Winter Sunset, Minervaville // SOLD

Winter Sunset, Minervaville // SOLD

“Winter Sunset, Minervaville”, oil, 5 x 7”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

“Winter Sunset, Minervaville”, oil, 5 x 7”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

$325 (unframed) + $15 shipping

Today is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night.

Winter Solstice.

I love the winter light, but not the cold, so I’m celebrating the return of the light.

And lots more beautiful winter light before the return of spring.

Why Drawing Is the Foundation: An Interview with Sandra Angelo

I have a special guest with me today for a live interview. Sandra Angelo is an artist who focuses on drawing in her own work, and helping others make drawing a part of their lives.

Here’s what we covered:

  • How did Sandra get started as an artist?
  • What moves and motivates Sandra as she makes art?
  • How does Sandra manage her time and structure her creativity?
  • Sandra talks about a personal success.
  • Sandra discuss setbacks she has experienced as an artist.
  • What one habit has contributed to Sandra’s success?
  • Why does Sandra feel drawing is such a crucial foundation?
  • How does studying drawing benefit a student? Sandra shares a favorite student story (Orville’s story)

And finally, Sandra shared an invitation to a special event she has going on starting December 26th. To join in Sandra’s 13 days celebration of drawing with free drawing lessons daily and a grand finale masterclass, head over to

Making Art You Love (part 1)

Making Art You Love (part 1)

One of the most common worries I hear from students and aspiring artists is whether they have enough talent or not. We’ve all felt that way at one time or another.

And our culture reinforces the concept every time someone gets labelled a creative genious.

The truth is that there’s genius inside all of us. Being creative is at the core of human DNA.

Watch small children, before they’ve absorbed the cultural limitations, and they are ALL little creative geniuses. Children are inherently fantastic artists.

So that means that we need to reframe the question.

It’s not, “Do I have enough talent?”

Instead, “What do I need to rediscover and learn so that I can make “genius” paintings, like I did as a child?”

There are three keys to consistently making art that you love, that feeds your soul as well as having an impact in the world. And the impact of your art is directly related to the strength, passion, and originality of your painting.

  1. Develop a Solid Painting Practice
  2. Build an Engaged Audience
  3. Nurture a Sustainable Creative Life

And I’m going to be talking about all three over the next week.

But today I’m going to talk about the first – Developing a Solid Painting Practice

The first step is getting in alignment with your creative why, the thing that fuels your passion. That feeling and passion gets passed on to your audience.

Second, commit to a routine and rhythm for your practice. Inspiration shows up during routine practice.

And last, deepen your understanding of the fundamental principles of painting.

  • composition
  • value
  • color
  • light
  • surface
  • Materials
  • Techniques
  • Processes

If you’d like to learn more about understanding those fundamental principles of painting, you can watch the Secrets to Painting with Color & Light over on the Webinar Binge-Fest Page. It’ll be up through the weekend.

Avoid the Myth of Perfection

Avoid the Myth of Perfection

Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Find beauty where you are.

Have you ever had an idea, and things just didn’t work out the way you planned?

Well, that happened to me this past Friday when I drove out to the Savannah Wildlife Refuge right outside of Savannah to paint.

I ran into a few problems right away!

Got Questions?

Leave any questions you have in the comments below.

Whenever you’re ready, here are three ways I can help you…

1. Join my free FB group, ART+WORK+LIVING.
This is THE community to connect with other artists who are starting and growing their own painting careers.

2. Join Catch the Light, my online painting course for landscape painters.
You’ll learn how to use color to capture the effects of light and shadow, no matter the time of day, season, or weather.

3. Get on the waitlist for my signature online course, The Painter’s Language: Composition, Color, & Light, for painters at any level who want a deep dive into creating strong, successful paintings.

How to Get a Painting Style: Your Style Is Your Story

How to Get a Painting Style: Your Style Is Your Story

We’ve been talking about STYLE over in my Facebook group, ART+WORK+LIVING, for the last few days.

Two of the questions I get asked at every single workshop or course I teach are “How do I get a style”, and “Do I have to have a style?”

The two questions may sound really different, but they have the same answer. And that’s what I’m going to cover in today’s video.

Don’t let “getting a style” slow you down.

Style develops over time with consistent painting. If you paint consistently, you can’t NOT have a style.

Paint what’s around you, what you know. What you love and are passionate about and style will happen. In exactly the same way that your handwriting developed a style over time.

Want to join the conversation over in the free ART+WORK+LIVING Facebook group?

Here’s the link: