My painting process – start to finish

I'm a simple man. I like simple things and I prefer to follow a repeatable process than wing things. You'll see me painting the same painting over and over again, with slight modifications each time. That's how you get better at things. By repetition. Bruce Lee said something like he…

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Do you really need to be inspired?

You know why most artists starve? Because most artists either lack a work ethic or decent social skills. I know this from experience. My wife and I over the years have gone to tons of art galleries and have met countless artists. As ruthless as this sounds, that's another reason…

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On Artists and Free Speech

One huge beef I have with a lot of today's artists - in the 1980s, artists stood together for Free Speech. "I may not like what you have to say, but I will die to defend your Right to say it." You'd hear artists make that proclamation. Musicians teamed up…

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Why Bob Ross is one of my heroes

Are you a Bob Ross fan? I am. Big time. Not just for his painting lessons. But also his mindset. You ever see Bob Ross freak out? Heck, if the zombie invasion started, he would have just kept painting. Chill AF. In a zone. He'd even take his mistakes and…

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Experience is the best teacher

If you're in STEM, sure, by all means get all the degrees you need. But I may come across as a brutal realist when it comes to art. I've done my art school classes. A whopping two of them. And been friends with Art majors. Not coincidentally, none of them…

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My top ten artists in order

Yes, I wrote my artistic influences last month. But I decided to put some order to it. And note, these are my personal influences. Not necessarily who I think are the absolute best artists in the world. For example, Judas Priest is my favorite band. Do they write the best…

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What you need to mat prints

This is the first blog post that I'm co-writing with my wife. After all, she's putting it all together. I'm just supplying the artwork. Quick background. Allie and I have been working on the game recently and Roxy and I have been cramming to get ready for a second show…

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7 tips for Pinup Artists

I've written before about what I look for in a Pinup Model. This article is slightly different. Rather, here are 7 tips for Pinup Artists. I love pinup art. I always have and always will. Among my favorites - Frank Frazetta (although he's a Fantasy artist but his work overlaps…

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3 side money tips for artists

We all know the obvious top three ways artists make money - selling paintings, teaching, and commissioned works. But we're not talking about the obvious ways to make money for artists. We're talking about side money. And more importantly, two of these methods will make you money in your sleep.…

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You can teach yourself how to draw

At the age of 42, I still got intimidated by the drawings parents put on the fridge that their bratty kid did. Yes, those brats were more talented than I was. But, I finally said to myself I wanted to learn to draw. I was sick of being outdone by…

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