My favorite way to start a painting!

My favorite way to start a painting!

Here is a quick way to get paint down on paper, or even canvas. I love starting this way when I don't have much time and want something to be bold and full of juice. It has everything to do with the way you apply the paint. Let me show you… Starting boldly or using...

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The one question that leads to your best art

The one question that leads to your best art

I used to worry so much about my art. Will it ever be good enough? Will I ever develop my unique style? Will I ever be able to get it out into the world? It turns out I am not alone. I frequently hear these concerns from other artists, too. What makes things even...

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Do you like busy or simple art?

Do you like busy or simple art?

Do you like busy or simple art? There is, of course, beauty in both. I love the complexity of a Persian carpet, but I also am drawn to the sublime, minimal paintings of Mark Rothko. In the end, you want to do the kind of work that brings you alive. There isn't one...

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Stepping into a bigger studio…

Stepping into a bigger studio…

Years ago, I remember moving into a much bigger studio. So big, in fact, I planned on sharing because it was more than I needed and felt too big. However, while getting the space ready, I realized I loved the spaciousness and decided to keep it for myself. That bigger...

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Creating Amazing Texture with Paint

Creating Amazing Texture with Paint

I sometimes add materials to my paintings, like paper, to create texture. Today I want to share with you a way you can create amazing texture with just paint. You make this texture with gesso before you start your actual painting. It creates effects that stay with...

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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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