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...

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...

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...

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...

Live Preppy

Preppy was a term tossed around a few decades ago. It referred to the behavior of someone who went to a preparatory school.  Or, it could refer to a logo-laden dress code.  The word and the style fell from favor, but I’ve always liked the ... Read More...

On Craft and Art

Today we live in the midst of a revolution of art the likes of which the world has never seen. Through the overabundance of art instruction and marketing via social media and the internet, great masses of student artists have emerged. ... Read More...

Know Your Subject Well

When I first left the studio to pursue plein air several years ago I would look for a variety of subject. Real variety. In the course of events I might paint a winding road, a lone tree, a bicycle, two old men in a diner, a summer lake at ... Read More...

More Stuff I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Three years ago I wrote a blog about things I’ve learned over the last thirty years as an artist. These are things we may have heard in school or elsewhere, but, like Dorothy Gale, perhaps we may have just had to ‘learn it for ... Read More...