Try this to get your art going

Try this to get your art going

Do you ever get to your studio so excited and ready to paint only to find that what you’ve been working on isn’t that great? We’ve all been there, and it can be a letdown. So I want to share with you a fun solution that quickly gets me engaged with the work again. It...

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Don’t Think, Paint!

Don’t Think, Paint!

As I’ve been working on these two paintings, I noticed that half the time I make a mark, it’s wrong - even when I’m trying. I wondered what would happen if I didn’t try at all? I had to find out. So without even thinking about design or color harmony, and even using...

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The Power of Collaboration

The Power of Collaboration

There’s so much I love about all my work with Art2Life and as a painter but the one thing that always gets me fired up is the workshops I teach. Artists of various levels meet at special locations to make art! You never know who will be there but the vibe is always...

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Look at these colors I found in Italy

Look at these colors I found in Italy

I'm currently traveling in Italy and have seen so many cool things. Lake Como, for one, is a beautiful town with a long history of speed boat racing. A museum there features exquisite old boats and I was so taken with everything about them. The painted surface colors...

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Are you growing into your art?

Are you growing into your art?

I started a garden recently in a large barren area. The tiny plants looked pathetic in this stretch of drab dirt, but they grew, and new things started to happen. Seeds drifted in the air and new habitats thrived in the shade of taller plants. I could have never...

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Food for the Soul

I was dashing to meet a friend for dinner recently and threw on some clothes I don’t usually wear. My friend was taken aback. “These clothes aren’t you!” she said. It’s funny how others get used to seeing us a certain way and it’s also confining—as if we have to...

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2 tips to make better art

2 tips to make better art

Every part of our art practice relies on us. Getting ourselves to the studio, having the materials, staying motivated, getting our work out there— it can feel overwhelming, especially when it comes to the business side of things. So, I want to share two practical tips...

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Finding Your Style

Finding Your Style

Something came up on a backpacking trip I took with friends. The lesson I learned perfectly relates to art-making. Here is what happened. It is always hard to know exactly how our future art will turn out. But the past can provide clues on how to move it forward....

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Coincidence or Planned?

Coincidence or Planned?

Have you ever experienced a coincidence that seems almost planned? It’s as if these moments of synchronicity are meant to teach us something. I notice this happens when I’m more engaged with my art. Here is one that happened to me recently. Check this out. I love...

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The Artists’ Journey

The Artists’ Journey

I’ve been thinking about the artist’s journey in terms of a pilgrimage. On a pilgrimage, there’s an expectation that those you meet along your path will expose you to new ideas and expand your horizons. When I was a teenager, I met a stained glass artist who did just...

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