The Hawthorne Effect

The Hawthorne Effect

As I consider the teachings of Charles Hawthorne featured in the book Hawthorne on Painting, I am governed by an important thought when it comes to making adjustments to a piece: The areas in my painting I want to fault as lacking necessary detail, may in fact be due...
How is Art Like Surfing?

How is Art Like Surfing?

Have you ever witnessed a popular surfing spot? It makes a great object lesson. Surfers paddle two or three hundred yards out against the tide to get to the perfect spot. While some are struggling to swim, others have caught the big wave. Some are ducking out of the...
Artist or Not

Artist or Not

[This was originally published on the blog of my friend Lori Putnam, a beautiful artist] Have you decided you are an “Artist”? For this, I salute you. It’s a big step. Your decision took courage. You had to come to a place of believing in your merit and individuality....
How do I “make it” as an artist?

How do I “make it” as an artist?

“How do you make it as an artist?” is a question I hear often. The only answer I have is this: One day in 2007 I was sitting at my office desk feeling discouraged because there was very little excitement in my career. Any high points from the past were...
Following The Calling

Following The Calling

Do you ever sense that your artistic ability is a calling? If “yes”, then there must be a caller. Who or what is calling you? Is it the encouragement you received from people in your life? Is it a sense of responsibility? Is it a feeling from a higher power? A...