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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Free Video About Brushes and Their Uses

What Brush Does What?

When artists are first starting out,
a common question is...

What brushes should I buy?

Here is a video that shows you many brushes,
what they do, and how to use them.

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Care for your brushes.

It's super important to take good care of your brushes.  
I recommend you buy the best brushes you can afford,
but don't go into debt for them.
Having said that, you want to take care of them so they will last.

When I am finished with a painting session I wash them in the kitchen sink with warm water and Dawn dishing washing liquid.  

I rub the soap all the way through and rinse thoroughly.  
I reshape them between my fingers to get out any excess water and dry them flat on paper toweling.  
Never dry or store your brushes with the bristles down.

If you will take care of your brushes you will have them for a long time.  I've had some of my brushes for 17 years. 

Brushes do wear out but they can still be used for specific things even when they are past their prime.  I seldom throw a brush away.

That could be my pack rat nature though.

Enjoy the video.

If you want to learn to paint, check out my website at

There you will find single subject classes, my full blown art course and my latest and greatest addition
the Painter Nation Members Club.

Have a great day and let your creativity flow.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Paint, Even If You Haven't Painted In A While

Haven't Painted In A While???

Do NOT let that stop you!

Often times we paint a lot,
and then not so much.

Not sure how or why that happens, but it does.

Then when you're ready to pick up your brush again,
the "voice" comes to you telling you,
"well you haven't painted in a long time, may as well just forget it".

Ignore that voice, just like it's your three-year old asking "why" for the 1,000th time this morning.

Here is Aidan painting after not painting for a long time.

Dig out some reference photos, set up a still life,
put a flower in a vase, or paint something from your imagination or from memory.

Just sit down, spend an hour and play in the paint.

My grandson Aidan hadn't drawn or painted for a while,
but he was in the studio the other day while I was making a video for my youtube channel.

Click HERE to view my channel.

He got inspired and wanted to paint.

I taped some 140 lb. water color paper to a board,
set him up a palette and gave him 3-5 brushes and a pencil
and let him alone.

He drew a car, he's a boy, he likes cars and he has
 learned how to draw them.

Then he painted the car using a lot of color.
Then he asked me if he could mix colors.

I said, hey it's your painting and your paint.
Knock yourself out bubba.

He's 9 so I left him alone to paint anything he wanted,
any way he wanted.

You can tell by that smile, he was pretty tickled with his art.

We should all be tickled with our art,
even if it's just that we
 learned a way how not to do something.

Don't let the "voice" talk you out of 
learning and improving your art.
Regardless of your art form.

Don't let the "voice" tell you you can't do it.

Don't let the "voice" tell you you don't have time.

Don't let the "voice" tell you you don't have talent.

Don't let the "voice" tell you you don't have
 a creative bone in your body.

Don't let the "voice" dictate your life.

Much of art is learning how things work, or the rules.

The rest is practice and learning how to break the rules.

This was Aidan at age 5 learning how to paint the rooster that is in my full blown art course.

He has always loved creating anything, and he wanted to try his hand at the rooster.  

Practice and trying again and again is when the real magic happens.

Have a great creative day.

If you want to learn how to paint,
visit my website at

I created 7 Tips for Mixing Color and you can get it in your inbox, like right now.  
Click HERE to get your FREE Printable.  

Monday, August 13, 2018

How To Stay Motivated When You're NOT Motivated

Staying Motivated When You're NOT!

I know I should do ________(fill in the blank)

But I just don't feel like it!

Ever feel like that!


I'm right there with ya.

How do you get your mojo back?

Here's a list of ten things to do to get it in gear.
  1. Read something inspirational
  2. Look at your work when you were inspired.
  3. Look at your best work.
  4. Look at things that inspire you
  5. Look at things you want to create
  6. Listen to a meditation or affirmation on youtube.
  7. Piddle around with your medium
  8. Create something not in your medium
  9. Go to a museum, gallery, or other venue
  10. Find and take a class or join a group
When I can't decide what to paint
I practice something I'm fairly good at.

Or I read about famous artists.

Click HERE to read about some famous artists.

It's natural to fall into a slump,

But it also can be something you can work your way out of.

Don't give up if you aren't currently motivated.
You can get it back!

Monday, August 6, 2018

WOW! Haven't Written in a While

Can't Believe I Haven't Written
in Almost A Month!

I believe that is the longest I've gone all the years 
I've written this blog.

Life really ramped up over the last several weeks
but I'm trying to get my ducks back in a row.

Insomnia has been just about unbelievable
triggering migraine after migraine after migraine.

I've been using hypnosis/meditation videos
on YouTube to help me calm my mind.

I've listened to a lot of them
and there are tons to listen to.
Go to YouTube and put hypnosis for sleep or migraines in the search box and you will be amazed
 at how many there are.

I have found myself returning time and again to
The Mindful Movement.

Click HERE to check it out.

Their videos are usually under 35 minutes and very calming and soothing. 

Others I really enjoy include
David McGraw
Paul McKenna

Back to art.

I took this photo several years ago in our orchard
and always wanted to paint it.

I used it for my reference for this fun painting.


This fun painting headed off to its forever home recently.

I had a wonderful time painting this 
and I love that little baby bird.

If you're having trouble with insomnia or migraines,
I can't sympathize enough,
and I really would check out the videos
on YouTube for hypnosis and meditation.
I have a really hard time shutting off my mind
when it's time to sleep
and these have helped.

I've created 7 Tips for Color Mixing, a printable tip sheet anyone can download and print out and keep where ever you paint.  Click HERE to get it, like now.   

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Ghent, Kentucky, United States
I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.