Look to your art to improve your art

Look to your art to improve your art

Even if a painting is not working, I can always find some part I like. These are clues as to where to go next. Let me show you what I mean… Even in the mess we make, there's hope! Beautiful clues emerge, like certain colors together or how a line relates to a shape,...

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The Key to Breakthroughs

The Key to Breakthroughs

The art-making journey has many high points, like when the art comes so quickly or sells. But there’s one thing that tops all others, and that’s breakthroughs. These change everything. I am always curious about breakthroughs and how we can experience more of them....

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The Gift of Sensitivity

The Gift of Sensitivity

Have you ever felt more sensitive than others? I notice this, especially when I’m with my non-artist friends. I’m more easily annoyed if music is too loud or the lighting too bright. As artists, we have a heightened sensitivity and awareness about everything and it...

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The Benefits of Showing Your Work

This past week, I opened my new work at Julie Nester Gallery in Park City, Utah. Due to Omicron, winter storms in Utah, and the delays at the airports, I considered not attending. However, in the end, I went to the opening. I am so glad I did! Seeing the work out of...

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How to Stay Motivated in Your Art Making

How to Stay Motivated in Your Art Making

Staying motivated and energized, especially if you’re away from your studio this busy time of year, can be a challenge, but I have some ideas that can help. Have a look here. One is to be open to the possibility of change (for your work and life) in the new year by...

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Engage the Viewer from Afar and Up Close

Engage the Viewer from Afar and Up Close

I want to show you a cool idea to think about when making your art. It has to do with creating work that is engaging both at a distance and close up, and how to enhance these views by offering a different feeling with each. Check this out… When your work offers this...

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How to find your way in your Art and Life

How to find your way in your Art and Life

In my early career as an illustrator, I was often asked to create art that didn't interest me. It was so frustrating. Once in a while, I would get a project that excited me, and when that happened, I noticed that I was happier and the resulting art turned out way...

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Going beyond excellent in your Art

I've recently finished making some new paintings for an upcoming show. Some are better than others, but overall, I am happy with them. I would say they are pretty good. Even so, I am always left wondering how I might go beyond just good. It seems that making...

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Going narrow instead of wide in your art

One can include so much in their art, but having too much can become a problem. It becomes difficult for the viewer to know what the art is about if it includes all things equally- lines, colors, shapes, textures. Showing everything ends up diluting them, and the...

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Art = Love

Art-making is easier when I’m feeling happy and connected to myself. I call this a flow state— creativity flows. But, of course, there are times when I lose that connection and question everything, and get stuck. One way I think about flow state is to remember that it...

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