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Create a Strong Brand for Yourself and Your Artwork

Artists create! We create music, we write, we dance, and we create art for the purpose of self-discovery and self-expression.  Our need to express is an inherit part of our being and is truly the essence of being human. Our need to communicate with others is the highest form of art.  The process of sharing our creations, in exhibitions and art shows or selling them online or in galleries, all require a solid business approach to be successful. When you are ready to sell your art, it is important to create a brand name for your company.  A brand name…

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The Secret of Painting from Life

The Secret of Painting from Life If you want to see the world as spectacular as it is, take a walk in the forest with an artist. The painter’s eye is more sensitive and receives a vast amount more information than a normal person who is seeing the same view. When students first come to my classes, within weeks they report that they have never before seen the world “in color” as they are able to do now and that painting has opened their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. The first assignment for new students who come to…

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Composition ~ The Foundation of a Painting

I woke this morning with the feeling that something had changed.  The air felt a little crisper, the sky looked a little darker and I could smell the earthy scent of leaves scattered on the ground in the woods. Yes, this is the feeling of fall, my favorite time of year! To celebrate the season, this year I am offering a September workshop that includes painting outdoors with a focus on Composition. An important element in a painting is a good compostion which includes line, balance, movement, abstract form and many other details that are needed to create a great…

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Honing Your Skills Before Painting Plein Air

Honing Your Skills Before Painting Plein Air Unlike most artists, plein air painters abandon their studios, pack up their paints, brushes, canvas boards and easels to paint in the countryside where they capture their subjects and compositions direct from nature. This year many artists are preparing to travel to Tucson, Arizona for the Fifth Annual Plein Air Convention where hundreds of plein air artists will congregate, share ideas and paint together. But not so fast……… Before painting outdoors, at home, or at the Convention, it is a good practice to hone your skills by painting still life in your studio….

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Adding Wildlife to Your Paintings

People who know me know that I love painting Wildlife en Plein Air. Sketching animals and birds in their natural habitat is a favorite painting activity of mine and I always look forward to the challenge. I find that painting on location enhances my perspective and understanding of the scene that I want to capture on canvas. Often I imagine what the composition would look like if a magnificent Ram passed through my line of sight and I had the opportunity to paint him into my composition. In this piece called “Bighorn Sheep On the Edge,” I was painting Mount…

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Staying Motivated ~ Creatively

One of the differences between being an ordinary artist and an extraordinary one is that an extraordinary artist has the ability to stay motivated and passionate. In fact, the most important attribute that helps a person become a successful artist is not whether they have talent, but whether they can stay with it and sustain their motivation to paint. Creating art is not easy. It requires constant focus, a huge amount of discipline. and a strong ego to weather feelings of rejection, anger, frustration, discouragement, and occasional self-loathing. As an artist, your goal is to produce quality art consistently and…

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Anxiety When Painting in Public

Artists often take for granted that a vista or interesting subject will always be there to paint. We pass by places and say to ourselves, “Someday I will come back to paint that.” Sometimes the reluctance to set up and paint in populated neighborhoods is linked to a feeling of anxiety about failing to paint successfully when others are present or of being judged negatively when painting in public.   I remember when I passed by this little cabin located in the middle of the town of Mt. Shasta year after year. This abandoned cabin was built around 1905 and…

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Ashland PaintOut, September 19th 2015

I participated in the Ashland PaintOut last year, and it was a lot of fun! The event takes place at North Mountain Park and Lithia Park. You get 4.5 hours to paint your little heart out, then submit your work to the judges. They pick 20 works to exhibit at Ashland Artworks, which is a […]

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Capturing Light in your Paintings

Sunset at Panther Meadows, Mt. Shasta The smoke from the fires in Northern California is extreme. At times you can see only a mile ahead and it has made it difficult to feel inspired to paint outdoors. The dense smoke and ash falling from the sky constantly reminds me the losses others are suffering during this summer of great drought and fires. During the last few nights, the smoke lifted allowing me to steal away with my new Strada Pochade box to paint on the slopes of Mt Shasta. The smoke in the atmosphere blends with the light of the…

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Holly

A pet portrait I did on commission. NFS Media: Oil on canvas Size: 10″x8″

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