Out of the Dust

Peaceful Inspiration

Newsletter 10/8/15 Even on a crowded day at the beach, I find the ocean peaceful. "Peace and Quiet" 9 x 12 Pastel on Paper  At a popular hotel, the koi pond is another source of inspiration.  "Kabuki Koi Pond" 14 x 18 Pastel on Flat Canvas  Do you find yourself…(continue reading)

Is it bad for your art to match the couch?

Newsletter 7/18/15  About that whole "art matching the couch" thing: I don't think it's bad if people buy art to match the couch.   "Sprig" 9 x 12 Pastel on paper    I once was introduced by a friend-of-a-friend at a festival, who happened to enjoy painting in his spare time...(continue reading)

Newsletter from 5/28: Failing with Flying Colors

I write a lot about failure and rejection.  I don't do it to intentionally bring down anybody's mood; instead, I want to share how integral failure and rejection are to the artistic-- and human-- experience as a whole.  "The Bookeeper" 5.5 x 8 inch pastel on drawing paperAvailable on Daily...(continue reading)

Painting is Like No Other Activity

Newsletter 03/19/2015 "The Road to Reno" pastel on flat canvasDeatails  In a world flush with the constant stream of chatter, news, likes and downvotes, it often seems there are few opportunities for doing something both quiet and productive.  Artists have a unique opportunity to submerge...(continue reading)

Five Benefits to Using Pastel

If you're new to pastels, or haven't tried them yet, here are a few things I love about using soft pastels.  "Bitter Harvest" (Painted on orange-toned paper) 1) Colorfastness Pastels come in a wide array of colors, most of them wonderfully vivid!  Using pastel on an appropriate...(continue reading)