That fear in making art

In my studio there is a very large, 8’ x 8’ blank canvas. I am a little nervous about starting because it is so big. I have never made a painting this size before. So of course it is going to be a little scary. Fear always seems to come bundled with taking bigger...

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Where the edges meet

Hi there, Melissa Chandon’s art is so different than mine. And that might be why it interests me so much. We got to talking about the edges in her art and I thought you might find it helpful. There are so many decisions in paintings, but possibly the most important...

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Finding this could totally change everything

Hi there, our art is only as good as we are. In other words, it is important to keep a steady stream of inspiring input coming in so what is going out, our art, is inspiring too. So how do we do that? Here is an example I couldn’t resist sharing. Aondrea Maynard, a...

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3 Questions to Clarify your Art

If you can take the time to answer these 3 questions, very likely your art will improve. These are similar to a few of the questions we use in the Creative Visionary Program to help bring clarity to member’s art. It is so easy to fall into a routine in what and how we...

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Differences. This changes everything.

The big idea behind  all my teaching is “differences.” It is the key to solving most art problems and in many ways, life problems too. We all crave feeling alive. And what gives us this sense is when we experience things we haven’t before.  Things that are...

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Did you forget this?

Just thinking about being creative, can feel hard. Finding the time and space to make art can even feel like a chore. But it doesn’t have to. Today I am talking about some hacks to get you back into your art without the usual pain and procrastination. Watch the video...

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Do you love that ugly stage in your art?

I am pretty sure you are art goes through the same ugly stage as mine does. I hear from so many artists how much they hate this part of the process. Today I want to talk about this dreaded stage and maybe why it is not so bad after all. Watch the video below: There...

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I avoid Carnivals. Art changed that.

Artists have a way of seeing things differently. It is what we do. When someone experiences your art they get a glimpse of a brand new world. Art brings wonder to our lives. It moves us. It opens us. I feel this every time I see potent art. This just happened when my...

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How much difference is too much?

Today I am sharing the one cool thing I learned in making this painting. It just might help you too. It has to do with my favorite subject when talking about art making. Differences. When we experience things that are different from one another, it makes us feel...

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Having no time can improve your art. See how.

Making art can be hard. But finding time to make it is harder. This is the number one challenge that stops most artists from making steady progress. I have especially been feeling this lately because of the holidays. Both my daughters are in town. There are more year...

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