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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...

How to Avoid Making Composition Mistakes

Most composition mistakes come from not knowing how to use the principles of composition to organize your painting. I thought I'd share what works well to fix some of those mistakes using the principles. Using these main principles helps to create a sense of unity and...

Close observation and a trip to the woods

In my last post I talked about how I’m starting a new daily painting project and that I’d give you a little heads up on where I’ll be painting for this one.

How I Use Painting to Connect to Place

Today I want to share a little bit of my painting journey with you. I’ve been a professional visual artist earning my living from my work most of my adult life. But back in the winter and spring of 2011-2012 I felt like I’d gotten into a painting rut so I started making a small painting every day, my first (but definitely not my last) daily painting project.

What’s Your Why?

How do you want to feel about your creative work in 2017?

Do you ever struggle with setting goals for your creative work?

And no, it’s not too early to…

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