Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Concepts to Actions!

How do Concepts End and Actions Begin....?

#1.    You have started sketching in a journal or sketchbook.   You have begun to express your feelings and impressions, objects on your desk, table, out your window, or favorite scene from vacation, with a pencil, pen, charcoal, or paints.

#2.    Create a folder with other artists' paintings, magazine photos with colors and shapes that catch your fancy.  (Pinterest makes quick sources for reference materials of all kinds.)

#3.  Do your preferences lean toward bold shapes and colors or soft indefinite edges?
Are you happiest looking at landscapes, animals, people, abstract designs, or your very own view from the window of your mind?  You have strong opinions.

#4.  Start anywhere.  You have the tools at hand!
All the best,


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Surrender To Win!

What will you surrender to achieve your 'personal best'? 
''Time is the coin of the realm. Only you decide how to spend your life.''

In the last post, I hope you were moved to begin sketching simple things, apples, shoes, your hand, or a flower, in a sketchbook or on a canvas.  

To move from sketch to finished piece, you dedicate lots of practice to understand simplified shapes, values and colors.  (You can read my on my website.  The link on the Books page takes you to Blurb to preview it free!)

Whether you are painting from life or from a photo on your computer, your ideas will evolve from line drawings, color notes, and eventually arrive at a unified whole.  

Surrender to the wonder of what will evolve.

Surrender the 'finish', in the beginning of any artwork.

Give yourself the gift of patience.  
My dear teacher, mentor, and constant inspiration was the late, undisputed master from Spain,  Sebastian Capella, who's motto was:

Slow down.
Surrender to Love of the Moment 
 Surrender to your inner voice.

  Play the game to win!
 All the best,

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Does Art Imitate Life? True or False?

Does art Imitate Life?  True or False?  
 Why it's more false than true.....
Art investigates possibilities in life
 Art invigorates passion for life
Art interprets the context of Life
Art inspires expansion in Life 
Art instigates creativity in Life
Art increases scientific observations of Life
Art inscribes both sacred and profane records about Life

Only highly representational artists attempt to imitate Life, so what about the rest of us? 
Every person is an artist.. there, I said it

How, you may ask, do I tap into the dream side of my brain and explore?
It's so easy!!
1. Sit for 5-10 minutes with eyes closed to let thoughts settle down...then grab an idea or   picture that is floating by. 
2. Put that image into a few words on paper -  perhaps write a poetic concept of your vision.. use your non-dominant hand to write without censoring yourself.
3. Take a photo of a shape, object, or texture, to help hold the idea in place..

4. Keep writing - imagine 3 ways you could describe this emotion you're having on the paper or canvas.
5. Now grab a pencil, pen, fingers, or paint and begin with a baby step...

 ( a giant step is ok, too)
and MAKE SOME MARKS on paper.
''Come! There's a field beyond good and bad!  I'll meet you there.'  ~ Rumi

Next time, I'll guide you in the next step to express more of your Self. 

Happy scribbling, doodling, and getting in the flow 
of color and shapes.
All the best,
ps. The only time is NOW! 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Ready, Aim, Higher!

Do You Want to Make Worthwhile Fine Art and Thrive? 


What choices help a person to become a professional career artist or remain a professional 'art student'?    

1. Professional artists today who have gallery representation, win awards, have clients, contract for commissions and private sales, seem to have one thing in common:  

They approach their life work as a job they love having!  

Their attitude is ''The Best or Nothing'' (Thanks, Mercedes Benz!):  They strive to be the best they can be and make necessary practices to gain mastery of the mind, heart, and hands.  For instance in China and Russia, many art academies require attendance 6 days a week, 14 hrs a day,  for 6 years!  There are no magic sales seminars or tricks to become an overnight success without a consistent body of work.
 A professional artist visualizes paying rent or mortgage, and expenses through selling art.  If self-employed, one has to be mindful to set up their own health insurance, retirement, and savings plans, often in addition to sustaining a family, as there is no corporate golden parachute waiting!  
2. A 'professional student' is often found in the stratosphere of hopes and dreams, without a clear assessment of their skill level. (see #1).  A lack of disciplined training may still show. Their productivity and voice may not be loud enough to make their art identifiable in less than 5 seconds to viewers online. Even a great love for making art may still need a viewpoint, or direction to show a well-defined oeuvre.  Making conscious decisions about harmony in subject, series, themes, are good choices. 

What if one has missed out on a solid foundation or apprenticeship? What might propel us forward to make a quantum leap at any point in our life: 
*Give up all self-sabotage talk like, 'not enough time', 'too old', 'not good enough',  or 'I haven't got the talent'. 
*Zero in on what you would love to express. 
*Focus on your best skills, then put in more hours than you thought.  
*Prepare by studying from the best schools and teachers you can find,  then practice exactly what you want to perform, like a karate master or concert violinist.  
*Be positive that the hours of preparation, discipline, and goal-setting will surely be noticed and rewarded. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

A blog post for all seasons!  If you are an artist or collector of art, you are welcome 
to visit my home/studio in Leucadia, December 10 & 11 - 10-4pm.

There are many paintings of a variety of subjects, sizes, and prices, and all will be %20 off!

If you have any questions for me, or for more information about 
the Open Studio and Sale, please click here.
Thank you for viewing my artwork. 
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

When Life Gives You Lemons....

....Give Life Love

....Give Life Your All

....Give Life Your Smiles

....Give Life Your Heart

Over the years, the desire to create certain paintings has come up from my deepest center.  These paintings were gifts to those who have lost their dear ones, in hopes their days might be brightened.
 I was recently in London at the National and Portrait Galleries.  I imagined how bereft humanity would be without those fabulous images of great persons in history, whether drawn, painted, or photographed for posterity. 
The Royal Academy of London exhibit show was 82 full length portraits, done by David Hockney over a two year period.  They were totally modern, different than the Old Masters, and equally riveting because of Hockney's conviction to spend three days with each of the sitters.
And, yes, you could make Lemonade, but I'd rather paint!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Something a Little Different....

''Following'' 36''x 36'' Oil on Canvas -
 Soon to be on display at the Lotus Cafe, Encinitas, CA
 The painting proposed a challenge to me for blending realism and fantasy and looking for a way to illustrate a mystery..how much of life feels like 'the real thing' and how much feels like a 'dream'?

 Starting in January, I'll add a third class on Wednesdays, and there is still room for two more artists to join.
Thank you for viewing my artwork.