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The Method I Used to Create Award-Winning Art

The Method I Used to Create Award-Winning Art

I often get asked how I became an artist making art that sells, gets into shows and wins awards. Many times, people assume that it’s because I went to art school. I can tell you that’s not true. Art school has turned out many artists who gave up as soon as they left. Others assume that I just have IT.IT - meaning inherent talent and opportunities. That’s not right either. I had very little talent, compared to my student peers at art school. I certainly had very few opportunities either. The IT that I had was a beginner’s mind, a...Read More
Connection Over Content

Connection Over Content

We don’t want your content; we want your connection! This is the message I wish I could shout out to the world and to artists right now. For at least the two years in my business, I’ve seen that community and connection is more important, more nurturing and more powerful than just content.  In the last two weeks during this Covid19 crisis, this idea of connection over content has been beautifully proven true. While everyone is isolated and quarantined, my online group is coming together more and more intimately. Instead of growing further apart, they’ve grown closer together. They’ve shared...Read More
Letter of Care

Letter of Care

Here we are on the cusp of spring which should be a joyous time with the hope of new birth and we find ourselves in the middle of this worldwide pandemic. This is NOT what we wanted or what we hoped for.  I've been so concerned about the members of my artistic community, many of whom are at high risk during this time. Many of you are caretakers of elderly parents, many of you are mothers whose children have been sent home and now your plate is even more full.  Many of you are dealing with worry, stress, and anxiety. I've been racking my...Read More
The Secret Language of Painting

The Secret Language of Painting

Who’s up for a Painting Challenge this March 22nd-27th!? And it’s completely FREE! Join the private Facebook group for a chance to study with me! Gain early access to win points and prizes! There will be special pre-challenge exercises that will be worth extra points as well! This challenge is not open to current or past Vital Art Sessions members! Click this link to join: http://bit.ly/2wrevGQ. Join the group to answer this week’s question! What is it that you’re confused about right now in your painting process? https://youtu.be/IiELzfGAoRo
The Masterpiece Trap

The Masterpiece Trap

Who’s up for a Painting Challenge this March 22nd-27th!? And it’s completely FREE! Join the private Facebook group for a chance to study with me! Gain early access to win points and prizes! There will be special pre-challenge exercises that will be worth extra points as well! This challenge is not open to current or past Vital Art Sessions members! Click this link to join: http://bit.ly/2wrevGQ. Join the group to answer this week's question! What is your biggest obstacle right now in finishing a painting? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4b0WvwZ9zs&t=1s
Action is the Antidote

Action is the Antidote

Who's up for a Painting Challenge this March 22nd-27th!? And it's completely FREE! Join the private Facebook group for a chance to study with me! Gain early access to win points and prizes! There will be special pre-challenge exercises that will be worth extra points as well! Click this link to join: http://bit.ly/2wrevGQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLBGu2bMMl8
How to Paint Brass

How to Paint Brass

I hope you enjoy this video where I break down for you painting brass in under 10 minutes and 5 easy steps. I don't believe that painting instruction needs to be complicated and neither does painting. Let me know what your biggest takeaway was in the comments below.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mx0DpcyGrE&t=281s
Keys to Success in Painting and Business

Keys to Success in Painting and Business

1. Challenge your perceptions  Our perceptions can be formed by many things including our beliefs, environment, and models of behavior we’ve experienced before.  Our perceptions or misconceptions can really limit us both in painting and in business. I urge you to question things, don’t make assumptions and be open to explore new ideas or thoughts. We all tend to want to box things in, define and make concrete conclusions. This isn’t an open system, but a closed one. It will always limit what’s possible for you. Be like a scientist posing questions, postulating theories and doing experiments. You’re far more...Read More
How to Be a Student

How to Be a Student

I’ve been a student of art since 2008 and in that time, I’ve learned that not only to you must learn how to paint, you also must learn how to learn. I’ve learned many of these lessons the hard way especially in the earlier days when learning can be the most challenging to our sensitivities. Others I’ve learned later after many years of teaching myself and letting go of my ego which can come more with maturity and success oddly enough. So, I wanted to share with you some of my top recommendations on how to be a student because...Read More
What is your commitment level?

What is your commitment level?

On a scale of 1-10, how committed are you to your art path? I hope you said 10 because that’s really the only level of commitment that works.When we have one foot in and one foot out, it allows us to have a reason to fail, to quit and to play the victim. If you’re finding yourself in any of these states it’s because you’re not 100% committed.Is you’re wobbling on your commitment, what could you do to strengthen it? Amber and ClementineOil on panel, 9" x 12" What would allow you to be totally committed and not look back?I...Read More