The Spirit Forges Ahead While the Brain Has To Figure It Out

A few years ago, I was fortunate to be involved in an unexpected conversation one day at my studio with an artist friend. I didn’t know when we started talking that the next few minutes would so significantly sharpen my understanding of one ... Read More...

What is FINE art?

Keith Bond, fine landscape painter at www.keithbond.com, has raised several interesting questions for artists in his recent post regarding “Fine Art v. Illustration.”   As a landscape painter myself, I admire Keith’s work, as he ... Read More...

The Technique of Honesty

As artists we all long to convey with truth what we observe before us, what catches our breath and our attention. I've always believed that painting is an outward expression and visual record of what we are paying attention to in life. It ... Read More...

Personalities and Temperaments in Art

Do Artists’ Personalities and Temperaments dictate the Styles and Subjects they choose to express themselves?      I usually do not think about things like this question on a daily basis, unless it comes up in a discussion.  I am not a ... Read More...

How deep is your space?

At one of my always stimulating dinners with my late friend Zyg Jankowski, he said to me that the first decision a painter has to make about his work is a spacial one: how "deep" do you want to make the picture? John Carlson felt that ... Read More...

Self Improvement

As artists, we need to ask ourselves “What is my goal?” Is art just a pleasant hobby? Or, is the goal is to become the best artists we can be? If so, how? Think of the game of golf. The high handicapper plays round after round… with ... Read More...

Landscape Art

Plein air landscape painting has become popular and it's what I've been practicing for about thirty years and so have amassed a great deal of experience by painting landscapes and seascapes all over the world. Usually I use oils but in ... Read More...

Style vs. Technique

The term “style” with reference to how an artist paints is often misunderstood. I'd say it's similar to an individual's handwriting - an illustration of the personality of the individual, very often expressed unconsciously. An ... Read More...