‘Jinhae Canal’
oil on w/c paper


There’s nothing better than to paint something that reached beyond your expectations. It’s always about the art first. You can have the best website, the best social media, the best newsletter, but if you don’t have the best art to back it all up then it’s just a load of fluff in my opinion. I believe focus is the key to success as an artist. We’re so encouraged to live an ADD lifestyle in our culture, to do a million things in a thousand minutes. Doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun to me. But sometimes you just have to step back. And it is vital that you do step back to gain some perspective. Sometimes even stepping away from the easel for a while. To take it all in and see which way you want to steer the ship. Do you want to paint more realistically or impressionistic? Do you want to use a 4 color or 6 color palette? Is it ok to throw away the painting and start again?

I focused on a single canal and the sunset and surrounding landscape accompanied it.  I focused in on what I want my viewers to see first.

I can’t answer those questions for you, it’s up to you.   Art is so individual that you should have faith and stay in charge of your own destiny.  Focus what means the most for you and take it from there.  See what being in focus does to your art.


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