Structure and Spontaneity for the Artist

Structure and Spontaneity for the Artist

The concept of Structure and Spontaneity is something I have talked about before: other posts in this blog, in talks to art groups, and in my abstract painting workshops. It is one of three main concepts that inform how I paint. The other two concepts being Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser and Paint First, Then Think.

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Abstract Painting Academy is Now Live

Abstract Painting Academy is Now Live

Abstract Painting Academy is an online version of David's wildly popular Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshops. This online workshop is specifically designed for those who, for whatever reason, cannot attend one of David's live workshop events. The in-depth content is the same that he teaches to hundreds of students in live workshop events all across the country each year.

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The Painting of "Midnight in the Garden 4"

The Painting of "Midnight in the Garden 4"

The "Midnight in the Garden" series is one of my favorites - and a favorite of collectors too. The concept for the series is to use dark, rich violets and blues to create the feeling of late night when darkness begins to overcome you but there is still enough light from the moon to see. The yellows, dark oranges and muted greens represent the garden elements.

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Artists: Use the Color Wheel to Develop Color Harmony in Your Work

Artists: Use the Color Wheel to Develop Color Harmony in Your Work

I teach painting workshops all across the country. I find that when I begin a discussion about utilizing the color wheel to develop color harmonies in paintings I receive lots of blank looks on student's faces. I have come to realize that nearly all amateur painters paint from photographs, trying to exactly match local colors without any thought given to creating harmonious color combinations. I guess they think that everything in a photograph provides color harmony. It doesn't.

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Artists Must Maintain Consistency in Their Work

Artists Must Maintain Consistency in Their Work

Consistency may be the most important word to describe the activity of a successful professional artist. Consistency in the type of work created; consistency in the presentation of what is produced; consistency in the marketing message; consistency in the brand; consistency in posting to social media; consistency in studio practices; consistency in producing work; and consistency in keeping up with customers are just a few that come to mind.

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