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It’s Not Just About Blue And Yellow
It’s Not Just About Blue And Yellow

What if I said that some of the best greens aren't made with blue and yellow? In this short video I’m sharing five different greens that aren't made by mixing blue and yellow. Color mixing can lead to some surprises when we move off the usual pathways....

It’s Hard to Go Green
It’s Hard to Go Green

Today's painting thoughts cover HOW TO DEAL WITH GREENS.Going green can be so hard!No I don't mean recycling or getting rid of solvents in your studio. I'm talking about working with the color green.Have you ever been totally intimidated by the greens in a...

Why Critiques Are Important
Why Critiques Are Important

Critiques are a vital part of the reflection phase of developing a habit, as well as giving a strong sense of accountability.So don't be afraid to ask for critiques or give them, as long as they're done in a positive constructive way.I dive into just that...

Cropping for Strong Compositions
Cropping for Strong Compositions

Today's painting thoughts cover a BIG TOPIC: COMPOSITION. It's all about understanding how to direct the viewer around the picture plane in interesting ways. Cropping is one of the most powerful tools you've got to improve your compositions. AND it's...

The Beauty of Failure
The Beauty of Failure
Fear of failure can stop us dead in our tracks, paralyzed, and afraid to make a move. But failure can actually be a good thing, a productive part of a daily practice. This video was made during the AWL 5 Day Painting Challenge right at the midway point when the nature of the challenge really forces you to let go. If you've ever been slowed down by perfectionism, then this is for you.
Feeding Your Creativity
Feeding Your Creativity

Feeling stuck, blocked, uninspired, or bored? It can be super frustrating when it feels like your creativity has just disappeared. Here are some ideas for getting those juices flowing again and getting yourself past those limiting feelings. If you've got any tips of...

What Makes a Good Composition?
What Makes a Good Composition?
Biggest Takeaways You Don’t Want to Miss: What makes a good composition? One that is visually interesting, holds the viewer’s attention, and leads the viewer’s eye around the whole picture plane. Where I start - Focal Point Framing Line Direction (leading lines) Point of View
Colored Pencil Secrets with Sandra Angelo
Colored Pencil Secrets with Sandra Angelo

Part 1 Part 2 This week I welcomed back my friend, Sandra Angelo, in two livestreams on my Facebook page. We had a great conversation about art in general and did a deep dive into one of her favorite topics, Colored Pencil Secrets. I was a drawing major in...

Daily Painting Practice: How to Pick Subjects
Daily Painting Practice: How to Pick Subjects

Don’t let picking out a subject slow you down. Paint what’s around you, what you know.When you paint things you know your connection to them, your passion, will come through. Even if they’re relatively banal subjects.1-Two main sources for subjects:Direct observation...