Painting my personal truth (another way of saying this is painting with authenticity) is the best way I know how to make work that is meaningful, sustainable, fresh, magnetic, beautiful and inspiring.
So every once in a while, I like to check in with myself and ask the following 5 questions to help me make sure I am on the right track.
The key here is to answer the questions. The only way to calibrate your creative compass is to take the time and do the mental work to answer these questions for yourself.
Every once in a while, I like to check in and ask myself the following 5 questions to make sure I am on the right track. I suggest you answer these as honesty as you possibly can:
Tyson and I had fun practicing our video making skills. I was so nervous I took a shot of rum to help me loosen up. I hate to promote alcohol, but it worked!
I hope you enjoy this short video demonstrating how I varnish my paintings using a paint roller. It's one of the most popular questions I get from my students. Let me know what you think?!
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Hey Sam, I’m interested in how to sign a painting, I usually sign my last name in sharpie in the bottom right corner. I’m not in love with my signature. I’ve tried many variations. I m curious how you sign a triptych.... do you sign them all or just one? Thoughts about signing the side canvas?
Thank you for your input. S
True to my “I refuse to read paint product labels” philosophy, my method for varnishing is quite unorthodox. It involves using varnish in ways that are not recommended by artists and paint companies. Still, I love my way of varnishing! It’s quick, easy and hassle free. So despite all of the contradictory advice out there, I am going to keep using varnish in my own way, and I hope you love it too.
Translucent layering is my favorite technique to create depth, add harmony & change the mood of my paintings. In the following blog post, I describe 2 types of translucent layering techniques & how to apply them.
Plaster is my super secret weapon of choice when it comes to texture building. In fact, it is so good and effective, that I have often been asked not to share this trade secret with my students (when I teach at some art stores), for fear that they would buy the plaster instead of the products at the art store.
I love textured paintings! Whether this is done by working with acrylic paint alone, the use of different application tools, mediums and/or incorporating mixed media elements, texture is a great way to experiment and create paintings that are uniquely personal. In the following blog post, I share my 2 favorite mediums for creating texture: Gel Medium & Modeling/Molding Paste.
Early in my career, I was met with conflicting advice from two of my favorite instructors concerning whether or not I should paint the sides of my canvas.
Learn how to get over the fear of the blank canvas. This article explores the benefits of toning including my 3-step process on how to do it.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.