Making Your Creative Space Work for You

When we moved to Silicon Valley for my husband’s medical residency in 2014, our family of five could barely afford our two bedroom, 900 sq ft apartment. I was raising three kids five and under in an unfamiliar city while my husband ... Read More...

Tips From My Personal Notebook on Becoming The Artist I Want To Be

Yellow Roses with Pears by J Kamin Moving to California in 1985 marked the beginning of my serious pursuit of becoming an artist. A real turning point came when I met David Leffel OPAM. I had initially met him in New York City years ... Read More...

Having the Guts

I grew up in Crested Butte, a very small town in Western Colorado. During my childhood, the local coal mines were closing and the world-class ski resort that exists today had not yet been established. Only around 100 people called the town ... Read More...

A Simple Lesson

I’m relatively new as a studio and plein air painter, but I have over 40 years experience as a graphic designer and illustrator. I was a graphic designer for five years before attending the Illustrators Workshop in 1979. It was there I made ... Read More...

Facts and Figures- Looking at Corot

Corot - The Painter in Us All - Reflections on the Master of Land and Body - By Brian Keeler I managed to make it to the show of the work of Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC just ... Read More...

PURSUING GRACE, The Painting’s Story

BIRTH OF A PAINTING "Pursuing Grace " by Myron Sahlberg 12" x 9" - Oil on linen  In the hope of being helpful to those who wonder how a painting develops from start to finish, I would like to share the backstory on this little ... Read More...

In Light of Identity

Vincent Van Gogh in the city of Arles, David Hockney in California, and Claude Monet’s extensive working excursions to the French and Italian Riviera are just a few examples of many artists who, let’s face it, were in desperate need for ... Read More...

Colors for “Cherished”

"Cherished" by Susan Patton 30" x 30" - Oil on Linen I chose to paint this piece because of the dramatic nature of the composition, the lighting, and the color. The composition would be like none other I had ever painted before- full of ... Read More...

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...