Going from a small sketch to a large painting

Going from a small sketch to a large painting

Today I want to talk about something I am often asked about but rarely do. It is the particular way I move from a sketchbook to a large painting. Have a look here. I often work out ideas using sketches before starting a painting. I begin not just with one, but a...

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How to get into the flow of your art

How to get into the flow of your art

Today I am joined by Gay Hendricks, author of “The Big Leap,” and his new book “The Genius Zone.” Gay is a world-renowned expert on "connecting to our genius," that flow state, and offers a deeper understanding of what exactly this is and how to access it. Have a...

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How to change intimidation into inspiration

How to change intimidation into inspiration

I used to think the more great art I saw of others, the more inspired I would become - not just in my art, but also in my desire to make it. One of the best places to see a ton of great art is at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida. I saw so much incredible art....

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What is fine art?

What is fine art?

I define "fine art" as what I would make if I could make any art I wanted. For many years I supported myself by making illustrations. Sometimes I liked doing it, but mostly not. However, to start making my fine art seemed way out of reach. It seemed like a pipe dream....

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How to choose for a Call for Entries

How to choose for a Call for Entries

Today I thought I would share a few thoughts about increasing the likelihood your art will be accepted into a juried show. These three ideas came from volunteering for an exhibition in NYC. Listen here. The first realization is that your art, to stand out from the...

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Is this missing in your art?

Is this missing in your art?

John Le Carre, the famous British spy writer, said, "The cat sat on the mat is not a story. The cat sat on the Dog's mat is a story." Why? It has to do with tension. When troubleshooting our art, we rarely talk about tension. However, it is needed to make our art...

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What is your new story?

What is your new story?

When I pause my artmaking, the one thing that gets my creative juices flowing are the stories of other creatives. What cool things are being made by others? How are they doing this, and why? I love learning from seeing and listening to the stories of other creatives....

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The necessity of stopping

The necessity of stopping

The season of my art making is changing. June, for me, marks the beginning of a time of more reflection. My productivity lessens to take stock of where I am and where I might be going next. Now, I write more and paint less. I reflect more. I try to hold off from doing...

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The big mistake when making your art bigger

The big mistake when making your art bigger

Today I am talking about how to scale up your art. What is the best way to go from making small to large art? I did it completely wrong, which caused me a lot of wasted time and money making mediocre paintings. So today, I want to share the one thing I didn't know...

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These might change everything for you

These might change everything for you

I like to paint boldly and a little out of control, especially in the beginning. If the picture is giving you bold, clear messages, you can better respond with the same. In other words, it is easier to know what to do next. A strong start can make your progress easier...

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