Make Smarter Paintings By Reading These 15 Quotes About Composition

This article about composition was inspired by this one quote from the late, great Howard Pyle: “After the first hour of work, your lay-in should kill at a hundred yards.”  Whoa! With that sentence in mind, I did a little digging to come up with more excellent quotes and thoughts on composition to help remind us both of it’s importance…

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Art Smart – Under Promise & Over Deliver

Part of being a little art smart is knowing what you can’t do. Most of us end up learning this the hard way; or never learning it all. Making a promise that you can’t keep is no way to build a relationship, a business, or an art career. Start now to know what can do, what you can’t do, and what you won’t do. When you learn to under promise, and then back it up with an over deliver, the stress level in your professional life drops off a cliff. The sooner you do this on a regular basis the better off you will be…

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A Landscape Painting Inspired by Carmel

If you are like me you love a landscape painting with lots of wonderous, beautiful light. This painting doesn’t have that. You, like myself probably also love a landscape painting with lots of marvelous color. This painting has a limited palette. I bet you also like to see the sun when you go to the ocean, just like I do. After wanting to check out Carmel-by-the-Sea, Ca., for a long time, I finally made it. The sun did not cooperate…

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Use the 80/20 Rule to Your Advantage

Have you heard of the 80/20 Rule? Do you pay attention to this rule in your own life? It’s nothing new, but it’s time for me to revisit and re-commit to this concept, and use it to my advantage. I want to make sure I am being as smart and productive as possible…

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Still Life Painting Featuring my Grade School Lunch Box

still life paintingFor this still life painting  my old lunch box from grade school was called in for duty, thermos and all. It’s been sitting around all these years waiting for something to do besides hold old baseball cards. I had actually been thinking about this painting for a long time. While there is a  lot of baseball items in this painting, it’s not really about baseball…

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Making Your Creative Mind Work for You – Part 2

In the previous post I wrote about 5 ways to make your mind work for you. In this post I want to give you four more tips that you can use in your life daily to get full and satisfying cooperation from your Creative Mind. Just to recap, when I mention your Creative Mind, I am referring to your subconscious mind, which is totally separate from your conscious mind…

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Make your Creative Mind Work for You – Part 1

Your creative mind never sleeps. It is awake from the time you are born until your last breath. The creative mind, or subconscious mind, does what needs to be done without any help from you. From breathing to blood circulation, the creative mind is working around the clock. Your conscious mind may do all the thinking, planning and  problem solving, but your creative mind carries out the orders…

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Robert Henri and The Art Spirit

Robert Henri

“The Laundres” Robert Henri, oil, 1916

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri has got to be one of the best art books ever, without even a single painting or photograph between the covers. First published in 1923, the copy that I have had for many years is almost 300 pages of deep and insightful commentary on art, theory, and life. Every time I read The Art SpiritRobert Henri,  I feel so many different emotions, not the least of which has to do with my shortcomings as an artist. If you have this book, you know what I am talking about. If you don’t have this Robert Henri classic, I offer up this appetizer in hopes you will thirst for more…

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Remember Your Focal Point when Painting

The term focal point has been popping up all around me lately as I continue on the journey to become a better painter an artist. It’s almost like somebody is trying to tell me something. I know that sometimes I do cram a lot into one of my pieces. Looking back, I think it would be fair to say that this artist could have taken more advantage of using a single focal point at times. I will be doing much better in that department from now on…

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