Category Archives: Inspiration – Beyond Just Painting

I Know Magic When I See It

I’ve been shouting from rooftops recently. My voice is a little hoarse and my neighbors are a little deaf from the persistent refrain, “Have you read ‘Big Magic’ yet? Go out and buy this book NOW. No, I mean RIGHT … Continue reading

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I Often Think of Ted

In the mid 90s I was lucky enough to take a workshop from the inspirational Ted Goerschner. A tall, manly man with a “Tom Selleck” mustache and a gun rack in the back of his truck, Goerschner was a contradiction … Continue reading

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Your Three Words – A New Kind of Resolution

Happy New Year!! And, no, those are not your three words.  I have a little story to tell that starts out sounding kind of maudlin, but if you bear with me it could change your life.  Seriously. How’s that for … Continue reading

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Beauty, Silence and Prayer

Today I revisited the Richard Serra sculpture, “Sequence” at the Cantor Museum on the Stanford Campus. It is a monumental, awe-inspiring work made of ship steel plates that twist and curve to form elegant and stunning spaces. At every turn … Continue reading

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The Dance of Avoidance

They say the true artist has to create. The artist has no choice. Artists speak of being virtually driven to the studio. One, or two days away from their artistic endeavors and by the third day they are almost mad. … Continue reading

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Working with Photographs

Five Elements to Consider When Selecting a Reference Photograph for Figurative Work A photograph should be considered a “jumping off point” to create your own image. Many artists work from photos collected over the years. Sources can include our own … Continue reading

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