“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.

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?" 

11 Exhibition Tips for the Newbies

If you’re serious about showing your art then don’t wait until you feel your training is completely over. Start small and get into the game as soon as you can.

A Note to a Student

The following is an e-mail that I sent to a student just after one of our private classes.  We had discussed whether to push a particular piece a little further and risk losing some of the freshness and spontaneity ... Nobody loves beautiful paint, brushwork, and an expressive touch more than I do. These are … Continue reading A Note to a Student

What Kind of Art Sells?

  Giorgio Morandi  Answer: "Great Art Sells" This from an art dealer that I met years ago.  And although her words can certainly be argued with, I've never forgotten them. While it's impossible to define great art, I think she meant that artists typically sell their strongest work and that subject matter is secondary.  Knowingly or … Continue reading What Kind of Art Sells?

on the spirit of play

  Pablo Picasso Most of the artists I know can get way too serious. Though I don't always practice what I preach, I'm always telling my students to lighten up, with the reminder,"People; It's just a painting!"...or something along those lines... "You're not on trial."  If that doesn't work  then I'll belt out a bit of … Continue reading on the spirit of play