Journal

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 to…

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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 grad…

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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 by…

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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 in…

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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 derivatives…

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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 small…

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Water Lilies and Zen

I went out four times in July to paint pond lilies and almost gave up after the second try. Every plein air painting experience has its challenges, but the rewards make it “mostly” worthwhile so I continued to try. This post is a summary of that experience. Plein air paintings of water lilies There’s just…

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Should Artists Keep Art Journals?

I have journals and notebooks scattered all around my home. I love them. And I love to write in them. I’m just not very consistent about when I write or what the purpose of my writing should be. So sometimes, often, I have two or three journals going at once and I’m writing about different…

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Why Paint in a Tradition?

I’m a plein air landscape artist and I do some still life paintings when the weather is bad or it’s just too cold to stand outside for three hours. I live in Minnesota. Today, I can say that I paint in the tradition of painterly realism, but it took some time for me to identify…

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The Gift of Dreaming

SPRING ICE, 3 x 3 inches, polymer clay on birch panel. NFS   Until about 30 years ago, painting with oils on canvas was part of my everyday life. Then I stopped painting. Sometime after that I also stopped remembering my dreams. And that made me sad, because I loved my dreams and considered them a gift…

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