Monthly Archives: November 2018

After a Night of Binge: art on steroids

  Binge Drawing is like binge watching of a Netflix series, drinking, eating or whatever. . . . . My mental state usually makes me binge more than most people do, but I recently discovered “Binging Thumbnail Drawing.” It might actually be the first binging that is good for me. Guess the jury’s still out […]

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Street Art Movement Spawned by Murdered Artist

Boy’s Murder Sparks an Art Movement Open this link to the New York Magazine Travel Guide to see the story behind Bogota street art. See how Bogota went from killing a 16-year-old street artist in 2011 to becoming one of the top 10 cities in the world that now hosts events and celebrates its street […]

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Plan to do a Throw-away Painting

New Locations Require Different Thinking I’m a studio painter but I paint plein air with many different artists. When traveling to a new location for a paintout, many tell me to expect to throw away the first painting, or at least take the pressure off and consider going into the first painting that it likely […]

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Purple: my new favorite color

Color with A Great Range As I work with Purple, I’m finding it has such a great range of colors and has the ability for me to complement or support other colors in combination with it. Since purple is made of blue and red, for this painting, it was easy to go from the notan […]

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Composition is like learning to ride a bike

Composition Even in my Dreams! I woke up this morning at 3 am thinking of design and composition. For so many of my artists friends, composition is intuitive. For me and many other artist friends, it is not intuitive but instead is a learned skill. I remember my first bicycle. I was so excited. It […]

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Best little motivation idea EVER!

The credit for this goes to Austin Kleon author of “Steal Like an Artist” and “Show Your Work.” I’ve always been a list maker but I found them cumbersome and I’d not be consistent using they. Lists and this new method are very calming influences on my work life. The Accidental Discovery My wife often […]

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Family and Artist Trees: Benefits for Creatives

Developing an Artist Family Tree I discovered Another composition principle, By Hans Hoffman, that is based on color values. It came by surprise from studying what I call my hero Artist’s Family Tree relationships — who were the influences of the modern artists I call my heros? Growing up in a farming family: the family […]

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Composition helps both all artist genres

Abstract and Representational art Composition Often are Related “Points of light #3” composition is another abstract drawing turned into a pastel abstract design. Derived from an abstract set of drawings, this work too began from the use of alternative rock music. Composition and design of this came from conscious and subconscious methods. Originally, three small […]

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I Suffer from a Mental Disorder — Anxiety

Okay. I’ve danced around this issue for about two weeks making references to stress, relief of  the anxiety I feel. Doctors diagnosed me with anxiety disorder in about 2014: classified a mental disorder– so I’m told. My generation hesitates reticently to disclose such things. But it’s a part of who I am and I discovered […]

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Abstract Drawings into Paintings using music as inspiration

I alternate between representational and abstraction Not every drawing has to be recognizable. I love making marks to music and then see what kinds of abstract designs develop. This 5×7 came from a pen and ink abstract sketch made while listening to alternative rock music– my eyes closed. Abstract drawing helps relieve my anxiety too. […]

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