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Every month, you'll hear conversations with artists and teachers about how to get better at painting. Conversations will cover topics for all levels of painter from beginning to advanced. We'll explore everything from tools and techniques, color theory, composition and design to habits and goals.

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Ep. 51: Painting Falling Water with Julie Gilbert Pollard

This week, I welcome back Ep. 25 guest Julie Gilbert Pollard to discuss falling water. 

You’ll learn how to simplify the complexity of falling water and get advice on how to approach reflections and shadows in both still water and moving water. We focus on watercolor but the ideas work across any medium. 

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May 24, 2022
Ep 50: Hashim Akib

In the conversation with acrylic painter Hashim Akib, you’ll discover a unique way to mix your acrylic paints, how to look beyond your local influences, and explore strategies you can use to create looser paintings.

Gloss & High Gloss Art Club Members: In your bonus episode with Akib, we dive into drawing, what you can do with reference photos and a whole lot more. (Plus get access to an additional 15 bonus conversations.)  

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May 10, 2022
Ep. 49: 7 Reasons to Start a 20-Minute Daily Art Habit (Mini)

The “I don’t have time to paint” problem is one all of us face. But in today's episode, we explore all the benefits of starting small. 

You’re going to learn how to shift your success metrics,  get some ideas for what you can do in 20 minutes and how just a small amount of daily practice helps you and  those you love get ready for a larger art practice. 

Today we’re going to discover the mighty power of 20 minutes. 

So if you don’t paint consistently but want to or are struggling with finding time in your schedule, this is the show for you. 

For show notes, including links to the blog article I mention, head to learntopaintpodcast.com/podcast/episode49.

And to join me in the spring 20for20artchallenge2022 head to learntopaintpodcast.com/20for20artchallenge to learn more. 

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Apr 26, 2022
Ep 48: Louise Fletcher

Welcome to the conversation you’ll learn the difference between working fast and being rushed, how to move between working intuitively and analytically,  and why you always want to follow your own joy. Plus a whole lot more.

Podcast Art Club - Gloss & High Gloss 

This episode comes with a fantastic bonus episode where we move from mindset into more technical pieces. You’ll discover a new reason why you might want to reach for a limited palette, some advice on composition and a few pointers on how to critique your own work. PLUS,  gloss & high gloss Podcast Art Club have access to 14 additional bonus conversations with guests. 

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Apr 04, 2022
Ep 47: Understanding Light & Shadow with Sarah Sedwick (mini)

Ep 22 guest Sarah Sedwick is back this week to talk about the light and shadows in your paintings. In the conversation, you’ll learn the anatomy of light and dark, the questions Sedwick asks when she’s starting a new painting, and a bunch of things to keep an eye out for when you’re studying your own still life set up. Plus a whole lot more.

In the conversation, we talk about two specific paintings, “Blue Breakfast” and “Cuties in Blue.”

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Mar 22, 2022
Ep 46: Brienne M Brown

In the conversation, you’ll discover Brown’s pigment strategy, how to use opaques even if you are primarily a transparent painter  and why sometimes the goal needs to be an ALMOST finished painting.

Gloss and High Gloss: Your bonus conversation is ready. In it, Brown talks composition and why you absolutely don’t need to be faithful to your reference photo. Listen here.

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Mar 08, 2022
Ep. 45 Painting Deep Dive with Debbie Miller (Mini)

Episode 15 guest Debbie Miller is BACK for a second mini episode and we're talking about two of her paintings, primarily "Coffee Break" and a little bit "Out of the Blue."

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Feb 22, 2022
Ep.44: Jose Trujillo

In the conversation with Jose Trujillo, you’ll learn the power of focusing your efforts on the painting discipline instead of the final painting product, how discomfort is part of the learning process and the advantages and disadvantages of experimentation.

Gloss and High Gloss Patreon Friends of the Show:

Your bonus conversation is ready. It’s a small one but it’s packed with some good stuff. We focus in on how Trujillo can and does paint up to 14 hours a day. And maybe that’s not how long you work each day, but there are some great lessons in there for painting MORE. Including how he approaches his references so that he can paint… everything.

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Feb 08, 2022
Ep. 43 Paint Pigments with Gamblin (Mini Episode)

We often talk about color on this show…hue, value, saturation… but at the heart of all of that is the pigments themselves. In Mini Episode 43, I sit down with Mary Weisenburger from Gamblin  and we get down to the nuts and bolts of what makes paint paint.

