Painting Winter Landscapes

Every winter I have to remind myself that artists don’t need to be on a perfect sunny sea shore to paint a beautiful landscape painting full of light and emotion. In fact, I would argue that some of the most beautiful landscape paintings ... Read More...

Road Trip to Utah

This past September, my mother, dog and I decided to take a road trip to Utah to visit the National Parks. After 3 days of driving, we arrived in Moab on Monday night.  Our first stop, Arches National Park. Natural sandstone arches and ... Read More...

Find The Spark

"Primrose Path" by Karen Burnette Garner What motivates us to do the things we do?  For some, it is a pursuit of money, for survival to excess.  Some seek recognition, to make their presence stand out from the crowd of humanity.  For ... Read More...

Curiosity, Crumbs and a Cat

How are you feeling today? Tired? Inspired? Brave? Beaten? As a painter, are the voices in your head your piper or your punisher? Curiosity is seriously cool… “Curiosity killed the cat!” So, did curiosity actually kill the cat? Not ... Read More...

Looking for the Unique

"Sunlight and Shadow" by Ned Mueller OPAM Most of us would like to be creating unique or compelling works of art, or at least something that we can feel quite proud of. However, all sorts of things can either get in the way or just our ... Read More...

Is Plein Air Painting A Sport?

“Along the Trail, Mendocino” by Rick J. Delanty 12" x 24" - Acrylic --all images here have been painted or begun en plein air-- When Bob retired after 42 years in the aerospace industry, one of his buddies whose wife was an artist ... Read More...

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...