Blue Skies were the Inspiration for this Painting

Blue skies smiling at me nothing but blue skies do I see. ~Ella Fitzgerald, Singer  I never get tired of blue skies. ~Vincent Van Gogh, Painter The traveler who has gone to Italy to study the tactile values of Giotto, or the corruption of the Papacy, may return remembering nothing but the blue sky andContinue reading “Blue Skies were the Inspiration for this Painting”

Beginner's Mind

Experiment in art school. Then, choose a medium and a subject (i.e., landscape, portrait, etc.) and work hard if you want to be successful. That advice is well-intentioned and logical, but all work and no play can make anyone dull or bored. I’m far from bored with painting or with landscapes. The landscape offers somethingContinue reading “Beginner's Mind”

At the Heart of Plein Air Painting

Unlike Realism, Modern, Contemporary, or Impressionism, plein air painting is not a style of painting. It could be considered a tradition in this sense: Traditional art is art that is part of a culture of a certain group of people, with skills and knowledge passed down through generations from masters to apprentices. Yes, there areContinue reading “At the Heart of Plein Air Painting”

Photographing Artwork

Photographing artwork can be easy or difficult depending on your expectations. If you just want a photo of your artwork and you don’t care if the color is accurate, then taking a photo is easy. Just lay your artwork on a flat surface or place it against something upright and take a photo with yourContinue reading “Photographing Artwork”

Why I Paint on Canvas Panels

I do a lot of plein air painting and stretched canvases don’t fit the need. I carry everything I need to do a painting—paints, brushes, paper towels, brush cleaner, and panels to paint on—in a backpack. By necessity, plein air paintings are usually smaller than paintings done in a studio, because we also have toContinue reading “Why I Paint on Canvas Panels”

How Awareness has Helped Me Paint Better

I’m glad you’re here! I understand your presence here and now to mean that you’re generally interested in art and maybe interested in what artists think about the work of making art. My interests are somewhat narrower. I’m interested in painting and what painters think about the work of painting. When I was in gradContinue reading “How Awareness has Helped Me Paint Better”

Prosperity Habits for Artists

The myth of the starving artist is a MYTH that got a foothold in society’s consciousness in the 19th Century, when a man named Henri Murger wrote a tragic love story about Bohemian artists Mimi and Rudolfo. Murger lived among a group of uneducated, poor Bohemians in Paris. He knew that readers are entertained byContinue reading “Prosperity Habits for Artists”

Plein Air on the Prairie

The vivid gold and rust colors of the 6-foot-tall prairie grasses warm the winter landscape here in southern Minnesota. I was surprised at how tall and beautiful the grass was as I walked down a path that’s maintained for walkers at a nature center. I could barely see over the top of the grass inContinue reading “Plein Air on the Prairie”

Who has Rights to Artwork?

When someone buys a piece of artwork, who really owns it? The creator or the buyer? Under copyright law, the creator has the exclusive right to: Distribute the work in any form Make copies of the work in any fixed form (digital or print) Display the work in pubic or on a website Make derivativesContinue reading “Who has Rights to Artwork?”

100 Paintings Project

This is your opportunity to buy original oil paintings at amazing prices. Starting August 23, I’ll be doing a 6 X 8-inch painting every day for 100 days and selling them. The day 1 painting will cost $10 + $8 shipping. The day 2 painting will cost $11, day 3 $12, and so on. These smallContinue reading “100 Paintings Project”