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...

The Ideal Subject

"Sketch everything, and keep your curiosity fresh."   - John Singer Sargent "The more I paint, the more I like everything."    - Jean-Michel Basquiat As do you, I love to paint. I love nature, the experience of being outdoors. And I love ... Read More...

Elvis Has Left the Building

We’re inspired. Paint flies. Ideas run rampant and our only fear is one might escape before we get it on the canvas.  And then…nothing. Black nothingness. A post-apocalyptic wasteland. We’re left alone staring into our brain and see a ... Read More...

Reflections and Sky Holes

In choosing a subject to paint I often find I’m drawn to water. Of all the elements we find in the landscape it is the one that pulls at my creative heart. Perhaps it is because it is life-giving. Or maybe it’s the ever-changing ... Read More...