Drawing Lines Using the Indentation Method

Drawing Lines Using the Indentation Method

As an artist, I am always learning with each new piece I create. Recently I learned of a new technique for drawing light lines (in this case, for whiskers) against a dark background that I would love to share. A common challenge I face in pencil drawing as opposed to acrylic painting is getting crisp, white lines (such as hair or whiskers) over a dark background. While in painting this can be achieved by using light paint on top of the … [Read more...]

California Dreaming of Plein Air Painting

california poppies

Traveling home after presenting and attending the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention in Monterey, it's hard to believe it's already just a memory! I'm California dreaming of plein air painting... The event was a fun, energized week of networking with over 700 artists, vendors, art business professionals, and like-minded people from all over the world. On stage and in the field, 70 of today's finest artists demonstrated and taught their inside … [Read more...]

The Marketing Tools Of Non-Starving Artists

The Marketing Tools of Non Starving Artists

Over the years, I have received little email 'gems' from Denver artist, Bob Ragland. Known as the Non-starving Artist in Denver, these emails are clever, concise, and loaded with nuggets of art marketing tools and information.  This post is a compilation of those emails along with Bob's Marketing Tools Of Non-Starving Artists list below. Bob has been featured on NPR, he has his own YouTube channel (see video at end of post), and he is active … [Read more...]

Plein Air Painting a Slice of Paradise in the Caribbean

After a long winter in my studio working with encaustic wax, it has felt great to plein air paint in the Caribbean this spring break. This year I wanted to travel lightly beacause I knew my painting time would be limited on this family vacation. So, I brought my smallest pochade box, and also packed my favorite solvent free paints by Cobra Water Mixable Oils, and a handy 9 x 12 pad of Arches Oil Paper. I have cut each sheet into quarters and … [Read more...]

Planning for a Studio Visit

Planning for a Studio Visit

Whether your studio is a posh loft in a fashionable arts district or a spare room in the back of your house, there are times when you need to open it up to show it to others. To visitors and clients, your studio is more than your creative and working environment; it is a reflection of your business and professionalism. Most of my work is custom commissioned, and I used to always deliver the finished paintings to my clients rather than have … [Read more...]

Successful VS Unsuccessful Artists

successful vs unsuccessful artists

The infographic above breaks down many of the traits between successful vs unsuccessful artists. Although sometimes there are circumstances beyond one's control, most barriers to success are self-generated and can be fixed. Artists are naturally born to manifest. We have a thought, imagine it and make it come true on paper, canvas or out of stone. So why do we have trouble manifesting our art business dreams? The great thing about having a … [Read more...]

Perceptions of Nature – My New Encaustic Paintings

Kneeland gallery,encaustic, exhibition

This winter I have been working really hard at a new series of artwork - encaustic wax paintings. Working with encaustic wax is a tactile, poetic, emotional experience. I am seduced by the alluring, organic translucencies of the encaustic medium. Labor intensive and difficult to master, the wax has a mind of its own, but this makes the medium even more exciting. When painting with encaustic, I am embracing the ‘unknown’ and enjoy the … [Read more...]

Extracting Beauty from Pain Through Art

Extracting Beauty from Pain Through Art

For many artists, the desire to paint is inevitably born out of an urge to represent the beautiful, to celebrate an event, or emotion in a positive light. Yet for many others, as diverse as Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya and more recently the Chapman Brothers, the inspiration for art emerges from a far darker place, pain. The medium of painting provides the ideal conduit upon which artists can express their emotions, both negative and positive, … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why Triptych Art Is Successful

3 reasons Why Triptych’s Are Successful

Triptych art is made up of three panels that are intended to be displayed together. A triptych is from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχον meaning "three-fold". The first triptychs were from early Christian art, which were a popular format for altar paintings from the Middle Ages onwards. Today triptych art is still defined as a work of art, usually panel paintings, digital art or photography divided into three sections. When the triptych art form … [Read more...]

Why It’s a Great Time in History to be a Creative Person

Why It’s a Great Time in History to be a Creative Person

Last year Anthony Meindl, Hollywood's #1 acting coach wrote the inspiring guest post, "Where Does Art Come From?"  A multitalented, creative person, Anthony is also the author of the new book, "Alphabet Soup For Grown-Ups: 26 Ways Not To Worry." ...and he is my youngest son's acting coach! Recently, I was able to ask Tony two questions... What inspired you to write the book? I think we’re really experiencing this amazing Renaissance in … [Read more...]


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