Staying Healthy, (Relatively) Sane, and Growing During the Pandemic

In early March, many of us were probably asking ourselves a similar question: “How do I keep producing art and growing while in the midst of a pandemic?”  I’ll be sharing a bit about how I answered this question and I hope it will be ... Read More...

Beyond Literalism

"Eggs with Oranges" by M Kathryn Massey OPAOil After a difficult divorce in 2007,  I re-dedicated my focus on a book I began back in 2005.  "Beyond Paint:  A Guide to Conceptual Painting" had rambled around in my ... Read More...

Abstract Design and Realism

Question: Hey Albert, I watched you demonstrate and I was amazed, are you getting abstract or what? Well that’s a good question. Sometimes I wonder myself. I always had a good feeling for the design and shapes that make up the ... Read More...

Cocoons – Artists Chrysalis

As artists, many of us are shaking our heads and wondering why we haven’t been painting during this time of “lock down” and isolation.  We thought about it, had the time, but just didn’t have the will or energy to pick up the brush ... Read More...

Painting and Parenting

Many people with young children wonder if they can paint at home while their children are still young and not in school. The answer is yes! I questioned whether it could be done and doubted my efforts initially. I would tell myself one day, ... Read More...

Sources of Inspiration

Every artist has that defining moment in their life when for whatever reason they feel a need to express themselves, and most have a lingering memory of how it all started. For me, it all began with a lighthouse.  “Point Loma Lighthouse” ... Read More...

Welcome to Ground Hog Day

Some years ago I went through a period where a recurring element not only kept re-appearing in my paintings but would re-appear in pretty much the same location. It was utterly unconscious - and a bit disturbing - a glitch in the Matrix. It ... Read More...

A Representational Painters’ Manifesto

Quickly, in one sentence, what is representational painting? Keep it short. It’s not so easy, is it? Sure, we know what it is. We’ve been painting this way for years. There are over 3,500 of us in this organization and we have all ... Read More...

Intention vs. Inspiration

Early in the fall when life was humming along normally, I had some well-educated and well-connected women tour my studio. One of the women raised her hand to ask a question. She said, “I don’t know much about art, but I would like to know ... Read More...

Not motivated to paint? Tell your story.

The first couple of weeks were okay, right? In fact, you probably said, “Hey, I’m an artist! My life hasn’t changed that much, in fact, it’s better now that I don’t have to put on pants or go anywhere!” You painted every day in an ... Read More...