Musings

How is Painting a Form of Meditation?

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Have you ever found yourself deep in the process of painting and realized you’ve lost all track of time?
 
Or that you’re really hungry but forgot all about eating?
 
How about realizing that you’ve completely neglected to water your plants?
 
Or even stopped to drink water?
 
Or worse yet, that you now realize you have to pee like crazy?
 
Of course you have! It’s common for people to report that they’ve become completely immersed in...

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What Can I Do To Feel Good?

 
Most of us use our current conditions to dictate how we feel.
 
If things are going well, we feel good about them.
 
But if life has soured, we don’t feel so hot.
 
We’re like a raft upon the sea, tossed about by the waves and the wind. Calm waters, calm emotions. Choppy waters, chaotic feelings.
 
But the game of life has been rigged in our favor, and we only need to know the rules in order to succeed.
 
Here’s rule number one: You can...

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How To Be The Painter You Are In Your Dreams...

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Do you dream big?
 
Do you imagine yourself to be a highly sought after artist who creates irresistible work?
 
Do you have aspirations to be known far and wide as a master artist?
 
You could be, you know. In fact, if you have that dream, then you already are! You see, what you imagine, what you hold as a powerful desire, already exists! It’s simply a matter of practicing yourself into believing it, or at least, not practicing any...

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Why Do Flowers Make Us Happy?

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Do Flowers Really Make Us Happy?

In my last blog post, I discussed why we love flowers. 

And the short answer is 'because flowers make us happy'.

Flowers happen to be something about which I am truly passionate.

Most people agree that flowers have the potential to make us happy, and that specific flowers stimulate us deeply to feel positive emotions like peace, calm, serenity, even elation.
 
This article in Psychology Today attempts to address some of the evolutionary and...

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Why Do We Love Flowers?

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What is it we love so much about buds?

Humans have been drawn to the enchanting attraction of flowers for millennia. 

And with Valentine's Day recently passing us, and with spring only weeks away, we will soon be surrounded by natures parade of blossoms.

So I wonder....

Why?

What is it about flowers that captures our attention?

The logical answer is that we love their beauty, color, shape, and fragrance.

But that answer seems....incomplete.

It just feels like the true answer is deeper,...

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What Type Of Paint Should I Use? - Oil Paint vs Watercolor

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Oil vs. Watercolor - What type of paint should I use?

Part of the fun in being an artist is making your own rules!

You get to choose....

  • What you paint.
  • Where you paint.
  • What you paint on.
  • What paint to use.

I believe in the freedom of artistry and letting an artists find their own method of expression.

But I love giving some insight into the different options that an artist has to express themselves. And today, we'll discuss oil paints vs watercolor paints. 

Oil Paints are paints...

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Cross country tour, Part 3, and further thoughts, with reflections on the year 2018

I dropped the ball on recounting our cross-country tour soon after we arrived back home. Life has a way of interrupting our momentum, especially when we turn our attention toward other matters. With the year 2018 now in the rearview mirror, I thought it a good time to finish recounting the big trip from the fall, since we’re about to hit to the road again for a “short” trip along the Eastern US.  More about that in a bit.

After Houston and the remarkable rendezvous with...

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What should I charge for my paintings?

I have a question for you....

Do you paint for fun?

Or....

Do you paint for money?

If you ask me, I paint for both!

I LOVE to paint! I always have.

In my mind, there is nothing in the world quite like bringing an image to life after it has been filtered through my mind.

And then.... 

I LOVE selling my artwork to people who see value in my creation.

Talk about the ultimate validation of my creativity! 

So many of my students also sell their masterpieces to people who appreciate their...

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Do you love to paint?

Contrary to popular belief, artists rarely love EVERYTHING they create.

And sometimes, professional artists are actually DISAPPOINTED with something they have created.

This is a common occurrence which almost always has a similar cause.

What is the cause?

Nine times out of ten, the artist is disappointed in their work because they didn’t LOVE the process of creating the work!

Loving the process is the key to creating satisfying, successful paintings, and being able to repeat this...

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Reflections on a Road Well-Travelled, Part 2

After the first Houston workshop, we went right away for a walk and then settled into our evening. I didn’t post the completed demo until the next morning, Friday. Then we got going on the next workshop, same location, new group, and away we went. At our first break, I noticed someone had posted on Instagram that they lived in Houston and would love to take the workshop. Is that possible? I suggested they DM us and we could work something out. The workshop continued. That afternoon,...

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