And while we look through the lens  of oil paint in particular, so much of what we talk about is true for acrylic, watercolor, and gouache as well. 

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Jan 25, 2022
Ep. 42: Kellee Wynne Conrad

This week I'm talking with mixed media artist Kellee Wynne Conrad!

 In the conversation we talk about the challenges of not going back to your old self, the opportunities of limitations and Conrad walks us through her five principles of color. Plus a whole lot more.

Gloss and High Gloss Patreon Friends of the Show: Your bonus conversation is ready on Patreon. We discuss burnout and the power of letting go of old work and those ideas never realized. It might make you think about your own space and materials differently. I know it did me.

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Jan 11, 2022
Ep 41: Mixed Media 101 with Sandra Duran Wilson

Ep. 20 guest Sandra Duran Wilson is back and we’re discussing the foundational elements of mixed media: paint, paper (collage) and mark making. 

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Dec 28, 2021
Episode 40: Sari Shryack

Welcome to the conversation with acrylic and oil painter Sari Shryack

In the conversation you’ll learn how to get started if you are low on time (side note: Joining #20for20ArtChallenge2022 challenge in January might help there too) what’s important to ask yourself when it comes to finding your style and a few places you can really push color.

Gloss and High Gloss Patreon supporters we’ll dive even further into bright colors including how to approach your supporting characters so your color can really sing.   

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Dec 14, 2021
Episode 39: How to Get Depth and Distance in Your Work (Mini)

Today we're talking about perspective! Perspective is a tool you can use to create depth and distance in your work. There are a few types of perspective tools but in today's mini episode we are focusing in on a super approachable one: Atmospheric (or Aerial) Perspective.

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Nov 23, 2021
Episode 38: John Salminen

In the conversation you’ll learn how darks and lights work together to create luminosity, why it’s important to have those value 9s, and well value, value, value. Plus a whole lot more.

Gloss and High Gloss Patreon supporters, you’ll dive into dominance and how Salminen uses edges. 

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Nov 09, 2021
Ep. 37: Getting Started with Limited Resources with Sarah Sedwick (Mini Eposide)

Ep 22 guest Sarah Sedwick is back and we are talking about some of the limitations you run up against when you first get started in art.

We talk time limitations, money limitations, space limitations and Sedwick offers some advice for what to do about them.

And while this is a conversation designed a bit for beginners, even those of you who have been in your art practice for awhile will find Sedwick's ideas super helpful. 

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Oct 26, 2021
Ep. 36: Ian Roberts

Welcome to Ep. 36 with Ian Roberts. In the conversation you’ll learn a ton about composition, the importance of value masses and the difference between a design driven and a subject driven painting. Plus a whole lot more.

Gloss and high gloss Patreon supporters, your bonus conversation will arrive Oct. 11th. You’ll discover how sunlight and shadow affect your object’s color and how to handle foregrounds, middle grounds and backgrounds.

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Oct 12, 2021
Ep. 35: Hashtag Challenges with Debbie Miller (Mini)

Episode 15 guest Debbie Miller is BACK and we are talking hashtag challenges. What they are, why you might join one, and how they can help you get better at painting. 

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Sep 28, 2021
Episode 34: Melanie Morris

This week I’m talking with acrylic painter, Melanie Morris. In the conversation you’ll discover Morris' system for keeping loose when working large, how to keep yourself from being overwhelmed when you buy flowers for painting and so many great tips on color. Seriously, you’ll want to write these down. 

Gloss and High Gloss Patreon supporters, check out the bonus conversation with Morris. We talk ugly middle stages and how to learn from your teachers without copying them (and why that will help you in the long run.)


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Sep 14, 2021
Episode 33: Mini Episode - The Benefits of Working in a Series

 When it comes to learning to paint, there are so many great ways to structure your learning. Guests have discussed setting up daily painting or committing to a certain number of hours in the studio. Another great way to strengthen your painting skills is to do a series. Let's talk about what a series is, how it could benefit you and what I learned from my own. 

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Aug 24, 2021
Episode 32: Laura Horn

Welcome to my conversation with mixed media artist Laura Horn. In the interview you’ll discover how Horn designed her own self study, the surprising way she creates and integrates reference materials and you’ll explore all the ways she uses sketchbooks. Plus a whole lot more.

