My Friend Greg LaRock OPA—How One Artist Influenced Many, for the Good

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands…so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.”    --1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Greg painting ... Read More...

Racing in the Dark

The Bird Watcher by © Lyn Boyer9" x 12" - Oil on linenOil Painters of America National Wet Paint Competition 2020 - Award of Merit Meet Bean, a diminutive black rescue dog with a randomly crooked smile. Bat Dog impersonator, she races ... Read More...

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...

Reflected Light

Detail from The Last Rose by Elise ZollerOil Edward Hopper once said, “There is a sort of elation about sunlight on the upper portion of a house”.  I would add – particularly a white house.  Because there is nothing white about ... Read More...

Cultivating the Creative Habit

Being creative is hard, being creative every day is a near impossible thing. I can sit in front of my canvas for what seems like hours unable to begin, completely distracted by the little things in life that we all have to deal with. ... Read More...

Color mixing inspired by the Munsell system

What is the Zorn palette? What did Sargent’s palette consist of? Artists have always been intrigued by palettes of other artists. Why is our palette so important? Our paint colors define and influence who we are as artists; in particular, ... Read More...

More Than Meets the Eye

Still Stirring (At 93) by Susan Patton 14" x 11" - Oil (This is my grandmother that I speak of.) Growing up, I remember walking a trail to my grandparents house that was “up the hill” from my house. I would let gravity take me down ... Read More...

“At Your Age…?!”

In Pink Light by Melanie Stokes20" x 20" - Oil Have you been to a doctor lately and heard the comment, “At your age…”?  I have.  It left me with a rather indignant feeling.  I didn’t really feel old.  When my ... Read More...

Art, the Meaning of Life, and Hummingbird Moths

Once, when I was still teaching art, the new principal asked my colleagues and me, about that, which gave us the most joy. I told him that there was nothing like a snow day. A whole day given, to do absolutely nothing more than what pleases ... Read More...