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Artist Skills–Stretch and Explore

There’s a lot of talk these days about comfort zones. Depending on the source or the situation, the advice will encourage you either to search for a your comfort zone by getting rid of uncomfortable things in your life, or stretch and explore out of your comfort zone by doing things that are uncomfortable in…

Artistic Skills–Engage and Persist

Every artist has one: a cabinet, a box, a file, and/or a garbage bin where all the “turkeys” go. In my studio, it’s a box, and the reason these pieces are even kept is because eventually I will wash them off and paint something else on them. There is a misconception that when an artist…

Artistic Skills-Developing Craft

The core question for Teaching for Artistic Behavior is “What do artists do?” Artists are learners, and they are always developing craft. These blog posts are meant to help break down the creative process into mindsets and skills that can be acquired by anyone. I employ them in my own artistic process, and in teaching…

New Studio and Update

Hi everyone! It’s great to be back. As you may have heard, I have been in the process of downsizing, selling my house, and moving in with my parents. The reasons are many, not the least of which is that they are very elderly and have multiple health issues. Some of the process was heart-wrenching,…

Girault Pastels Review

Finally made another video. Up on the channel now is a video made to share my first reactions to Girault Pastels. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 179 other subscribers Email Address Subscribe

Gerbera Nostalgia

If you follow me, you know that, for reasons best known to the Creator, painting flowers is a super power for me. I don’t mean that I’m all THAT as far as painting flowers go, but that it is one of my strengths, one of the subjects that seem to communicate better than any other…

Winter Dream

I’ve never really lived where there was lots of snow. Well, ok, for one winter I lived in North Texas. So I’ve experienced enough of snow to know it’s not always beautiful. But the rest of my life I’ve lived where snow was a rare treat if we saw any at all. I’m a sucker,…

These Rocks Are Thee

I hate to say this yet again, but 2020 has been a challenge for everyone. Lately, it’s been even more challenging for me and my family. We are struggling with the knowledge that my mother’s days are limited, and while we know that all our days are written in His Book, and have been since…