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Playing & Painting in the Caribbean

Traveling, painting and photography are among my biggest passions, and I love it when I have the opportunity to do them all at the same time! Having just returned home from our annual family vacation in the US Virgin Islands in the beautiful Caribbean, I thought I'd share a few pictures and facts I have learned from my time there. Normally, there are only two seasons in the Caribbean - dry and rainy seasons. The dry season [...]

Just Another Wet Day in Paradise

Hello from paradise! Last Friday, my family and I flew down for our annual trip to the US Virgin Islands where we like to thaw out from the slushy, snowy mountains. However, the sun has been playing tricks on us, and it has been raining the majority of the time since we have arrived! We even witnessed a big waterspout (a tornado that starts in the water) that came on shore, lifted beach umbrellas 40 feet into [...]

March 23rd, 2012|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|2 Comments

Waiting for the Muse: 4 Tips for Procrastinating Artists

Descartes, the father of Modern Philosophy once so famously said, "I think, therefore I am." However, if you are an artist, then you probably can more easily empathize with the phrase, "I create, therefore I procrastinate." Although other occupations and hobbies are susceptible also to the procrastination blues, there's something about creative work that lends itself easily to, for a lack of a better way of putting it, goofing around. As a self-proclaimed artist (what is a wordsmith if not [...]

Cruising and Plein Air Painting Alaska!

 Traveling, the outdoors and plein air painting are a few of my favorite passions in life. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Alaska aboard a very large cruise ship. My plein air painting time was very limited, nevertheless I didn't want to miss the chance to record beautiful Alaska in paint as you can see in the video below. As a novice photographer, I also enjoyed photographing the many amazing Alaskan wonders [...]

20th Anniversary of Plein Air Painting in Sun Valley, Idaho

Each year, I have the wonderful opportunity to plein air paint with a talented group of artists as well all congregate in the beautiful mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho for Kneeland Gallery's annual paint out. This week we have been painting out in the mountains and celebrating the art gallery's 20th anniversary. Art spectators have been watching up create paintings in the field which culminates with the artists' reception tonight. If any of you happend to be in the [...]

August 5th, 2011|Fine Art Tips, General, Misc. Articles, Plein Air|2 Comments

My Week with Master Landscape Artist, Michael Workman

Michael Workman's workshop class Recently, I had the rare opportunity to attend an advanced painting workshop at the Sedona Arts Center in Arizona with master landscape painter, Michael Workman. I was very excited about this experience because I have admired this elusive artist's work for many years, plus Michael is an 'artist's-artist', and one of the greatest landscape painters of our time. I was interested in learning how Michael 'deconstructs' his paintings and balances between a realistic approach [...]

Gone Paintin’ in Arizona!

Hello friends. In case you have been wondering about me this week...I am on a painting trip in sunny Arizona. I brought my trusty little travel laptop with hopes of blogging while on the road, however the Internet service has been spotty and unrealiable. Now, to make matters even worse - I just dropped and broke my laptop!!! I have been dreaming of buying  a new iPad II and now it looks like I will get my wish sooner than [...]

April 21st, 2011|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|3 Comments

Magnum Boots USA: Built for the Battlefields & the Outdoor Painter

One of the many perks of having a social media online presence is meeting interesting people and household names such as Magnum Boots USA. My friends at Magnum were generous enough to send me a box filled with their world famous footwear and apparel. Since 1982, Magnum Boots USA has been outfitting the FBI, Law Enforcement, Ambulance, Fire and Security Professionals and the military with boots and outerwear for the ultimate in protection. Now, Magnum Boots USA is also making the [...]

March 21st, 2011|Fine Art Tips, General, Misc. Articles, Plein Air|2 Comments

10 Motivating Tips for the Plein Air Painter

Although some of my readers are from around the world and warmer places, many of us have endured an extra long, cold and grey winter. In fact, there is still about 3 feet of snow in my yard! But, the hint of spring is finally in the air here in Idaho, and I can't wait to get out my plein air pochade 'toy' box! I am willing to bet, many of you plein air painters are feeling [...]

How to Use Good Reference Photos for Landscape Painting

Nowadays, most artists use reference photos for their studio landscape paintings. We all know that good photographs are a handy tool which can be used to create  a compelling landscape, figurative or even an abstract painting. The problem is knowing how to choose and use a good photo. This is an important step to the success of your finished painting. Problems can arise when the artist relies too heavily on photographs for their soul inspiration because photos obviously lack [...]

February 17th, 2011|Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|15 Comments