Starting a new piece can be a bit like traveling
to someplace new without a map – you may know
a little about where you’re going, but without directions
it will take you longer than it should to arrive.
With that in mind, when I begin a painting, I
find the best thing to do is to be bold. So if I have
a panel covered in dark paint, I’ll then place some
light shapes over it. The contrast in value will
help direct me where to go next.
Watch the video.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
When you begin a painting, what do you do to
help determine your next mark?
In gratitude, Nicholas
It’s incredibly gratifying to finish
a painting. Seeing everything completed
and in the right place – it’s like coming home at
the end of a long journey.
There’s just one thing left to do: the signature.
Now, not every artist signs their work, which is fine!
It’s really a matter of preference. When it comes to my
paintings, for example, I do like to sign them.
Watch the video and see how I do it
There are of course a million ways to do this – no one
method is the best – but what do you think about this?
Do you like to sign your work, and if so, how?
I would love to know!
In gratitude, Nicholas
The process of making authentic art actually begins before you even start.
What you choose to look at, think about and even remember is ultimately what makes your art yours. In other words, what you put in affects what you create.
Especially when making Art.
This is what I am talking about today.
The strength of your art, your output, is contingent on your input.
The more discernment involved in the curation of all that inspires you, the more authentic your art becomes.
It is a simple idea but one we often overlook.
Do you curate your input? In what ways?
Let us know in the comments below.
And if you are new to Art2life, click on the link below and get my free Color Tips download.
This can really help you improve the color in your art.
Hope your Sunday is great.
Is it hard to choose
the right colors when
creating your art?
I used to really struggle with this.
I would spend a ton of time
changing colors and in the end the colors
I ended up with were not really any
And then I started choosing colors
in a different way.
It has to do with looking at three important
aspects of color.
These are value, saturation and harmony.
Choosing colors based upon these, especially value,
can markedly change and improve your Art.
This helped my art process so much.
Maybe this approach, or even part of it,
can help you too.
If you are new to Art2life,
click on the link below and
get my free download that goes
into quite a bit more about color.
You can get it here:
Color Tips Download.
Thanks so much
Our art is really just
a sequence of choices.
A series of “Yes I like this”,
or “No, I don’t like that”
In the end it is
all about discernment.
To get good at this we need to
practice. Not just in our art but
also in our life.
Discernment is the primary
factor in making your art, truly
Focusing on discernment
in both Art and Life
It can make the mediocre,
Are you saying “yes” when maybe it should be a “no”?
Let us know in the comments!
Thanks for sharing a small part of your Sunday
Hi, for the past 2 days
I have been talking about Design
because the Art2life Free Workshop
Go here to grab your spot!
We just started with lesson 1 Design
and have 3 to do over the next week.
Today I am talking about the
importance of seeing the 30,000ft
view of your art.
From a distance you can
best see how one change
affects all the areas of your art.
that changing your art, improving
the design is usually done
in smaller, incremental changes.
It usually takes repeated efforts
to get one’s art really strong.
Design is one of the
most powerful principles
available to us and that is why it is the first lesson
in the Free Art2life Workshop
Hope to see you there!
PS During the next week I will be doing
additional training in the A2L facebook group.
Click on this link to join the group!
Fear holds us back in our art.
But not all fear is the same. Knowing which kind of fear
you have is important to discern.
Most fears come from not knowing the answers.
Uncertainty in life and art conjures up a little fear
almost every time.
And this is a good thing. At least in art making.
Watch the video and I will show you…
Uncertainty forces us to use our intuition and when this occurs
our art becomes more personal. Not knowing, in the end, can
dramatically improve our art.
What do you fear?
Leave a note in the comments below!
PS I am launching the FREE Art2life workshop on
April 26th, 2019. To sign up, just click here!
PSS If you would like to take a deeper dive into all things art,
just join my free Art2life Facebook group, which you can do
by clicking here. Hope to see you in there!
There is something cool about garage sales.
There are so many disparate things and all are thrown on a
few tables on someone’s front lawn.
You never know what you might find amongst all this person’s stuff.
People sell all kinds of things.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to what might be on those tables.
There simply is no curation.
Sometimes our art can feel a little like one of those garage sales.
Being able to recognize and then fix it is what I am talking about today.
Watch the video below…
choosing less instead of adding more are helpful ideas that can strengthen
and clarify your art.
Do you ever get the sense your art veers towards that garage sale place?
How do you recognize this and what do you do to fix it?
Leave a comment here and we can talk about it…
PS The free Art2life Workshop starts on April 26th. If you haven’t yet grabbed you spot, just click the link below to do so
Sometimes, to make a big change in your art, all you need is a small, one in your thinking.
I was reminded of this when recently being shown how to find mushrooms in the forest.
Watch the video below and let me show you…
Like the wide awareness of an owl perched quietly high above, we too can learn to perceive our art the same way.
Especially as we create. Staying above the singular details permits us to see and respond more accurately to all the parts of our art.
If our art is made with broad awareness, it can feel more expansive and open.
And as a result, it becomes a more generous invitation for those who encounter it. There is simply more space for the viewer’s experience of your art.
This kind of thinking generates art that is memorable. It creates art that is desirable by others.
It does something that possibly we all strive to do in our art.
It creates connection.
Do you ever view your art in this way?
Let me know in the comments below.
PS We have a winner from last week’s North Star Challenge!…watch to discover who!
PSS The free Art2life Workshop is going to be amazing… it starts April 26th. If you haven’t signed up already, just click on the link below!
Once we begin making our art, everything changes. It can so much that sometimes our art ends up very different than intended.
The reason this occurs is because once the art is underway, it is super easy to forget the essential feeling we had when we began.
So how do we remedy this?
It turns out the workaround is not only remembering but prioritizing the “feeling” we want to express in our art.
And not just when we begin but all the way through.This desired feeling can become the “North Star”,a reference point, for our creative decisions in making our art.
Spending time understanding the “North Star” of your art is one of the most powerful and bold steps you can take to strengthen and unify your art.
Interestingly, and not surprisingly, I have discovered when querying this idea for myself is that the North Star of my art is not too far from that of my life.
The act of writing it, articulating it, and then sharing it is a big step in its formation.
So today, I ask you,
What is the North Star of your Art?
We all can’t wait to hear.
PS The brightest North Star comment will receive the NW illustrated, 3 Book Collection by Don Miguel Ruiz.
PSS If you haven’t signed up for the upcoming Free Art2life Workshop, that begins April 26th, you can do so here.
It is going to be amazing….