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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 paper Available on Daily Paintworks    Rejection… read more

Painting is Like No Other Activity

Newsletter 03/19/2015   “The Road to Reno” pastel on flat canvas Details  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 themselves in an activity that directly involves their… read more

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 surface (any sort of textured… read more

Creating a Variety of Textures with Pastel

The versatility of pastel: creating works with unique textures    “Tropical Night” 17 x 21 Mixed Media on Paper Click here to view details    One of my favorite things about pastel is its versatility.  If I feel like following a time-tested, traditional method of using pastel, I can take out some textured paper and… read more

Winged Inspiration

Painting butterflies: why are they so appealing to artists?                          “Fleeting” 4 x 5.5 Pastel on Paper                       “Perched” 4.5 x 5.5 Pastel on Paper Purchase or View Large           … read more

Wind in My Bones

Oceanside Days of Art: A Gloriously Windy Event   My booth at the art fair April 26th-27th, a pastel demo (koi pond) I think I came up with my epitaph after this event! I don’t envision myself having a tombstone when I’m gone, but if I were to have one, I’d like the following quote… read more

Creating Art and Exercising

Creating art and exercising…what’s the connection? Creating art shares many similarities with exercising.  It can serve as a mood lifter, a mental booster, and a physical outlet for energy.  As with exercise, you can start out tired, but get warmed up and enjoy yourself by the end of a painting session.  There’s probably a time… read more

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 given me a strong connection to light. This… read more

Harvesting Color and Mood

It’s funny how color has such a strong impact on the mood of a painting. “Bitter Harvest” 6 x 9 Pastel on paper Click here to view large or see purchase details   Fall is normally a happy time for me: the weather is cooler and the local scenery comes to life with blazing complementary colors. … read more

Who Qualifies as an Art Lover?

The term “art lover” pops up a lot in art marketing.  What does it mean to be an art lover?   “Beach Stroll” 9 x 12 Pastel on Paper Click here to view details   When I hear the phrase “art lover,” I tend to visualize people with a glass of wine in their hands trying… read more

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