Art and Life

The Consistently Inconsistent Artist

October 2016 Newsletter  It was an unfortunate conversation: a relentless boss, a tired college student, and a less than stellar performance that ended around 3:00 a.m. My first bartending job was particularly dreadful, and thankfully brief.  As the hours, smoke, and bullying from…(continue reading)

Another Month, Another Creative Mess!

Newsletter 5/14/16 What are your creative rituals?  Do you exercise, or put on music before you work?  What about when the work is finished?  How do you process what you've completed? Back when I painted on more of a schedule, my artwork piled up quickly in the kitchen.  I…(continue reading)

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)

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)

How Life Influences Artistic Choices

Whether you appreciate or create art (or both), there are many factors that influence your artistic taste and style. Childhood memories, places you've visited, emotions you feel in response to events are examples of what might influence your taste in art. Growing up in Southern California has…(continue reading)