Truth, Passion, Variety

“…Show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak – and speak in such a way that people will remember it.” - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "House of Light II" by Rick J. Delanty36" x ... Read More...

On The Road Again…

One of the first things I hear from new social media friends is, ‘Wow, you really get around!’ I’m absolutely sure they mean this in the kindest possible way and are referring to how much I post about my travels on the road. Yes, I’m a ... Read More...

Revealing Your True Self Through Subject, Palette, and Mark-Making

"Because of the Rains" by Martha Cowan Shouldn't it be the goal of painters to reveal themselves in their work? To be known because of their work? And by that I don't mean to be famous, (like "Look at me! I'm so great and everyone knows ... Read More...

Atmospheric Perspective & Mass

"Grain Fields and Poppies" by Edwin KaytonPhotograph of the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany On a clear day we may be able to “see forever,” but as we see in this summer photo of the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, the haze of earth’s atmosphere has a ... Read More...

Explode Your Fan Base Through Media Exposure

How did Ashley Longshore get 217,000 Instagram followers? How did Zaria Forman land 111,600 Facebook followers? These are the kinds of questions that keep me awake at night, and I try to use reverse engineering to answer them. I’m ... Read More...

Facing Your Fears as a Plein Air Painter

Overcoming Plein Air Obstacles I love plein air painting. Painting outdoors is such a special experience because of our unique engagement with the environment. Here we are with our panel, some colors, and our brushes, trying to convey ... Read More...

Through Knowledge Comes Confidence

In the art world, one should paint what you are connected to. I live in California outside of Oakland but I have my family roots in Vermont. The light in California, especially where I live is sunny just outside the fog belt. Sunny days in ... Read More...

Listening – Thinking – Speaking – Leading: How do these skills relate to the artist’s life?

How would you rate your listening skills?  Do you struggle with communicating with art buyers or gallery directors? Are you involved in leadership in an art-related organization? When asked to speak to a group about your art, how ... Read More...

Intelligent Design

"Just Wetting A Line" by Robert J. Simone16" x 16" - Oil on linen Design, noun, 2) the purpose, planning or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind an action, fact or material object.  In this post, I want to say a ... Read More...

Figure Painting Techniques for Trees

I painted my first tree at age 12 and continued to paint landscapes for the next few decades.  But I have never liked my trees.  Eventually, I switched to figurative work although I love plein air painting.  I still do not like my trees.  I ... Read More...