Ask The Artist

I don't really get stage fright when I am doing a live painting.

I have painted hundreds of times, live.

In fact there are times when I was painting and I thought I was alone, but people have walked up to me to ask a question.

Photo by Heidi W.
With the dozen or so people watching and asking questions on Friday October 4th, I felt like God was cementing the value of my art.

Sure Bob Ross made millions off of his products and books, but he always painted for free. 

The one thing I am truly striving for is to find something that people value- A cross-section between the art I create and what people will pay for.

I really want more people to see my art and ask questions. 

I really want to serve with my gifts, so if you have some question that you would like to air on the art making process. Send it to me- mstudioartworks@gmail.com.

In the mean time: Check out my art show if you are in or going through Columbus, OH in October 2013- Cafe International Show.

If you can't get out to it, check it out online: Cafe International Art Show.


Beyond The Hills

On Memorial Day weekend I visited family in Eastern Indiana. It was still cold. I had just a camera phone to base my light reference off of. 

This was definitely a learning experience.

Working within my limitations, I used what I had. Light frequently changes when you paint outside, so it is preferred to have a secondary reference. 

I enjoy leaving the pencil in heavy so that the texture can show through. This will be a piece that will be showcased at my art show at Cafe International on October 4, in Columbus, OH. 

It will be 6 pm-close. At 6:30 pm I will be doing a painting demo from one of my outdoor photos. It will be an experience all can enjoy.

2361 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43202

Click this link to art show: Cafe International Art Show


Painting Out

Blacklick Metro Park, Reynoldsburg, OH

There is nothing I enjoy more than painting outside, especially in a park or distant wooded place. Exploration is the key. I explore physically and then explore artistically.

Tonight at 6:30 pm I will be the showcased artist for an art demonstration of the above photo at cafe International. It's a great place to try a variety of cultural flavors and enjoy the creative atmosphere. 

I hope to see you there!


Chalk The 'Ville

Rock The Ville, Westerville, Ohio's art community art festival will be on Saturday August 10th 12 noon- 9 pm. They will have live music, spoken word/poetry, dance, fashion, and of course Chalk Art (not just professionals, but families as well).  


Freedom to Create

Perhaps its often overlooked that the cost for freedom allows all different kinds of expression.


Simple Questions

Simple Questions Detail
In my lifetime of experience of creating art, leading artists, teaching art, and soon to be a seller of art and art services I have found one profound activity that keeps me going: Simple Questions.


A Pot Called Character

I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort—and disappointment and perseverance.
~Vincent van Gogh 


For Art Lovers Only

I am starting a watercolor instruction business, The Outdoor Watercolor Learning Experience (OWLE). As a move to become more visible I am taking certain opportunities to showcase my abilities. 


Simplicity 2

I like to show the perforated and raw edges of these little studies. It reminds me of the importance of keeping it basic and fundamental when creating works of art. 


Simplicity 1

I once wrote a blog post about the limited palette approach to creating art: Royal Colors.

The day that I started using a limited palette was the day that I started getting watercolor and color usage in general.  
~Royal Colors blog post



Long term goals keep you from being frustrated 
by small term failures. ~Unknown


The Joy Of Watercolor Painting

People might look at you a bit funny, but it's okay. Artists are allowed to be a bit different. ~Bob Ross


Beyond Your Media Limitations

Its a fact that when you practice with one type of media it can help you develop your skills in another. 




Pulling from different sources for education and inspiration is a good thing.

However, there comes a time when you must make your statement by acknowledging your own strengths and weaknesses.


Let All The Trees Sing For Joy

Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. ~Psalm 96:12


4 Again

It took me 4 years to paint like Raphael, 
but a life time to paint like a child. 
 ~Pablo Picasso


New Wineskins

"And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” 
-Jesus, Mark 2:22


Rocks Like Candy

I remember the first time I did a watercolor painting outdoors. I had just learned about plein aire painting through another class at my college and I decided to take an independent watercolor painting class.


Art Is A Foretaste

At my weekly Bible Study we like to have frequent parties. They tend to be banquet sized potlucks.

Last night I prepared some yummy herb-flavored potatoes. I was a half-hour late. When I arrived the hostess said, "Thank you for bringing snack." I looked around and there were no other dishes on the table.

Much to my surprise our potluck is scheduled for next week. Typically I would have let this failure bother me because I looked like a fool. But God reminded me that this dish that I had brought in was a foretaste of what is to come next week.


The Big "You"

If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want. ~Zig Ziglar


Do You Relate?

We cannot always choose our relationships.

A few years back I was in a heated discussion with a friend about the loyalty of friends and what it means. He was having trouble with connecting with people of whom he deeply regarded as friends and for some reason they were not reciprocating. 

I chose a neutral position, because we often cannot see all perspectives of someonelse's life.

When people choose or rather life circumstances choose for you to separate or distance you from a friend it should not always translate as ill-will. Forcing your will in the situation does eventually create ill-will.

Relationships work well when there are complimentary parts, not forced interactions.


Finding Patterns And Blowing Up Expectations

Congratulations, you made it to 2013!

One of the compelling things about being an artist is the fact that you get to create your own reality.