The Digital Palette

Modern Tools - Classical Methods

Dealing with Stress

"I hope we don't get to the point where we have to have the cat stop chasing the mouse to teach him glassblowing and basket weaving." -Joseph Barbera
 
Are you feeling overwhelmed with creative project ideas? Struggling to finish the one you started? In either case, never fear! There is a solution.
 
If you are someone who starts...
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Rufus Stifles Our Ability to Feel

Rufus is the snooty, know it all, art critic that lives inside the mind of every artist.
 
To some extent, Rufus might be protecting us from feeling certain emotions, but long-term, this can actually stifle our progress.
 
We should ask ourselves — what is it that I’m really scared of?
 
Losing control?
 
Ruining...
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Artistic Harmony

"What is one to think of those fools who tell one that the artist is always subordinate to nature? Art is a harmony parallel with nature." -Paul Cezanne
 
Ever heard the phrase "beauty is in the eye of the beholder?" Most of us have and generally agree with the statement. However, what is central to this statement and understanding the one...
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This is how you're going to feel if you miss it.
 
Enough said...‍
 
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
 
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Two Questions Every Artist Should Ask

There are two questions every artist should ask:
 
1) How can I interpret this subject with my own artistic voice? 
 
2) How can I paint this subject without being married to the literal interpretation in a way that is true to my ever-evolving style?  
 
Answering these two questions is the underlying foundation of...
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It's Never Too Late

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." -C.S. Lewis
 
We often let the labels society places on us define what we are capable of doing. However, it is important to keep perspective and realize that these labels do not define who we are but merely provide a schema for others to start trying to understand us...
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Simulating Cold Wax

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means PAINT, and that voice will be silenced." -Vincent van Gogh
 
If you've ever experienced the joy of painting with oils and cold wax medium, you know what interesting textures can be achieved by utilizing different tools. That was my goal with this painting -- to...
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Salvaging Memories

My close friend and professional photographer, Bree Adams (Texas), took her daughter to Italy. Her camera broke during the trip and all of the photographs were back focused. Way too blurry to be printed as a photo, but easily salvageable in paint! Turning trash into unique artwork is my jam.
 
Painting is so much more than "just art." It...
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Leaving Realism Behind

“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.” 
-Edgar Degas
 
Just because one CAN paint in hyper-realistic style, doesn't mean that one SHOULD. There's something to be said for the mystery of the disrupted realism style....
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Rufus Tries to Suspend Your Creative License

From children's art, we see that every person is born with an inherent license to create. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, Rufus convinces most people that only those with "talent" can really create art.
 
Rufus is a liar.
 
Even those people who loudly proclaim, "I can't draw stick people," hunger for the ability to create....
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