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Aug 10, 2021
Episode 31: Mini Episode- A Painting Deep Dive with Mark Mehaffey

We're back with your next mini episode! This week we're talking with Mark Mehaffey about his new painting "Studio Light." The painting was just accepted was just accepted into the National Watercolor Society International Exhibit. In the conversation we talk about how Mehaffey came to create "Studio Light," how he worked through the design process and how he prepares his paper to get great watercolor textures. Plus a whole lot more.

To see the painting we're discussing, head to  www.learntopaintpodcast.com/podcast/episode31

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Jul 27, 2021
Episode 30: Dean Mitchell

Mitchell works across several media, but we focus in on his watercolor work. In the conversation you’ll discover the importance of seeing abstractly, how Mitchell uses powerful neutrals and why intent is the most important piece of his painting process. 

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Jul 13, 2021
Episode. 29: Mini Episode - 5 Exercises for When You Don't Feel Like Painting

It happens to all of us. Sometimes you just don't feel like painting. You feel uninspired and overwhelmed by the rest of..well...LIFE

Before you abandon your studio for the mile-high to-do list, try one of these 5 exercises from podcast guests. They'll keep your hands in the work even on days where your mind isn't feeling it. 

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Jun 23, 2021
Episode 28: Mark Eanes

Today I'm talking with artist Mark Eanes and it's the DESIGN episode. In this conversation you’ll learn the difference between design and composition, the basic elements of design and then we walk through each of the 7 principles of design and talk in depth about what they are and how to make sure you have them plus a whole lot more. 

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Jun 08, 2021
Episode 27: Jed Dorsey

Today I'm speaking with acrylic artist Jed Dorsey. In the conversation, you’ll learn the stages of creativity and why they matter, ways to make your photo reference work with your canvas shape, and how to get harmonious color every single time.

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May 11, 2021
Episode 26: Jane Davies [Archive]

In this week's episode with Jane Davies we focus on the way artists approach their work. How you approach it when you’re just starting out. When you're feeling uninspired. When you're having trouble finishing a painting. Discover a bunch of great ideas for how to keep yourself fully involved in your own painting practice.

If you'd like to support the show and get some fun thank you perks, learn more here. 

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Apr 13, 2021
Episode 25: Julie Gilbert Pollard

This week, I’m talking with Julie Gilbert Pollard.  In the conversation you’ll learn Pollard's favorite way to make her paintings stronger, you’ll get clarity on warms and cools and discover a way to think through where you can improve as an artist. 

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Mar 08, 2021
Episode 24: Todd M. Casey

Today I'm talking with oil painter, Todd M. Casey. In the conversation you’ll discover the importance of liking your work through each stage, two very different ways to approach making art, and why you’ve really got to squeeze that paint out. Plus we get technical as we explore how light moves around a sphere. And a whole lot more.

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Feb 08, 2021
Episode 23: Lynn Whipple

In this month’s episode, I’m talking with mixed media artist, Lynn Whipple.

In our conversation you’ll discover ways to get looser in your painting, the importance of being playful and why it’s so important to make work you don’t like. 

This interview episode 23 comes with bonus material. Whipple gives you an additional exercise to try at home plus we get into composition and a whole lot more. How do you get it? Subscribe to the newsletter. It’ll come out in next week’s week’s edition and live in the newsletter bonus section the next couple of months.

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Jan 11, 2021
Episode 22: Sarah Sedwick, Part 2

This is part 2 of my conversation with Sarah Sedwick. You’ll learn about different types of edges and how to use them to make more interesting paintings. You’ll discover how to make highlights that sing and the power of a good critique.

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Dec 14, 2020
Episode 22: Sarah Sedwick, Part 1

This week, I’m talking with oil painter Sarah Sedwick. This interview will be in two parts with Part 2 (a bonus episode of sorts) coming your way, Dec. 14

In part 1, you’ll discover how premixing frees you up to make looser paintings. You’ll learn how to paint those shadows and explore different types of palettes. Plus a whole lot more.

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Nov 23, 2020
Episode 21: Carolyn Lord
Nov 09, 2020
Episode 20: Sandra Duran Wilson

In today's episode, I'm talking with mixed media artist Sandra Duran Wilson. In the interview you’ll learn why curiosity is your greatest tool, how to manage the gremlin voice and why it’s so important to listen to those first thoughts. Also, we get technical and discuss gels, pastes, and mediums including how to know which to grab when you’re working with collage. Plus a whole lot more. 

