"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 a semi-opaque screen that interferes with a painter’s vision.
Tale the attention off yourself. And the outcome.

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 the things that make art such a treat to look at. […]

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 be argued with, they’re hard to forget. 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.  Know it or not, art collectors respond to the intangibles such as the artist’s […]

on the spirit of play

Pablo Picasso Artists 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! You’re not on trial.”  If that doesn’t work then I’ll belt out a bit of opera in my flat voice just to make them laugh. Richard Serra, arguably one of the most serious artists […]