The Role of Color Temperature in Painting

When I wrote my book on painting with a concept, I listed five key elements for creating a  workable, harmonious painting: Values, Edges, Paint Quality (integrity of the paint), Agent  (you as the painter guiding the work), and ... Read More...

How Do Your Paintings Sound?

Leveraging All of Your Senses to Create More Impactful Paintings The importance of a strong composition is well known to painters. Once a good design is selected, we make choices and adjustments using our toolbox of techniques to create ... 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...

Making The Most Of Your Art Studio Space

Do you wish your studio space were more functional? Do you want to paint more comfortably? Do you have limited space and wish to utilize as much of your available space as possible? I have found some fantastic ideas for my art studio space ... Read More...

Indispensible Art Book

When I attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, my life-drawing instructor, the legendary Bill Parks, often spoke of Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis. In fact, one time he even said, “All I try to teach is what’s in that ... Read More...

Continuing The Learning Process…

"Leaf On The Vine" by Yolande McAlevey 16" x 16”  - Oil Whether you are an accomplished artist or a beginner, the journey of each individual artist always includes growth and personal challenge. Master’s in the field of painting ... Read More...

What Geology Taught Me About Painting

Besides being an artist, I am also currently a geology student at the University of Texas at Austin. I have realized much of the skills used in geology have applications in art. Here I wish to break down how all of us can learn from the ... Read More...

Why Do We Like It?

Often we’ll hear someone declare “I just loooove that painting.” But do you ever listen to why they’re drawn to a particular piece?   I do -- frequently. Because I come right out and ask “Why do you like it?” In galleries, ... Read More...

Geeking out on Studio Lights

Prior to becoming a full-time artist I spent 12 years as a Digital Imaging Technician for a professional photo lab. It explains, at least in part, how I can get excited about things like matching the temperature of my studio lights to the ... Read More...

Taking Care of the Artist: Improved Awareness and Self-Care – Focus on Hands and Wrists

After a session of painting in the studio or en plein air, do you find yourself questioning why your back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand are uncomfortable or painful? Does the pain last for more than an hour?  Does it interfere ... Read More...