Tips

  1. Permission and Freedom

    I have found that when students are given permission to explore ideas about making art the results are exactly what we all profess to be the ultimate – personal and creative images. The question is do we really want to be creative artist or imitators of what has gone before. […] Read more

  2. Making Thoughtful Choices

      Choices The Renaissance period of western culture (1300-1600) provided for the art education of young men (girls were not included) in a practical and effective way.  Adolescent boys were shipped off to the studio of a master craftsman to be guided in the rules and skills of the craft. […] Read more

  3. “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon

    We found  “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon at the bookstore of the Phillips Collection, Washington DC. The ideas in this book apply to anyone who’s trying to inject some creativity into their work. The ideas in this book apply to anyone who’s trying to inject some creativity into […] Read more

  4. June Workshop 2012

      I can report that after week 1 of a 2 week workshop the class is creating, thinking, working, and still have time to share an adult beverage and laugh.  The weather has been great with daytime temperature in the 70s. One day of cloudiness with rain after dark all […] Read more

  5. Rothko, Bellows, and Johns

    To celebrate Diane’s birthday, father’s day ,and my birthday, Diane, Carly, Joshua,(wife and children) with Jen and Scott (their sweethearts) spent the day in Washington, DC. Our plans included visits to the National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, and Jaleo’s restaurant. The National has just acquired three of Mark […] Read more

  6. A Few Tips, Three Media,

    After 40 years of teaching I have seen thousands of good paintings that could have been great paintings but for poor paint application. Here are my thoughts on the 3 media I use when painting. Watercolor – Instead of flooding pigments with so much water that it looks like colored water, try bringing pigments […] Read more

  7. What Our Painted Images Represent

      What  Do Your Paintings Represent Every painting you make represents you.  One of my favorite quotes came from Willie Nelson when he asked this question of Nora Jones,”If all we knew of you was your work (art work) would be know you.”  Our representations are limited to imitation,  creation, […] Read more

  8. Apologies for my Absence

    Dear Faithfuls,  Please understand my absence is not for lack of caring.  I have been on the road for four straight weeks.  There should be a medal for this kind of dedication.  Actually I enjoy teaching and the chance to share my passion for making things.  Every class has it’s […] Read more

  9. Preparing For a Painting Workshop

        The decision to enroll in a workshop, with the investment of time and money it will require,  should be taken seriously. A little preparation can make the difference between happiness and disappointment. In  my experience students too often take workshops based on what the teachers paintings look like.. This is a […] Read more

  10. Exercising Your Artistic Eye

    If you have ever been guilty of making painting more complicated that it need be- try this approach. Find an object, preferably an object that is interesting in shape, trace it on several pieces of watercolor paper, canvas, or board and without looking at the object experiment with trusting your eye to […] Read more