Christopher Gallego Painting Studio, Brooklyn, NY 2008-2009

Selling your art? Stay out of the way.

From the moment it's available, ideally, from the moment you begin, don't think of your art as your creation. Think of yourself as the caretaker. You simply helped the work along...

Artist: Christopher Gallego, "PLatter, 2001, Oil on board, 12 x 15 in., Private Collection, Acton, MA

Artists: don’t ever do another painting.

The best painters connect passionately with whatever is in front of them (or inside) and their art flows from that passion.

Mid-Career & Middle-Age

There’s always that little bit of visual bias living inside you and making mischief, usually at the most inconvenient time. It’s important to know it’s there, embrace it, and then learn the tricks to override it.

“How dare you not love my art.”

The less time spent dwelling on a work in progress the more emotionally detached you become and the internal and external critics lose their power.

Christopher Gallego, Teapot, 1997, Oil on board, 9 x 12 in., Private Collection

“…Copernicus called, and you are not the center of the universe.”

The ego is like a semi-opaque screen that can interfere with a painter’s vision. By taking attention off oneself and the outcome, an artist can connect more deeply with his or her subject while eliminating most of the anxiety that comes with the setbacks.

Christopher Gallego, American, b. 1959, Surf #2, 2016, oil on board, 9 x 12 in., Sold

The Perfect Response to Your Art. And the Worst.

Dear fellow painters…”It looks like a photo”, are not my favorite words either.

Stop Worrying

Artists are a particularly worrisome bunch. We worry about everything,"Is my work good enough, will it be seen and appreciated, am I making any progress, will lesser talents get more recognition, can I ever measure up to the great masters?"