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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How to Draw with Purpose

A lot of people want to know how to draw. Usually, but not always they want to learn how to draw what they see. The act of drawing itself is so personal, so raw and can be so beautiful . If someone wants to take their drawing beyond simply recording what is in front of them, and learn how to draw with more purpose, what are some of the steps they can take to accomplish this? Here a few I have learned over the years…

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Landscape Painting – An Irresistible All American Barn

landscape paintingA landscape painting with a red barn in it? How freaking original! Why bother, it’s been done so many times before…what’s the point? This would have been my attitude in the past. Today, if I see something I like enough to spend some doing a landscape painting of it, I’m going to do it, no matter what anybody says. So it was with the “The Liberty Barn….”

 

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20 Great Quotes on Success when You need a little Pick-Me-Up

I don’t know what success means to you, but it’s probably somewhat different than what it means to me. While looking up quotes about success for this post, I was reminded how differently success is viewed by people of all ages and professions. Check out some of these great quotes on success, print them, and when you need a little pick-me-up, dig ’em out of the drawer and read them again. Just might be what you need… 

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4 Smart Life Lessons from…an Ant?

Life lessons come in all shapes and sizes. Some life lessons are invaluable, well-earned and never forgotten. Other life lessons are simply passed down from our parents or other family members. Sometimes life lessons can be pretty damn funny at someone else’s expense. I bet you never thought you could learn any life lessons from an ant, did you? The next time you see an ant, think about this…

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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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26 Funtastic Signs from Disneyland & California Adventure – Part 1

 

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Ink and Paint, In Toontown at Disneyland

 

I want to show you some of the most fun-tastic  signs on the planet…Having just returned from a short trip to Disneyland & California Adventure recently, I realized that most of the photos I took were of the great signs I saw around almost every corner. So mad props to the team of artists, designers, imagineers, craftsmen and everybody who played a part in creating these cool signs

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Five Facebook Stats That Really Matter for Artists

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Every so often someone throws a few Facebook stats out there and exclaims how Facebook is “taking over the world.” Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. The Facebook statistics are staggering however, and it’s up to each artist to decide if Facebook is a marketing platform or a social tool, or both. Either way is fine, but some Facebook stats are more important than others when it comes to marketing your art…  [Read more…]

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