Falling In Love

"Transcendence, My Toes Are Cold" by Dan Knepper40" x 30" - Oil FALLING IN LOVE lets you see the world through rose-colored glasses.  Your energy level rises. You’re a more positive person. It often brings new experiences and your ... Read More...

Finding Your Style

Art historians frequently talk about an artist’s “style” and it can seem as though the conventional western art history narrative is mostly about “style”. As a result, a lot of artists feel pressure to land upon a unique style as soon as ... Read More...

Exploring the Columbia River Gorge En Plein Air

Jenay Elder, Painting Mt. Hood from Draper Girl FarmJenay Elder, Painting Lilies at Trillium Lake Mt. Hood from Timberline Ski Lodge From tidepools to snow-capped mountains the Pacific Northwest is known for its diverse beauty and ... Read More...

Trying to Cut Some Losses (Clunkers)

"Yunnan Market" Value study"Aberdeen Harbor-Hong Kong" Color study  We all would love to have fewer paintings that just don’t seem to work for us.  I know I do. I’ve been drawing and painting for over 75 years and I certainly ... Read More...

OOPS. The Story of Painting Day #20

Finally more or less completed: "Triplets (Midnight Kitchen Series)" by Casey Cheuvront It was one of those days... and late nights. I'd had a packed, busy month, with lots of classes and events, getting home after 11:00 pm far more ... Read More...

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...

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...