Boats Should Look Like They Will Float

When I was learning to paint, living where I do on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, boats of all sorts were a readily available subject. I ended up painting a lot of boats. I have always been drawn to the water and boats were an excuse to ... Read More...

Liberating Principles

"Pumpkin" by Megan A. Lewis I’m not a naturally patient person. I tend to want to skip the hard part and get to the results, but learning to make good paintings is a process that takes time. Beginners are often surprised by how difficult ... Read More...

A Symphony In Greys

I have always been fascinated by the sparkling sensation I sense from viewing the strong greys of granite, especially in sunlight, they contrast so beautifully with the rich dark greys found in the shadow areas. For me, it’s a symphony in ... Read More...

Inspiration, Imagination, and Motivated Action – A Process for the New Year

We want to be alive, energized, and excited about life and our growth as an artist. Is there a process based on current psychological science that makes it easier to attain and sustain higher energy in our lives and our art? Are there ways ... Read More...

Think Snow: 6 Painting Lessons from the Ski Trails

There’s not much I love doing more than painting, but cross-country skiing comes close. There are many beautiful days in the winter when I‘m torn between either painting or skiing, wishing for more hours of daylight to get them both in. ... Read More...

How to Mix Realistic Skin Colors and Avoid the Chalky or Muddy Look

Mixing skin colors can be challenging. Flesh often contains hints of every color of the rainbow! Plus, it’s easy for skin tones to become “chalky” or “muddy.” In this article, I’ll share information to help you mix realistic, lively flesh ... Read More...

What it Means to be an Artist

When I started this journey of being an artist, I didn’t realize how many different kinds of artists or artist markets exist.  I am not talking about styles of art, realism verse abstractionism or folk verses traditional.  I mean artists ... Read More...

Art to Elders – A Work of Love

For the past ten years, I have been working with a most interesting population of individuals. They have offered me a wealth of wisdom, from their stories to their habits, from their aches and pains to their memory loss. That group of ... Read More...

The Necessity of Story

I've spent a good bit of time breaking down the components of painting in order to become more thoughtful about my work and to help others do the same. To my way of thinking, the intent of the work is the number one consideration in any ... Read More...

Some Thoughts About Using Photography

This year I was asked what my thoughts are about painting from photographs and if this is a practice I use. There is much I can write about, and I will start with……. Yes, I paint from photographs. But the painting does not look like the ... Read More...