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.

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?" 

What advice would you give the person you were ten years ago?

"Internal pressure to sell each piece can easily put the kibosh on experimentation..."

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