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Sep 28, 2020
Episode 19: Amira Rahim

Today I'm  talking with abstract expressionist Amira Rahim. In today’s episode we talk about painting emotions, the power of knowing what your materials can and can’t do and sometimes why you need to turn off the music and concentrate. Plus a whole lot more.

Head to LearnToPaintPodcast.com/podocast/episode19 for show notes. While you’re there, add your name to the newsletter list and get each new episode sent straight to your inbox.

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Sep 14, 2020
Episode 18: Dreama Tolle Perry

Today I talk with artist Dreama Tolle Perry will go live. We discuss giving yourself permission to paint, how to manage color accents, and why it’s so deeply important to paint what you love. Plus a whole lot more.

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Aug 24, 2020
Episode 17: Esté MacLeod

In this episode I’m talking with artist Esté MacLeod. In the episode you’ll learn about the versatility of high flow acrylics, ways shape motifs can help define a style and how a sketchbook may be the key to building your artistic voice.

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Aug 10, 2020
Episode 16: Carol Carter

Today I’m talking with watercolorist Carol Carter. In the episode, we’ll explore how criticism helped Carter her find her  unique voice. She explains the biggest challenge she sees students facing in the medium  and she discusses how being an artist is more than a single good painting. 

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Jul 27, 2020
Episode 15: Debbie Miller, Part 2
Jul 13, 2020
Episode 15: Debbie Miller, Part 1

Welcome back to a two-parter! Today - and for the next two episodes- I’m talking with acrylic and oil painter Debbie Miller.

In part 1, you learn how a single workshop changed Miller’s life, how she keeps inspired and her process for working through a painting.

In part 2 (coming July 13th) , discover Miller’s goals for color, why a learner’s mindset is so pivotal to getting better at painting and how the artist finally made peace with her trickiest color, yellow.

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Jun 22, 2020
Episode 14: Lisa Daria Kennedy

Today we’re talking with artist Lisa Daria Kennedy. Kennedy works many different ways across several media but today we’re focusing on her daily painting work. 

You’ll discover how she overcomes frustrations and keeps her paintings loose.  And you’ll learn how she has streamlined her approach so that showing up is as easy as possible.  Plus a whole lot more.

Head to LearntoPaintPodcast.com/Podcast/Episode14 for show notes.

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Jun 08, 2020
Episode 13: Kim Smith

This week I’m talking with artist, Kim Smith. Smith paints in oil and she explains how she created an art practice that fit into her life, she’ll give you ideas on how to use warms and cools to create dynamic shadows and discusses  the value of sometimes not sharing your work. Plus a whole lot more.

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Apr 27, 2020
Episode 12: Andy Evansen

I talk with watercolorist Andy Evansen. You'll discover how to use value studies to problem solve your paintings before you begin. You'll learn the importance of big shapes and get advice on good composition. Plus Evansen breaks down how to distinguish morning light from evening light. Plus a whole lot more.

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Apr 13, 2020
Episode 11: Mark Eanes

I’m talking with artist and professor Mark Eanes. And we’re hitting a few subjects but MOSTLY we are focusing in on color. Eanes will explain the basics of color, the various characteristics of color and color relationships...and why it all matters. Eanes gives a ton of great examples of exercises he has his students do. You are going to have so many ideas for practicing color after this conversation.  

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Mar 23, 2020
Episode 10: Betty Franks Krause

This week I’m talking with acrylic artist Betty Franks Krause.  Krause explains how she creates and keeps those wonderful colors. She talks painting large, and discusses why sometimes it’s important to put your head down and stay focused on your own work especially when it comes to learning to paint. 

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Mar 09, 2020
Episode 9: Stan Kurth

This week mixed media artist Stan Kurth talks about how he creates and uses those beautiful neutrals. He explains the importance of choosing a direction and sticking with it, and discusses how he decides when a painting is finished. 

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Feb 24, 2020
Episode 8: Carrie Waller, Part B

Today is the second half of my conversation with watercolorist Carrie Waller. If you haven’t heard Part A, I would recommend starting there as we get into Waller’s process and outlook and a whole bunch of other great stuff that lays the groundwork today’s part B. 

In today’s episode, we get into the technical. Waller paints beautiful glass and she talks about the pitfalls she sees her students (and herself) running into with glass. You’ll also learn about the importance of artist friends and some tips on creating stronger compositions in your own work. 

she approaches painting glass. What she needs from her light. you do listen to it first. It lays the groundwork for some of what we discuss in today’s episode. Plus it’s always useful to understand an artists’ process when hearing why they work that way. 

