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...

Making Your Creative Space Work for You

When we moved to Silicon Valley for my husband’s medical residency in 2014, our family of five could barely afford our two bedroom, 900 sq ft apartment. I was raising three kids five and under in an unfamiliar city while my husband ... Read More...

Tips From My Personal Notebook on Becoming The Artist I Want To Be

Yellow Roses with Pears by J Kamin Moving to California in 1985 marked the beginning of my serious pursuit of becoming an artist. A real turning point came when I met David Leffel OPAM. I had initially met him in New York City years ... Read More...

Having the Guts

I grew up in Crested Butte, a very small town in Western Colorado. During my childhood, the local coal mines were closing and the world-class ski resort that exists today had not yet been established. Only around 100 people called the town ... Read More...

A Simple Lesson

I’m relatively new as a studio and plein air painter, but I have over 40 years experience as a graphic designer and illustrator. I was a graphic designer for five years before attending the Illustrators Workshop in 1979. It was there I made ... Read More...