Archive for the Category ‘Creativity’

What Van Gogh Taught Me About Painting Materials

What Van Gogh Taught Me About Painting Materials

I’m working on my next DVD (which relates to Van Gogh) and have been reading a number of technical reports which give some amazing information on the tools, materials and process of select Van Gogh paintings. I love these reports. They’re not cheap (yes, you have to pay for them!) but they are utterly fascinating.... Read more »

Loving Rejection

Loving Rejection

As artists we all get our fair share of rejection but it doesn’t have to cripple us. We can soar high above it and get what we want by asking. This is such a great video. Please take the 24 or so minutes and watch it. Rejection will not be the same to you once... Read more »

Is a Painting Successful if it Looks Good?

Is a Painting Successful if it Looks Good?

Is a Painting Successful if it Looks Good? If I were standing next to you and you asked me that question I probably would say, “I don’t know, you tell me.” I seem to see/hear a lot of artists wanting to get it right – get the color right, get the proportions right, get the... Read more »

David Hockney Paints his Native Yorkshire DVD

David Hockney Paints his Native Yorkshire DVD

Just watched the beautiful “David Hockney, A Bigger Picture” DVD documentary about his journey as he returns to paint his native Yorkshire. It ‘s a beautiful journey from his main residence in Los Angeles, CA to the landscape he loved as a boy and whom he actually worked in those very East Yorkshire fields when... Read more »

The Painting Materials of Vincent Van Gogh

The Painting Materials of Vincent Van Gogh

So I’m always ( guess you can tell by now) fascinated with artist materials. Of course, It’s not just about materials but I really believe they should be studied like a musician studies his guitar. Funny, I happened to catch a YouTube video the other day of one of my guitar heroes called Mark Knopfler... Read more »

Do What You Love

Do What You Love

Here’s a very inspiring video on the topic of “Doing What You Love.” by Gary Vanyerchuk. It’s a recorded TED Talk from 2010 but find it just as inspiring today. For those of you who don’t know Mr. Vaneychuk he took his parents wine business from a 2-3 million dollar operation to a staggering 50... Read more »

Neil Gaiman’s Inspired Commencement Speech on the Arts

Neil Gaiman’s Inspired Commencement Speech on the Arts

This is one of the best, most inspired commencement speeches by author Neil Gaiman you will probably ever hear. It’s right up there with the famous Stanford speech by Steve Jobs. This is a commencement speech for the University of the Arts School, so, of course, it has to do with the arts, making art,... Read more »

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