Learning To Let Go

I was looking at several nearly finished pieces and I noticed something: with this new body of work, I’ve been leaving more of the original first marks I make, as opposed to covering everything up. This is a bit different from what I normally do, and I am liking this new direction.

How have you developed in your practice? What changes in your approach to art making have you noticed?

Best, Nicholas

Go Back to Move Forward

I’ve been working on this giant blue painting for some time, and while I like where it’s at currently, there’s still a long way to go before it’s finished.

Watch the video  and see how I start to shift the composition. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

In gratitude, Nicholas

How I Approach Commissions, Part 2

I’ve been working on this commission and it is coming along very well – it’s reached a point where the piece now has a life of it’s own, and I am loving how the composition is coming together.

Getting here, however, did not happen overnight – it was a process of building up the surface, subtracting from it, and then building it up again. In short, I had to lose myself in the piece before it reached a stage I could be happy with.

Watch the video and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your thoughts on commissions, and your creative process in general!

In gratitude, Nicholas

The Story of You

I’ve gone through several different phases in my career, each one usually accompanied by some kind of self limiting belief about what I could and couldn’t do with art.

Now, it’s been hard, but I’ve come to learn that these kinds of beliefs – which nearly all of us have to varying degrees – are simply not necessary.

Watch the video and let me know what you think – how do you deal with self limiting beliefs? How do you choose to define yourself?

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS I’m starting a private Art2Life Facebook group soon, and I would love for you to be a part of it! It’s totally free, and in it I’ll be sharing more content like this, as well as some other cool things.

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The Power of New

With every new body of work, I try to have one piece where I do the exact opposite of how I normally paint.

It may seem a bit counter intuitive, but having a piece where I stay away from my normal routine helps me remain motivated. It injects a freshness into my regular practice and pushes me to bring new elements into my work.

Watch the video and let me know what you think – how do you find inspiration?

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS I’m starting a private Art2Life Facebook group soon, and I would love for you to be a part of it! It’s totally free, and in it I’ll be sharing more content like this, as well as some other cool things.

It’s not ready just yet, but in the meantime if you want to register, click here and my team will get in touch with you when the private group opens!

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Start by Starting

I am often asked how I begin a new piece. It’s a good question, and one that many artists, both experienced and otherwise, have difficulty answering.

Lately however, I believe I’ve finally come to a satisfactory response.

Watch the video and let me know what you think. What is your process for starting something new?

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS I’m starting a private Art2Life Facebook group soon, and I would love for you to be a part of it! It’s totally free, and in it I’ll be sharing more content like this, as well as some other cool things.

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A New Way To Mix Color

I’ve been using this new method for mixing color and I wanted to share it with all of you. It’s really helped me determine the color choices for my pieces.

Watch the video and let me know what you think – how do you decide which colors to use in your paintings?

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS I’m starting a private Art2Life Facebook group soon, and I would love for you to be a part of it! It’s totally free, and in it I’ll be sharing more content like this, as well as some other cool things!

It’s not ready just yet, but in the meantime if you want to register, click here and my team will get in touch with you when the private group opens!

Hope to see you there!

How I Approach Commissions


I was recently commissioned to do a painting. Now, commissions bring a particular set of challenges to the table, but in the case of this most recent painting, there was an additional caveat: the client wanted the piece to look like an older painting of mine.

Of course, I don’t want to just make a copy of an older painting – doing that wouldn’t be interesting to me, and the end result would be boring.

Watch the video and let me know what you think. What challenges do you encounter with commissions?

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS I’m starting a private Art2Life Facebook group soon, and I would love for you to be a part of it! It’s totally free, and in it I’ll be sharing more content like this, as well as some other cool things!

It’s not ready just yet, but in the meantime if you want to register, click here and my team will get in touch with you when the private group opens!

PSS Here is a photo of the painting the client wanted me to copy:

My New Favorite Tools

Oil paint has always been a part of my practice, but recently I’ve been using drawing materials as well.

The combination of these two mediums has led my work in some exciting new directions, and as such I thought I would take a moment to share what I use.

Watch the video and let me know what you think – have you started using any new materials with your work, and if so, what are they? I would love to know!

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS I’m starting a private Art2Life Facebook group soon, and I would love for you to be a part of it! It’s totally free, and in it I’ll be sharing more content like this, as well as some other cool things!

It’s not ready just yet, but in the meantime if you want to register, click here and my team will get in touch with you when the private group opens!

Hope to see you there!

How To Break Through

Often times inviting change into one’s work is a deliberate process.

Case in point is my current body of work: lately I’ve found that I am creating pieces that look too familiar to what came before,
and as a whole they lack a certain freshness or spontaneity that is crucial to my practice.

So, the question becomes, how to get around this? How to ignite that creative spark?

Click on the image to watch the video and let me know what you think – how do you deal with artistic roadblock?

In gratitude, Nicholas

PS I’m starting a private Art2Life Facebook group soon, and I would love for you to be a part of it! It’s totally free, and in it I’ll be sharing more content like this, as well as some other cool things!

It’s not ready just yet, but in the meantime if you want to register, click here and my team will get in touch with you when the private group opens!

Hope to see you there!

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