Having trouble composing a large painting? Think small. Working in a series of smaller pieces is not only fun but it's a great way to build a larger work.Read More
There are plenty of mistakes and wrong turns I have made in my art career.
Three stand out from the others for me, and I'm sure that you'll be able to relate to them.Read More
Composing an abstract floral painting is very different than composing a fully abstract painting, at least for me. The stages of composition and design are vastly different and in this video I will be sharing with you each of my 6 distinct stages of painting my abstract florals.Read More
In this video I explain 3 basic principles that are easy to remember and that will make a positive impact on each and every one of your paintings.Read More
When you find a specific color you want to use in a painting do you know how to mix it? I have quick way to match the color you want to use with a basic recipe for creating it.Read More
In this video, I walk you through my thinking process as I decide what I need to do to create a more effective composition in the middle of my process of creating a large abstract painting.Read More
In this video, you can watch me finish the painting I started in last week's video and I demonstrate how to change the composition to keep the viewer's eyes moving around your painting.Read More
How do you go from having an idea and inspiration for a painting to executing it on the canvas? In this blog, I share my own simple quick solution.Read More
A successful painting to me is one that draws the viewer in from a distance and then engages their interest close up.Read More
Aiming for perfection and being afraid of making a wrong decision actually get in the way of creating successful paintings.Read More
What do you do when you need some color inspiration for your painting? Whether you’re about to begin a painting or you’re in the middle of one and you’re stuck because you don’t know what colors you want use next, I have an idea you might find useful.Read More
How do you begin an abstract painting, especially a really large one? After many years of painting I have found a way to begin that works well for me, which I am going to demonstrate in the short video today.
There are lots of reasons you might regret it if you don’t keep good records of your works.Read More
Do you struggle at times to come up with compositions of shapes for your paintings?
And do you hesitate to try a shape on the canvas because you don't want to make a mistake?Read More
You can create a lot of really interesting effects in your abstract paintings by employing surprising tools that you'll find in your kitchen drawers, cupboards and other parts of your house.Read More
It's a simple idea, but it really works!
Whether I'm stuck in a painting or just looking for new ideas to inspire me, dipping into my Creativity Jar can kick things loose and give new life to my painting process.Read More
One of the most creative people I know is Isa Austen, a painter, photographer, model and florist in West Seattle who says she only realized in her 70s that she is truly an artist.Read More
Have you ever wanted a simple, quick way to come up with abstract painting ideas? I have just the thing for you.Read More
Have you ever gotten stuck in a painting and felt like it was failing? Believe me, I’ve been there.Read More
Studying the works of artists you like is a fantastic way to learn new techniques that you can apply in your own work.Read More