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Welcome! I’m Mary Gilkerson, an artist obsessed with capturing color & light in my paintings.
My fascination for the way that light moves through the natural world keeps me deeply connected to the spaces and places I move through on a daily basis.
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What Makes a Good Composition?

Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss: What makes a good composition?
One that is visually interesting, holds the viewer’s attention, and leads the viewer’s eye around the whole picture plane. Where I start –
Focal Point
Line Direction (leading lines)
Point of View

How to Pick a Painting Subject

How to Pick a Painting Subject and Avoid Waiting for Inspiration
A short discussion on how to pick a painting subject and avoid the frustration of…

How to Use the Power of Video for Building Your Audience

If you're just getting started in the online world, video is a great way to build engagement with your audience. And here in the US the countdown to Turkey Day is on . Which means we’re moving into the holiday retail season, one of the best times of the year to build...

The Importance of Rituals and Habits to Succeeding as a Creative

Habits and rituals set up the space where you can create freely, intuitively and in flow. Watch the video above to find 6 Steps To Creating A Daily Practice That Works For You. 1. Your “Special Place”  Where will you physically be when you paint? 2. Your “Ideal Hour” ...

Using Value To Make Magnetic Paintings

Magnetic paintings. We all want to paint them. The ones that seem to reach out,  grab, and engage viewers even from the opposite side of the room…