to ... 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...

The Deadline Is Coming.
Are You Ready?

The deadline I'm referring to is the last date to enter OPA's competition for the 27th National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils to be hosted by the Steamboat Art Museum in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The focus in the jurying process ... 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...

The Most Important Step to Painting is Drawing

To be a good figure painter you should know how to draw.  My teacher Sergei Bongart would tell students to go home if they couldn't draw and to not come back until they could.  After they learned to draw they were allowed to paint. I ... Read More...

Observing in Airports

Drawing under a little bit of pressure is one of my favorite things. Get the gesture fast because that person is going to leave or move! It is a skill that enhances studio work greatly! However, here is something I've noticed over years of ... Read More...