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How to Set Yourself Up for Success in Daily Painting

If you ever loved coloring with crayons, then you have a VERY powerful creative force available to you. The question is, are you using it? I’m going to tell you what it is and how to leverage it in this episode. We're kicking off the The ART+WORK+LIVING 5...

How to Mix Whites for Clouds

  I've been answering a question a day on social media this week and the question that I picked today was "How to mix whites for clouds?" It's such a great question and one that all of us think we know the answer to right away cause clouds are white,...

Seeing All the Blues of the Sky

I think I may be trying to catch all the variations of blue from a later summer sky and hold them down on my palette.    One of my students asked me about which blues I was using so I shot this quick video to give you an idea of how many different blues...

Just Look Up

31 Clouds: Day 1 We tend to look for beauty and perspective away from home, away from our usual routine. In gorgeous vacation hot spots. But what if we could find a way to do that without leaving home. Just look up. I started my month of cloud watching and...

Choosing Between a Gallery, or Selling Online

I was recently asked, “Should I sell through a gallery or on my own website online?” My answer? Yes. You don’t have to choose between the two. In fact you should add one more income stream to the mix. I tell my students that they should use the “Concept of...

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 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...