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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…

Which Plein Air Easel To Pick?

With summer weather luring people outside, which easel to use has been a prominent topic for at least the last month in my group, Art+Work+Living. At times the debate has waged loudly between some of the more popular brands. Here's my two cents. I don't have a...

The Power of Video for Artists

Most of us struggle with staying on top of producing consistent content, getting those blogposts written. Video has the power to change all that. Over and over again I hear artists talk about how much easier it is to talk about their work than to write about it. Well,...

Why You Should Use the Double Primary Palette

There are two problems I hear about over and over again from my students. The first is how to make the color in their paintings more vibrant and less dull. The second is how to get some control over what feels like a chaos of color, how to make the color in their...

How to Use the Rule of Thirds

One of the most useful tools to create a strong composition is the rule of thirds (just remember that it’s a guideline, not a law). Using the rule of thirds will help you move away from placing the focal point smack dab in the center of the composition. The center is...