Blog Archive

354: Love Your Collectors

The object becomes aesthetically significant when it becomes metaphysically significant. –Joseph Campbell I RECENTLY had an interview with Jerry Hardesty…

342: Writing a Press Release

–IT is a good idea when having a show to write a brief press release. Press releases are prewritten articles to intrigue journalists into…

344: Playing with Pinterest

–I HAVE mentioned several times that Pinterest and Instagram are my favorite social media platforms. Instagram has proved useful, and I’ve sold…

331: The Cure for Bad Art

–THE poet Alexander Pope, describing the slippery slope of degraded expectation wrote, “vice is a monster of such frightening mien, that…

327: Acrylic Show

–IF you are in Salt Lake City from June 1 to June 17, 2017, I hope you will drop into Alpine Art…

324: The Difficult Truth

–I recently came across a video by Jeffrey R.Watts that had a lot of valuable information, especially for young artists. Watts…

323: Anti-advertising

–WHY is art important? This is a question even artists, who should appreciate art the most, have trouble answering. When…

309: Add More Joy

–WHEN we are unhappy, we fixate on what is wrong. It becomes difficult to focus on the positive. Our current unhappy…

306: Intuitive Composition

–AS a contrast to abstract elements in my new, looser painting style I thought I should improve my linear composition skills. (For a discussion…

297: Finding Your Style

–AT A CRITICAL moment in my plein air development I attended a prestigious art festival. My studio painting was in a precarious evolutionary phase–I…

289: Daily Painting

–I RECENTLY received an advanced copy of Daily Painting by Carol Marine. As I opened the packaging I read the title on…

288: Workshop Preparation

–FOR those attending my workshop at Weber State University this Friday, June 24, 2016 I thought it would be beneficial to review some…

285: Promote Your Work

Cover to new abstract collection –IN my continuing quest to secure quality promotional material I assembled a new collection of abstracts…

279: Woodcut show

Eight block color woodcut I AM enthused for my woodcut show opening 15 April 2016 at Alpine Art from7-9. It is…

278: Painting Workshop

(NOTE: The class sold out on April 27 but the University is scheduling another session. If you add your name to the waiting list you will be added to…

276: Fostering Creativity

Persistence of Vision, by Debra Teare, oil on canvas Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible. –Richard…

275: Winner Take All

ART culture has problems. One of them is the rise of celebrity culture eclipsing 99% of art being created. For some…

272: Using Pinterest

RIGHT before I went to New York I was advised by a mentor to “look at everything–suspend judgement and just…

260: Types of Success

I RECEIVED an email the other day asking about the advisability of pursuing a career in art. In general if someone truly…

256: Mix Rich Color

Country Road, 20″ x 20″, oil on canvas I’VE been having a lot of success with my latest mixture of sun…

240: Painting with Gouache

I HAVE never experimented much with gouache–probably from bad experiences using the chalkier, less versatile version known as designers gouache back in…

237: Art Tools

Autumn Color, 24″ x 24″, oil on canvas I regularly use two tools from Accurasee– an extremely well designed pencil holder…

234: How to succeed in art

Ghost, Woodcut, 1.5″ x 1″ Due to factors beyond my control I’ve recently experienced a creative low ebb. To use the time productively…

232: Tectonic Shift

Tectonic Shift, 10″ x 10″, acrylic on canvas There comes a time in every artist’s journey when major changes are…

231: New chapter on composition

I added a new chapter about composition to my online book The Art of Thick Paint. Composition is one of the most important aspects of painting. In this lengthy…

219: Make your [own] mark

Recently I’ve been impressed with the absolute necessity of developing a unique style. While it’s tempting to follow a current…

214: Creative contrast

Islands on the Bear River, 13″ x 23″, acrylic on canvas While studying deliberate practise I’ve come to realize that…

212: The limits of talent

In the book Talent is Overrated, Geoff Colvin outlines what separates world-class performers from everyone else—deliberate practice. (Read previous entries on the subject here…

206: How to improve

Summer Light, 11″ x 11″, 8 block woodcut When reflecting on how to improve in the coming year we might…

201: Selling art

I AM currently at the Harmons City Creek gallery open house. I’m sitting in front of a wall of paintings with a…

200: Two shows

Below is a short video of two shows I had in November. One was a one-night landscape realist show at…

179 Gbox evolution

Many of my videos are now available via Gbox, a new content provider primed to compete with media juggernaut YouTube….

176 New book on Amazon

I have wanted to publish a digital book with Amazon for several months. New developments allowed me to make this happen quickly—Amazon…

174 Trinchera revisited

The following article about the Trinchera Residency is from the Medicine Man Gallery site. I migrated it to this blog to insure preservation of the entry. It…

170 Using Neo Megilp

I was enthused with my attempt to imitate Maroger medium and wanted to try Gamblin’s Neo Megilp–which is explicitly formulated as…

169 The Gbox Revolution

[NOTE: Since I originally wrote this post Gbox has essentially gone defunct as a video content provider. Accordingly I have removed my…

165 Great opportunity

I was recently contacted by Gbox–a new video streaming provider. They wanted me to create  unique video content for their…

163 Why collect art?

The deadline for my ad for the Door County Plein Air Festival booklet is at hand. Once again I feel inadequate…

