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!

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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.

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How to Catch the Light vs Chasing It

How to Catch the Light vs Chasing It

Are you a painter who finds yourself chasing after the fleeting light in the landscape? In this episode, I’m going to explain the difference between chasing the light when you’re painting from life, and catching the light.

Color is the secret sauce in painting. The thing that creates firm, space, and light.

Did you miss last week’s webinar on painting light and shadow? You can catch the replay recording right here.

Watch when it fits your schedule! 

The recording will be available through Nov. 8th.

Seeing All the Blues of the Sky

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.

a palette full of blues

 

 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 you can mix from a super simple limited palette. The only two blues – ultramarine blue and phthalo blue.

Do You Know Your WHY?

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 about that for a minute. It’s truly profound and applies to far more than selling paintings, or even business.

People aren’t just attracted to your purpose. They are attracted to the authenticity of your purpose, to your courage in stating your belief.

I’ve been drawn to Sinek’s ideas since I first heard them almost 10 years ago, and his TED talk was required material for my first year students as we delved into uncovering their own WHYs.

I strongly recommend it to everyone.

Here are 3 lessons you should take away:
1. If you want to inspire others, always communicate your why first.
2. Excited followers are the best resource for anyone looking to create a movement.
3. You don’t need sleazy sales tactics when you start with why.

So how does that show up for artists building a studio practice and following?

1. Your WHY becomes the nucleus of your ABOUT PAGE and your ARTIST STATEMENT.
2. Communicating your WHY conveys what you’re passionate about. And passion builds excited followers.
3. When you start with why and just communicate from the inside out, you’ll build a group of customers that trust you, your 1000 true fans.

Your WHY is like an onion. The core truth of your WHY gets revealed by pealing away layer after layer.

There’s no better time to start peeling away those layers.

 


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It’s Not Just About Blue And Yellow

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. Think ivory black, burnt umber, or burnt sienna.

Test out some alternatives yourself and let me know what works for you. To get started with step by step recipes for mixing better greens from the simple double primary palette, download your free guide here

Click here to get the recipes

We’d love to see what you’re doing with greens. Are you a member of my free Facebook group? Hop over and join so you can share your paintings and favorite tips for greens.

 

Magnetic Paintings Webinar

How to Use Value, Color, and Composition to Make Magnetic Paintings

You're invited to an  special free workshop I’m hosting where I'll share my favorite ways to make magnetic compelling paintings. If you missed this earlier nows the time to save your seat.  Learn more here.