The Making of "April Pansies"

The Making of "April Pansies"

The making of this piece began this past winter with a decision to focus on improving my craft. I made a list of masters I wanted to learn from, and set a goal to complete a certain number of master studies. Among them was a gorgeous painting that I had just seen from the master Daniel Keys, entitled ‘January Pansies.’

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12 Art Books that Changed My Life

12 Art Books that Changed My Life

Feeling stuck in your painting practice? Looking to learn more techniques, better understand how to use your tools, or just want to bone up on anatomy? (Ha.) Here are the 12(ish) books that led me to one breakthrough or another, complete with links in case you’d like to pick them up on Amazon.

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What’s On My Palette

What’s On My Palette

I’ve experimented with my palette for quite a while, and studied under a variety of artists all of whom had different go-to pigments. Ultimately I’ve landed at pretty close to the master, Richard Schmid’s palette, but with a couple of additions, exceptions and different approaches learned along the way.

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You Need a Journey

You Need a Journey

I have a love/hate relationship with goals. More specifically, I loathe how resolutions set us up to fail, but find myself setting goals as my go-to journaling activity.

And yet, the first thing I wanted to do in 2019 was decide what I wanted to accomplish this year.

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My Top Ten Studio Essentials

My Top Ten Studio Essentials

Whether it’s at a workshop or on Instagram, I’m often asked about several of my go-to tools that I wouldn’t paint without. Some ‘holy grail’ items I’ve swapped out for others as I’ve tested new products, but these ten I’ve only grown to rely on and more while recommending them more often.

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