Stretching

Our recent pandemic has forced us to hunker down. It’s par for the course, for many artists to stay inside for long hours, but this is beyond normal, as we know. Like many artists, I work at home. To earn a living, I teach, do storyboard ... Read More...

Comfort in Creating

Lindstrom’s oil palette; She works out of a wood box so she can put her oils away in the freezer each night.  Throughout my adult life, creating and art has always been a comfort. When I was 10 days overdue with my first child I sat, ... Read More...

Continuing The Learning Process…

"Leaf On The Vine" by Yolande McAlevey 16" x 16”  - Oil Whether you are an accomplished artist or a beginner, the journey of each individual artist always includes growth and personal challenge. Master’s in the field of painting ... Read More...

The ONE Thing

As the world seems to spin out of control outside of our studios, this may be a good time to revisit the ONE thing that truly enables you to stay engaged as a life-long artist: satisfaction from, and a love for, the PROCESS. Wanting to ... Read More...

“Do I Have What it Takes?” Three Critical Traits

"Last Light on Split Rock" by Mary Pettis OPA28" x 16" - Oil on linen “Do I have what it takes?” This was the last question posed to me by an earnest young man at my last landscape workshop. It is frequently asked, and not just at the ... Read More...

What Geology Taught Me About Painting

Besides being an artist, I am also currently a geology student at the University of Texas at Austin. I have realized much of the skills used in geology have applications in art. Here I wish to break down how all of us can learn from the ... Read More...

EMOTION; instinctive or intuitive feeling, as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.

I think that as artists, one of the primary goals of a successful painting, whether spoken or unspoken, is that we hope to evoke an emotional response from the viewers of our paintings.  We want that untrained eye to approach one of ... Read More...

Why Do We Like It?

Often we’ll hear someone declare “I just loooove that painting.” But do you ever listen to why they’re drawn to a particular piece?   I do -- frequently. Because I come right out and ask “Why do you like it?” In galleries, ... Read More...

Geeking out on Studio Lights

Prior to becoming a full-time artist I spent 12 years as a Digital Imaging Technician for a professional photo lab. It explains, at least in part, how I can get excited about things like matching the temperature of my studio lights to the ... Read More...

Berthe Morisot and Her Brushwork

I received an email from my blog a while back asking a couple of questions about how Berthe Morisot painted. I thought my reply might be interesting to a wider readership, so here it is... On Feb 25, 2019, at 11:36AM, Malcolm ... Read More...