What does it take

What does it take to become the best? What does it take to change your life? What does it take to drag yourself up? There are as many different types of people in this world as there are… well, people! And for the majority of them it takes quite a bit to move them onto…

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A New Favorite

What do you like to hear when someone sees one of your paintings for the 1st time? “Thomas Kinkade move over”, “That looks just like a picture?” Okay, those are actually some of the things that are like nails on a blackboard. What I really like to hear is things that involve, “feel”, or “senses”…

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The Biggest Compliment?

We have grown up getting compliments for things we do well, and then criticized when we do something wrong. It’s pretty much bred into us. As an infant the entire family will clap and jump for joy when accidentally roll over on your back. And then all the high fives you give your kids when…

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Do You See What I See?

A star, a star, dancing in the night, with a tail as big as a kite. The holidays are about over for this season, just New Years and then Ground Hogs Day is coming up, but then we’ve got a bit of a break. I had hoped to take this holiday time to get a…

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Heavy Metal Thunder

Not the normal sound one hears as they paint the countryside. I would like to think I am a very cautious man. For instance, in the world of power tools I always use every precaution and if a safety device is not functioning I will just not use it. I always wear a seat belt,…

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Deja Vu

There is something I totally missed out on in all my years as a “studio” artist. Well there are a lot of things, but let’s focus on the relevant for a bit. It’s not something I noticed till recently, though I’ve now been painting as a plein air artist for 2 years and 3 months…

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Too many Fires

You into  “Buzz Words?”  What is it that everyone in the world is trying to be a master of anymore? Multitasking! In these days and times if you are not proficient at doing many things at once it seems like you are being left behind, or at least I feel that way. In this rat…

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Saving the Best for Last

As I pass around the trays of food at the table loading on portions of everything that comes my way I of course try to get away with putting a little bit more of my favorite. Sometimes it’s not possible when there are measured servings, but I do look for opportunities. I’m not the type…

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Escape from the Crazy

When life gets all crazy all around you, what do you do to escape? I spent much of my life trying to find things to remove many of the pressures that the world puts on you, I mean there are a lot of pressures that face us on a daily basis. Fortunately I have not…

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Mumbo-Jumbo

Recently attending the Oil Painters of America Salon show in Petoskey, MI, Signature artist and juror Marc Hanson was giving a demo on painting a “nocturnal” painting. If you haven’t seen Marc’s work, do check it out, beautiful stuff I’m telling you. Marc studied under none other than Master Artist Richard Schmid. The demo was…

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