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Feb 10, 2020
Episode 8: Carrie Waller, Part A

For the next two episodes, I’m talking with watercolorist Carrie Waller. 

I’ve divided the episodes up into two parts. In part A (today’s) Waller talks about being OK with finishing paintings slowly. She explains how she uses color- like puzzle pieces- in her work. And she shares the method she uses to bypass those ugly middles stages that can demoralize so many of us.

In part B we get into the specifics of glass, the importance of art friends and why sometimes you  just need to take one of those technical art classes. It’ll pay off later big time.

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Jan 26, 2020
Episode 7: Joan Fullerton

In this episode, Fullerton discusses how she learned to distinguish the voice inside of her, how she teaches materials in her workshops  and why learning to critique your own work- the right way- is so important as a painter. Plus a whole lot more.

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Jan 13, 2020
Hello Season 2!

What's season two of the Learn to Paint Podcast look like? What guests will I be speaking to? How often will it come out?

You've got questions. I've got answers.

Take a listen! 

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Jan 06, 2020
Bonus Episode: What is the Difference Between Media?

Season Two begins early 2020. In the meantime, let's explore some art 101 ideas. Oil? Watercolor? Acrylic? Today we'll explore the difference between three of the most popular media. How are they different and why does it matter? New interviews start soon so head to learntopaintpodcast.com/subscribe to add your name to the newsletter. You'll be first in line when the new episodes arrive. Happy painting!

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Dec 23, 2019
Episode 6: Anne Abgott

This week we talk with watercolorist Anne Abgott. In this episode, you’ll learn how Abgott keeps shadows, backgrounds and even neutrals, dynamic. She tells you exactly the colors she uses (and where she's made swaps to get better transparency) and you’ll hear tips on how to create great color combos for your work.

Head to learn to LearnToPaintPodcast.com/podcast/episode6 to get this week's vocab and to hear bonus material from Abgott on how to mix your own opaque watercolors. 

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Dec 07, 2019
Episode 5: Mark Mehaffey

This week we talk with Mark Mehaffey. Mehaffey paints across media and subject including watercolor, acrylic and mixed media, landscape and non-objective. We are focusing in on his plein air work in the interview but a lot of what we talk about can work for any subject realistic or non objective. 

Mehaffey explains how he gets to the story of his work. He shares practical tips on blending color and controlling the saturation of that same  color. And he talks about how and why it’s so important to keep things simple.

Check out Mehaffey’s work at the website, learntopaintpodcast.com/podcast/episode5

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Nov 24, 2019
Episode 4: Peggi Habets

In this episode Peggi Habets talks about how her process, which includes thoughtful planning, allows her to be bold. She discusses the challenges she sees her students facing and gives practical advice for how to take good reference photos for portraits. Head to LearnToPaintPodcast.com/episode4 to get a pdf of the colors Habets uses and links to the vocab.

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Nov 11, 2019
Episode 3: Jane Davies

In this week's epsidoe with Jane Davies we focus on the way artists approach their work. How you approach it when you’re just starting out. When you're feeling uninspired. When you having trouble finishing a painting. Discover a bunch of great ideas for how to keep yourself fully involved in your own painting practice.

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Oct 28, 2019
Episode 2: Chris Krupinski

Chris Krupinski discusses the decision that changed her artistic life, how she keeps fear away from her process, and the steps she takes to paint those amazing pieces of fruit. You might be surprised! (I know I was.) Plus tips on composition and design and a whole lot more!

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Oct 14, 2019
Episode 1: Annie O'Brien Gonzales

Annie O'Brien Gonzales is the guest this week. In our conversation, you'll hear how Gonzales over came her fear of getting back into painting after several decades away. You'll discover the advice that changed her life. Plus she talks a ton about color. She shares ways you can get better at mixing color and explains easy ways to approach color in your work (that are guaranteed to work.) Check out show notes, vocab lists, and links to Gonzales' classes at the Learn to Paint Podcast website

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Sep 30, 2019
Episode 0: An Introduction to the Learn to Paint Pdocast

Welcome to the Learn to Paint Podcast where every other week I talk with artists and teachers about how to get better at painting. Welcome to Episode Zero where you'll learn more about the podcast and me your host. The real fun begins Monday, September 30 with my conversation with mixed media artist Annie O'Brien Gonzales. Learn more including a vocab list for our first episode at learntopaintpodcast.com

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Sep 16, 2019