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Create a hero

Every painting needs a hero that will engage the viewer and become the focal point. In this video, you’ll see the painting come to life from beginning to end with time-lapse and a bit of narrative to highlight how I “saved” my painting and created a...

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3 Tips to for a Better Landscape Painting

Learn some simple tricks to make your landscape paintings more effective, no matter what medium you choose. Also in this video, the entire creation of this painting is captured with...

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Painting in Action: Painting a Dynamic (non-trite) Sunset

Sunsets are great favorites of artists and art lovers for a reason – they’re so gorgeous! How can anyone resist the brilliant color and the always changing show in the sky? However, it’s easy to let that those beautiful pinks, reds and oranges take over...

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Painting in Action: Country Highway

Painting in Action: Country Highway Watch my brief explanation of what I will be doing combined with time-lapse video to capture the creative process. Get first dibs on new paintings.Add your name to my email list for an occasional message about new work, upcoming...

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3 Lessons I Learned from Art That Work for Business

3 Lessons I Learned from Art That Work for Business

I’ve recently been listening to podcasts that feature interviews with successful artists. As I was taking my morning walk Wednesday morning, I realized that much of the advice they were giving worked in the business world as well as the art world.  Nothing beats being...

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Art Buying: Follow Your Heart

How do you know what to buy?  If you were the one who bought the famous work by Banksy a few months ago that, upon the $1.4 million purchase, shredded itself, or you were the person who dropped $66.3 million on a Van Gogh a few years back, you can go back to surfing...

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Serendipity

The upcoming July 4 holiday plus the hoorah about Megan Rapinoe got me thinking about politics and patriotism and art. (I’m always thinking about art.) No matter their politics, I think we can agree most people we know love their country. They – and you, and I – love the United States of America. Art and photography has long been used to gin up patriotic enthusiasm – Declaration of Independence, (1818), commissioned to help unite the fractious new states,

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Art and Patriotism

Art and Patriotism

The upcoming July 4 holiday plus the hoorah about Megan Rapinoe got me thinking about politics and patriotism and art. (I’m always thinking about art.) No matter their politics, I think we can agree most people we know love their country. They – and you, and I – love the United States of America. Art and photography has long been used to gin up patriotic enthusiasm – Declaration of Independence, (1818), commissioned to help unite the fractious new states,

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My favorite tools/toys

If I found a hundred bucks on the sidewalk, I’d look around to see if anyone obvious dropped it. But if the sidewalk was otherwise empty, I’d definitely put the cash in my pocket – and head to the nearest art supply store. Here’s what I’d buy.

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Why do I paint what I paint?

Why do I paint what I paint?

I grew up in a small town in eastern North Carolina with all the pluses and minuses that carries. As I grew into my teens, I was desperate to leave the small town life and embrace big city living. But New York was too scary, Chicago too far away and San Francisco may...

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