Technology: Is it nice? Yes. Do you need it? No. Apps and digital programs can either be a feared hurdle or amazing tools…the choice is yours! Between marketing software, social media, design apps, and everything in between, it can certainly get overwhelming. So in this episode we explore a small section of these programs and […]
Fellow artist Jackie Sanders and I are always sharing books, resources and podcasts with each other. On this studio chat we share some of our favorite creative business books! No matter what stage of your art career you’re in, or your pondering whether it’s even an option for you. These books can help you create
You have made the decision and acquired an original painting, but how do you take care of it so it will stay pristine for decades to come? I’m so glad you asked! Following just a few simple guidelines will help to extend the life of your original paintings. In general terms, the ideal place for
Wake up, shower, get dressed, drive 29 minutes, find parking, unlock the studio, turn on the lights, get the music going, set out the tools and the paints and then… …NOTHING. No inspiration, no drive to create… the muse is gone. To me it’s important to take a short break (day or two) to rule
Part of the creative process for me (and many other artists) involves recording ideas when they pop up, or risk forgetting them! Enter the indispensable art journal. I generally toggle between four of them, each for a different purpose: ideas for new materials and…
In the 12+ years I worked in the investment services industry, no one suggested that career was one that would make me broke or require innate talent. That all changed when I switched careers and became an artist. So when folks share their opinion, I keep it lighthearted and take it with a grain of salt.
I’m not sure when the painting toolbox went from having just brushes and palette knives to incorporating all kinds of unusual and non-traditional tools. Silicone bowl scraper, empty ribbon reel, basting brush, loofah sponge, squeegees…
In the past, my paintings started on pristine, smooth surfaces and the final work was relatively flat. But you’ve seen my recent work, there’s background layers peeking through and tons of texture. It took learning a new painting style/mindset to realize the old way was holding me back.