3 Signs That It’s Time To Start A Daily Painting Practice

There are 3 signs that I see over and over again that are a sure fire indicator that it’s time to start a daily painting practice.

The first is not making time to paint because of being overwhelmed by an already full schedule.

The second is feeling trapped in the details and the idea of perfection.

And the third is when an artist’s work looks like it’s been painted by 10 different people. There’s no consistent style.

So what’s the magic bullet?

The answer to all three lies in a relatively simple practice – painting every day.

Painting for 20-30 minutes a day can make a huge difference.

The rewards…

1. Your work improves

2. You stay motivated because ideas flow easily

3. Small daily steps move you closer to your goals

4. Muscle memory takes over and the difficult things become easier

5. You paint faster with more ease

6. You paint more intuitively and responsively rather than consciously

7. Your own personal style will develop without your even having to thing about it

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What Artists REALLY Want

What Artists REALLY Want

I spent a week at one of my favorite conferences at the beginning of the month – a marketing conference but so much more.

One of the things that we were challenged to think about was how we define success…

And that got me thinking about how we as artists define success.

I don’t think it’s quite what people think.

So much more than just getting into a gallery or making money from painting…

You can narrow down the things most artists REALLY want to just three. And the main one is to make paintings they love.

I go over the other two as well in today’s video.

You know what!

The best way to make fantastic paintings is to paint regularly.

Forming the painting habit is so much easier when you’re surrounded by other artists who’re working towards the same goal!

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The Scent of the Lowcountry

The Scent of the Lowcountry

The Scent of the Lowcountry

6 x 6″

Oil on panel 

I’ve always relaxed and let me breath out a notch when I get back to the Lowcountry and can smell that rich earthy aroma of the mud.

Everybody in my very large and extended family on the island said “puff mud” when I was growing up.

I didn’t hear “pluff” mud, the actual name, until I lived in Charleston in the 70s.

An “L” isn’t the only thing my family has dropped!

So puff mud, really pluff mud, is a very fine grained sediment that’s completely saturated with water.

It’s the mud along the edges of the creeks and rivers here. You can sink up to your hips in it if you don’t know where to step and it smells wonderful (or horrible if you don’t like it), like the memory of everything that’s lived in the marsh.

But if you hold the Lowcountry in your heart, it’s the smell of coming home.

From the Lowcountry Blues Collection

Collection Release Date: April 30th (VIP Preview for My Email List on April 29th)

Marsh, Late Afternoon

Marsh, Late Afternoon

Marsh, Late Afternoon

8 x 10″

Oil on panel 

From The Lowcountry Collection by Mary Bentz Gilkerson, inspired by sights and scents of the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountry, a magical rich area full of captivating odors – salty air, hot sun on warm cedars and pines, and the fecund rich tang of puff mud…

$750.00 (unframed) + $20.00 shipping


The Lowcountry: Marsh, Late Afternoon

The Lowcountry: Marsh, Late Afternoon

I got stopped dead in my tracks by a question not long ago.

“What’s the low country?”

For anyone raised below the Fall Line in South Carolina, the question is unimaginable.

The Lowcountry (one word, capitalized) is a magical rich area full of sights and scents that you can’t find anywhere else on earth.

The scent of the Lowcountry… A captivating odor of salty air, hot sun on warm cedars and pines, and the fecund rich tang of puff mud…

A land full of water, creeks and rivers that mark the time by the rise and fall of the tides.

Sea islands that march from Charleston to Savannah facing the winds of the Atlantic.

A land full of ghosts, a liminal place where the separation between the worlds gets thin at times.

Pat Conroy captured it perfectly in The Prince of Tides, “To describe our growing up in the low country of South Carolina, I would have to take you to the marsh on a spring day, flush the great blue heron from its silent occupation, scatter marsh hens as we sink to our knees in mud, open you an oyster with a pocketknife and feed it to you from the shell and say, ‘There. That taste. That’s the taste of my childhood.’ ”

That taste of the Lowcountry has been in my mouth and in my studio since January.

There’s no where better to catch the Lowcountry flavor than Edisto Island and Savannah, and I’ve been painting up a storm in both places.

Stay tuned this coming month to watch all the goodness unfold as the paintings start peeking out of the studio!