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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…

Questions About Composition & Design

I’ve been talking about composition in my Facebook group, Art + Work + Living, and did this live Q&A on it just a little over a week ago. Composition and design are some of the most powerful tools that artists have to make compelling paintings. Even in front of...

How to Practice the Art of Seeing

Painting is about so much more than just which colors to make green, or how to hold a paint brush. It’s just as much about learning to see.

Here are 3 tips you can put to work right now to develop your ability to see like a keen observer.

How to Fall in Love with Where You Are

How to fall in love with where you are, no matter where that is. We all get frustrated with where we are at times, whether that’s frustration with physical place or with a situation. That’s exactly the spot I found myself in a few years back. In my case, I badly...

The Power of Green

The color green used to really intimidate me as a painter. It seemed to overwhelm everything else on the palette. The most common greens included in kits and color lists - Thalo Green, Emerald Green or Viridian - made no sense to me in their oversaturated intensity....

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