Category: Behind The Curtain

  • 2018, I hardly knew you!

    I can’t believe it’s the end of the year already. That makes sense considering I slept through the first 8 months. To date, besides a few measly paintings for 30 in 30 back in January, I have not completed one painting this year. It’s so easy to beat myself up about that, but the sacrifice […]

  • Vindication

    Vindication

    I have long held a belief about how to learn art. I feel like it’s an obvious belief and I know many of my artist friends feel the same so it’s not revolutionary, yet, many art schools seem to miss it entirely. Technical skill is super freaking important. Concept is also super freaking important, but […]

  • Studio, Sweet Studio

    I am already back in Illinois and I’m starting to move into my temporary studio for the rest of the year or so. The weather has been much warmer and I’m changing a few things with the ol’ art biz. I didn’t want to wait to start if the weather was as nice as it […]

  • What A Year!

    I think we are all ready for this year to be over. Aren’t we always though? I want to take the last day of the year to reflect on everything I accomplished in 2016. A lot of people do these types of posts and I don’t know about anyone else, but sometimes I forget all […]

  • Basic Color Theory: Part 2 Complementary Colors

    Basic Color Theory: Part 2 Complementary Colors

    So, now you know your primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. Now, it gets good. Complementary Colors Oooooh yeah. This is why the color wheel is not arbitrary. Other than the fact that every color leads to another and it shows you which colors make the other colors, but whatev. Here’s that color wheel again:   […]

  • Basic Color Theory: Part 1

    Basic Color Theory: Part 1

    What’s the big deal about color theory? Thank God, somebody finally asked me. I’ll tell you.   That right there is a color wheel.  It shows your Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary colors.  When I picture a color wheel, my reds are to the left and blues to the right, but as long as they are […]

  • The Story Behind Thank You:

    The Story Behind Thank You:

    This is one of my favorite paintings I have done. I went to Thailand, a place I’d been wanting to see for years.  In Thailand, when they say thank you, they place their hands in prayer position and bow slightly. I kid you not, I went on a 3-hour boat tour. It was really amazing. […]

  • The Birth Of A Legend…

    The Birth Of A Legend…

    Or, why I started blogging. Ya know, whichever. I love blogs in general. I love seeing a glimpse into people’s lives and knowing I’m not alone. I love reading how they react to the bad in life and celebrate the good. I tend to get in the grumpy, “I hate people,” mode, but blogs help […]

  • I’mma Let The Poor Artist Myth Finish, But…

    I’mma Let The Poor Artist Myth Finish, But…

    It’s wrong. Yes, some of the best artists ever  were poor artists and died penniless, but can we just stop? Do you know why these people died penniless? They weren’t appreciated. People didn’t recognize genius when it was right in front of them. How could they? That’s part of why it’s genius. No one else […]

  • This Guy Spray Paints Flea Market Finds. You Won’t Believe What He Does Next!

    This Guy Spray Paints Flea Market Finds. You Won’t Believe What He Does Next!

    Can we talk? I mean, really talk? You may know, if you look slightly to your right, I wrote a book on how to buy art. Part of that very short book is discussing ways on not getting ripped off.   Ask about materials, is there are guarantee, etc. I realized tonight, I need to expand […]

  • 6 Reasons Rothko Is Not A Joke.

    6 Reasons Rothko Is Not A Joke.

    Rothko, Picasso, Pollock. Those poor guys. So misunderstood by the masses. I, and I’m sure you, have heard over and over how bad these artists are and a kid could do it, etc. Maybe even said it yourself. I know I hated Picasso. His figures were grotesque. I saw a meme an artist created about […]

  • Why I Don’t Agree With “Inspiration Is For Amateurs.”

    Why I Don’t Agree With “Inspiration Is For Amateurs.”

    At least, not entirely. I’ve been having this discussion since art school. Mostly with kids in art school who learned simply to parrot what sounded cool instead of considering what it actually meant.  After one such occasion, when a girl snobbishly used that quote to argue a point I had made, I replied: Waiting to […]

  • What Not To Do When Dating An Artist:

    What Not To Do When Dating An Artist:

    Everyone has an opinion. We all know this. I’m either told I’ll never make it or people gush on a regular basis. There’s never an in between. No one says, “Meh, you’re okay.” or, “You can earn a moderate income doing that.” Although, I have gotten a couple, “You’re not my taste,” which is a […]