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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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Do You Know Your WHY?

If someone asks you why you paint, can you give them a clear answer? Or do you freeze like a deer in the headlights if someone asks you why you paint? In his 2009 TED talk, Simon Sinek says, “People don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it.” Think...

It’s Not Just About Blue And Yellow

What if I said that some of the best greens aren't made with blue and yellow? In this short video I’m sharing five different greens that aren't made by mixing blue and yellow. Color mixing can lead to some surprises when we move off the usual pathways....

It’s Hard to Go Green

Today's painting thoughts cover a HOW TO DEAL WITH GREENS. Going green can be so hard! No I don't mean recycling or getting rid of solvents in your studio. I'm talking about working with the color green. Have you ever been totally intimidated by the greens...

Why Critiques Are Important

Critiques are a vital part of the reflection phase of developing a habit, as well as giving a strong sense of accountability. So don't be afraid to ask for critiques or give them, as long as they're done in a positive constructive way. I dive into just...

Cropping for Strong Compositions

Today's painting thoughts cover a BIG TOPIC: COMPOSITION. It's all about understanding how to direct the viewer around the picture plane in interesting ways. Cropping is one of the most powerful tools you've got to improve your compositions. AND it's...