So you want to sell your art?

I received this question the other day: “Is it wrong to try to make art that sells?” This answer is, well, not entirely. And there is no one-size-fits-all answer. But from my experience, I coach artists to focus first on making art they genuinely love. The kind of art...

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Maizy

Maizy

A few days ago, we had to say goodbye to Maizy, our sweet dog. She was such a fixture in my life, in my family’s life, and I know, for many of you, she touched your heart as well. I thought I would share a small piece of her sweetness with you today instead of...

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These art tools help me the most

These art tools help me the most

I get many questions about my favorite tools, and it’s been a few years since I last shared them with you, so today, I thought I would share a couple. All of them help me create an essential contrast in my art. It is a contrast, or “difference,” in my art that I love....

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Are you juggling too much?

Are you juggling too much?

Do you sometimes feel you have too many ideas? Does it seem crazy to be entertaining one more thing with everything you already have on your plate? How do you deal with the overwhelm of all those creative ideas and plans you have? People accuse me of taking on WAY too...

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I was avoiding this.

I was avoiding this.

Pulling off a small painting is hard. However, it can feel especially daunting to make a painting bigger than yourself. After I moved a raw 8ft x 8ft canvas into my studio, this is how I felt. I was unsure and reluctant to begin. There is just so much white space. The...

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Finding the light in the darkness

Finding the light in the darkness

The times we are passing through are uncertain and challenging. However, these days also invite reflection, vitality, and even joy. Life always comes bundled with both light and darkness. It is a paradox, but it also makes this time creatively potent. How do we rest...

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What makes our art and life extraordinary

What makes our art and life extraordinary

At first blush, all of us seem incredibly different. Artists, by their very nature, form their art from very different places and in very different ways. However, there is one aspect, one defining characteristic, I notice we all have in common. And that is what...

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The intimacy of scale

The intimacy of scale

Hi there, do you ever hear something that you have always felt but never put it into words? That just happened to me. I was having a conversation with friend and artist, Nadine Renazile, and she shared something about painting at scale that confirmed and clarified my...

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What makes a great shape?

What makes a great shape?

Hi there, as an abstract painter, my art focuses on shapes. I love them. Regardless of the kind of art you make, they all incorporate shapes. Creating great, alluring shapes in any art, however, is difficult. What makes one shape better than another? That is what I am...

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Knowing this will make starting easy

Knowing this will make starting easy

Hi there, there are a gazillion reasons not to make your art. Here are some of my favorites: I am not talented. I don’t have enough time. I don’t have anywhere to work. People will laugh at my art. What could I do that hasn’t been done before?...

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