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Be inspired!

This week’s blog post is about inspiration. As artists and artful life seekers, we need inspiration.

Creative Hot Spot

Your creative hot spot is your launch pad

The place that feeds your soul.

This week I’m going to talk about something pretty important to creative types. 

Dreams Are The Parallel You

Dreams are the parallel you

I know we all have hopes and dreams. Sometimes these hopes and dreams can be thought of as a parallel you, there, walking beside you after having made your hopes and dreams a reality.

The Deterioration of Art

Deteriorated closed sign

This is not the kind of thing I like to make as a headline, but the world of art is going through challenging times. I think artists everywhere are seeing the shuttering of art galleries.

Reaching For The Sky

Reaching for the sky

When we begin our creativity there are those overwhelming factors that can bring the house down before the foundation is even built.

Your Artful Life Taking Root

Watch your artful life grow!

You feel it? It’s your imagination in action. It’s inspiration stimulating the inner creative you, and ideas taking root.

Doodling is for the Brain

What is the best way to doodle?

When I meet creative wannabes, who tell me they have wanted to draw or paint, or even get back to it, but they’re having a hard time, I tell them all the same thing, doddle. There I am, at an art event or even a social evening and someone is either knowing or finding out I’m an artist, the conversation takes a familiar turn.  In front of me becomes someone who admits they’re craving to be artistic, but no clue how to begin.

Breaking With Tradition

Breaking tradition bicycle with yellow tires

Tradition, the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way. This description is courtesy of Google. So let me share a thought. Sometimes I dislike tradition, especially when it comes to art. 

Elon Musk

Elon Musk's Tesla launch into space.

I recently read an article, which I’m sharing with you here, by Kyle Chayka with TheVerge.com.  Chayka’s article; Elon Musk made history launching a car into space. Did he make art too?, explores Musk’s recent Space X launch, which was not only a technological wonder, but became an artistic one too!

Working With Celebrities

Paul Newman, Tom & Linda Neel

As one might imagine, in thirty years of painting commissions for clients, a few might be what we would call - celebrities. All of my clients are important to me, and all have certainly been important and/or notable to someone. But a celebrity is usually one who has a constant audience. They walk into a room with an almost pre announced presence. One where most know who they are and their name, while they might not know anyone’s name. Weird isn’t it?

Working From Photos

Using photography in art

In today’s world of painters, certainly tools are an important part of the job. We can also look at tools as technology. Now many artists, especially those that deem themselves as purists, hate the word technology. They think of its use as cheating. Yet many wouldn’t think it was wrong to use a ruler to make a straight line, and whether you like it or not, a ruler is absolutely a simple form of technology. So is a pen, pencil and easer for that matter. They, like most technology, all use science and invention to make a task easier, or more efficient and often more precise.

Are You Having Fun With Creativity?

Are you having fun with art and creativity?

I used to spend time on the racetrack, cars and motorcycles that is, and it’s known to the experienced, that the inexperienced need to be reminded to breathe. All the going fast and heavy concentration can be so overwhelming that newcomers literally end up holding their breath. They forget to breathe. So, guess what, often they forget to have fun too! They do go hand and hand. Being so focused, and yes, fearful of making a mistake, breathing and having fun become directly affected.

Make Your Point, Your Focal Point

Make sure your painting has a focal point!

I could make this particular blog post very short or very long, but I’m going to keep it to the point!  Art is simply a form of creative expression.

Creativity - Decisions and Adjustments

Decisions, decisions!


Art begins with a vision, but it’s a whole bunch of tiny decisions that make it a reality. If you paint paintings, or dance or sculpt or write, or even act, the completed work is always the process and results of hundreds of small decisions, movements or words. It is their collective being which creates a whole. In a sense, one small change in any one of those decisions is the creation of a new piece of art.

When Frustration Calls


Every artist will find times of frustration. It goes with our world as much as the bliss of being lost in creation. Those times when time itself seems to stand still and we awake from the process of being engrossed in that which we love, and yet the hands on the clock did move, a lot.

There’s Only One Reason To Raise Your Prices

Selling art isn't for the reckless.

Because you can! Not because you should. Your market dictates your prices, not you. So what do I mean by - because you can? It means because you can and your art will still sell. Not just because you feel like it. You may feel like buying a new car too, and maybe you can technically obtain it through financing. But that doesn’t mean you should, or that you can really afford it, does it?

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