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Defining the Project Scope

In order to give myself louder permission, I’m formalizing the project scope. This project has a scope. And it’s important for me to say them outloud because one of the challenges I have in abstraction is that I won’t answer the question nagging at me, I will just head in a new direction so that I don’t have to figure out what actually isn’t working. That instinct has a wonderful place in art. That’s great for pure experimentation. It can be great once you have a process established. It’s the way you can really play even though you’ve been doing...

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Starting

So much of art is a war between your own ears. I mean, some days it’s a dance party where everyone is invited and happy. And other days it’s just yelling.  And there are legitimate problems to overcome with composition and design and color, etc but a lot of it can also be folded under another umbrella called Permission. There’s this weird struggle when you’re learning any art form. You want to be unique but you can’t help but use what is already out there as a guide to what's real and valid art.    Painting doesn’t hold a monopoly...

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Process Discovery Project

I love working abstractly. I hate working abstractly. I have been working in abstraction for almost as long as I’ve been painting at this point. And the process goes something like this:     I’m drawn to something. Some instinct. (Sandra Duran WIlson calls it a First Thought...I love that.) And I follow it. And at some point I find myself lost in a painting. But not the good kind of lost. What started as so incredibly fun has turned into only questions I don’t know how to answer. So I put the painting away. For days. For weeks. For...

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Daily Painting

One of the things the last two daily painters I talked with on the podcast (episodes coming out later in the spring) made really clear is that daily painting as a concept is limited in its scope.  I don’t mean that pejoratively. I don’t mean it’s less than other work. But it’s part of a practice. It’s not necessarily the whole practice. And that's an important distinction.   My daily work from this week   This was very clear talking with Lisa Daria Kennedy. She does several different types of work and she sets very different parameters for each of...

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Learning from Nancy Tankersley's "Essential Painting Principles."

Learning from Nancy Tankersley's "Essential Painting Principles."

I paint in acrylic. I grew up with watercolorists and got the first pieces of my art education through editing watercolor videos. I eventually discovered acrylic artists but many of them weren’t talking about art in the way that I had come to expect from watercolorists. There was so little color theory and conversations about shapes and process. It was all fairly beginning level stuff.  But watercolor, while it can teach you about color theory and value and shape, it cannot help at all when it comes to dealing with an opaque medium. And so recently, I've turned to oil...

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