I hope my insights help you become the artist you want to be.
When I began to paint a decade ago, I brought with me 15 years of writing experience, and over 20 years of music improvisation and composition. But nothing really prepared me for the challenges of creating powerful images in paint.
I have painted thousands of pictures and made notes of my discoveries along the way. Some of what I have to say of course grew out of knowledge from other books, the words of painters and theorists, writers and educators, some of what I am sharing has come from viewing and analyzing paintings of all times and styles, but a great deal of what you will find in these pages I don't think you will find anywhere else.
Real painting is all about real life. If you want to rise to the level of being an artist, through and through, then you must learn to call upon your entire being, both good and bad, and your entire life experience every time you approach the easel.
My focus is on painting, but much of what I am writing about will apply to the other arts, and more than that, other professions and other aspects of life, because, ultimately, what I am after is the universality of being, the foundations of harmony and the building blocks of life on which humanity grows.
The Secrets begin with optimism. I began from scratch, with no knowledge per se or formal training; but I had an abundance of optimism and relentless drive. I also considered every failure just another step to success.
If you are a beginner, then consider yourself to have already begun. Now, every hour that passes in reflection of artistry will bring you one step closer to your goal, every day of considering painting, or in the active process of creation brings you one day closer to success.
Thank you for joining me and please don't hesitate to be in contact with your thoughts and questions.