159 High sensitivity

Many artists have been plagued by high sensitivity including Vincent Van Gogh and Leonardo Da Vinci. As mentioned in a previous blog…

151 Art synthesis

According to the German philosopher Georg Hegel the intellectual process involves thesis (an original idea), antithesis (an opposing idea), and synthesis (a…

149 The anxiety cure

For reasons unknown many creative people suffer from uncontrollable anxiety. Three months ago after an exceptionally anxiety ridden week I…

141 Rembrandt’s secrets

In the winter of 1977 I walked into the Orange County Museum and within a few paces came face to face with Rembrandt’s magnum…

140: No one dies

During a studio open house I conversed with a surgeon and mentioned that a medical illustrator–a former surgeon–told me that…

134 The Dream

Last night I had an unusual dream. In recent years I haven’t been dreaming as much as in past eras…

132 New online class

I recently came across a great opportunity to start an online class. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite…

131 Exploring composition

I‘ve stated before that composition is the most important component of art. It can be simple, some of the most beautiful paintings have a simple…

128 Finding a style

When we say artists have found a style it means they have arrived at a decision about their artistic expression….

125 Scumbling remix

Here is a repost of Scumbling, glazing, and dry brush 3 of 3 which was erroneously tagged with a copyright…

123 Reducing costs

When painting with thick paint, when layers can be half an inch thick, it’s important to have access to good…

120 Learning by teaching

I recently finished teaching an illustration course at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. I’ve heard teachers say they learn…

119 Studio tour

In my continued effort to leverage digital communication I‘m currently making what I hope will be an entertaining multimedia website using Wix.Wix is a HTML5-based site…

118 Dubai debut

I was honored to be featured in the art and design section of the May edition of Gulf Connoisseur magazine….

115 The art of the sketch

Doing a preliminary sketch is one of the best ways to insure the success of a painting. In the video below I focus on keeping the design of…

113 Scumbling & glazing

I enjoy painting alla prima and my best paintings are painted in one session with a minimum of adjusting after they dry….

110 Who we are

In 1981 my friend Joe Hebert invited me to join him in an ascent of Devil’s Bedstead, a prominent peak…

109 Selling Art

AS I THOUGHT ABOUT how to to get the funds to run an ad campaign as suggested by Eric Rhoads I…

105 Abstract painting

I‘M STARTING A NEW PROJECT for painters interested in design and the art of abstract painting. I will be exploring the art…

103 Great painting book

MY BIRTHDAY FALLS NEAR THANKSGIVING and my favorite gift is an art book. This year I received Leconte Stewart Masterworks. Leconte was…

102 The long view

I WAS RECENTLY READING a book about the landscapes of Gustav Klimt. I was intrigued to discover that he often used a…

94 Eye vs. Camera

I WOULD PREFER TO PAINT all my paintings from life or from sketches painted from life. However, this often just…

93 How to paint trees

THERE IS A DANGER of representing the overly familiar as symbols rather than reality. As a time saving mechanism the…

92 Thin paint

I have been so obsessed with the act of applying thick paint that I’ve forgotten to mention that nearly all of…

89 Aspects of color

ADJUSTING COLOR can be tricky but if you understand three aspects of color; hue, value, and saturation, it can make things…

84 About that Hat

I REALLY APPRECIATE all the people who sent links to find a replacement for my old, worn out chapeau. I…

80 The Thick Paint project

IN THE PAST YEAR digital publishing has evolved considerably. A digital book about thick paint could be extremely interesting. Imagine…

69 The uses of putty

It has been over a year that I have experimented with putty, the little known medium for adding body to paint….

68 Making it fun

FORGETTING to make painting fun is another way to create a mental block. This often happens when artists press too…

64 Painting Door County

Door County was so beautiful I couldn’t resist putting together another video. I once again demonstrate doing a sketch, and…

57 Teare exhibit

THIS is a two minute video of highlights from a show Debra and I recently had at the Frank Prince…

56 Remedial painting 101

ALTHOUGH I am primarily self-taught I have been privileged to take workshops from several excellent painters. But it has always…

54 Plein air gear

IN this video I review the necessary equipment to paint in the field. I detail the paints I use and…

42 CROSS TRAINING

…. IN athletics cross training is used to include a broader range of muscles exercised so the athlete doesn’t develop…

40 Edges

This video explains the importance of edges. Edges direct the eye through the composition as well as other critical purposes.

39 The art of compostion

Do you have trouble applying the various theories of composition? Take a look at this video to help clarify what it is all about.

38 Paint is paint

… I’VE been intrigued with the idea that paint is paint and the only thing that distinguishes oils from acrylics…

24 The sketch

… PAINTING can be a complicated process with many steps leading to a great painting. One important step for most…

8: Field effects

WHEN I load a brush I want to include as much variation as possible. This includes adding complementary color, variations…

7 Value zones

AS I’ve become more adept at the technical aspects of applying paint I have become more and more concerned about…

03 Loading the brush

… ONE of the most critical aspects of thick painting, and the most mystifying, is loading the brush. Using thick…

01 Thick paint

– FOR the last few years for at least once a month I browsed the internet for articles about Thick…