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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

10 Secrets Every Father Should Know By Dr. Meg Meeker I just finished a wonderful book “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” by Dr. Meg Meeker and I recommend it to any dad with girls. As a father of daughters, it is one of the best books I have read on parenting. Dr. Meeker shares indisputable evidence that Continue Reading…

Easy Cleanup

I forget who showed me this quick and easy cleanup idea, but I love it!  Do you ever tire of digging out the goop from the bottom of your turp can? Line it with a plastic ziplock bag instead. When it is time to throw away the buildup, simply remove the bag, zip it up, Continue Reading…

Always a Student

I’m just finishing the first day of a weekend workshop. We have a wonderful class full of eager students from around the country ready and willing to try new things and grow as artists. I am always energized by the excitement and interest in the eyes of the students. They want to learn and develop Continue Reading…

Great New Book "I’d Rather be in the Studio!"

I just read a wonderful new book for artists entitled I’d Rather Be in the Studio, The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self Promotion (www.idratherbeinthestudio.com) by Alyson Stanfield (www.ArtBizCoach.com). It is terrific! One of the best books I’ve read on helping artists to better organize their careers and it is full of excellent tips and strategies Continue Reading…

de Laszlo

I have long been a dedicated fan of the work of Philip de Laszlo.  If you don’t have Brush with Grandeur on your shelves in your studio, you’ve got to pick one up today!  A terrific painter and friend of mine, Steve Moppart, recently introduced me to a spetacular website just created by the de Continue Reading…

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