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After 5 years of doing watercolor painting….I still love doing it! I have tried acrylics…but my preference is watercolor. I am drawing more before I do a painting but at times I just let the paints flow! My favorite subjects are landscapes and seascapes. I hang them all around my home and notice that when… read more

Why Artists Need Each Other…

I started painting 4 years ago and when I took my first watercolor class I knew no one and the only thing I knew about watercolor painting is that I loved the medium. After a class or two the five beginners in the class bonded with each other. We had signed up for a beginning… read more

Why do artists enter art competitions?

Today I dropped off a watercolor at a show being held by an art association that I am a member of near my home in Florida. As I helped hang the art I wondered why artists enter art shows. Is it to be part of the art community? Is it because we want recognition? Is… read more

Do artists paint for themselves or for others?

A few days ago an artist friend and I were talking about selling our work. We both have our artwork in gallerys as well as other venues but sales have been scarce this summer. Out of the blue my friend said well even if I don’t sell my work I love painting so much I… read more

Meditation while painting…..

Today I was so involved in my painting that I believe I was in a state of meditation. I felt peaceful, more focused, and attentive to what I was doing. I may have written about this previously but I wonder if any of my artist friends feel this way when they are painting. I know… read more

Can artists learn from their mistakes?

Today I have been thinking about whether I learn from my mistakes. The other day in my studio nothing went right. My piece had too much water, too little paint, people talking distracted me, my mind wandered, and I just had no focus at all….so what did I do? I experimented! I added more water,… read more

If at first you don’t succeed…..

Determination must be my middle name well at least it was today. I drove to my studio determined to paint a seascape with a stormy sky, a boat, a darker sea, as well as some type of reflection of the boat. My first try had a decent sky but there was too much gray and… read more

As an artist who paints the same series, am I in a rut?

I have been wondering lately if I am in a rut because I have been painting a series of dunes paintings. I find myself painting my “Coastal Dunes” paintings over and over and over again! I just finished “Coastal Dunes #23” ! My paintings have definitely changed since my first “Coastal Dunes” study 4 years… read more

Should a non-artist judge an art show?

Since I have become an artist I have entered several art shows. I often wonder who judged the show and what were their qualifications. It wasn’t until recently that I heard of a judge who was not an artist judging a show. I was surprised actually shocked to hear this. How could a non-artist judge… read more