Friday, September 13, 2013

"Breaking Through Artist's Block" (Video) - and Tomato Sandwich Painting

Tomato Sandwich Half
8" x 8" oil on canvas

I have posted the above painting to this blog before, but now I would like to announce that it is available as a print in various sizes and formats on Fine Art America.    For today's post I had originally intended to show a video about fine artist David Cheifetz  because his still life paintings are so dramatic and rich in color.   He also paints other subject matter, but I was particularly drawn to his excellent still life work.   To make a long story short, I could not find a video on this artist but ran across the video shown below about "Breaking through artist's block"  that I found rather informative.   It explains how sometimes the eye (vision) of the artist improves beyond the artist's skill level which in turn makes the artist depressed thinking his work is terrible.   Then he may go days or weeks without painting.   This video lasts a little over 17 minutes and has no images other than a "graph" of sorts.   

I have not had artist block in a long time; I just paint slower now.   I tend to paint in layers, necessitating drying between layers before I can begin to paint again on the same canvas.  I have been painting this morning and I am almost finished with a landscape of a scene near Taos, New Mexico.   I may finish it tonight or tomorrow so please check back with me soon.   


  1. Wow! The texture of the bread is so realistic! I must watch that video later tonight. From your description that makes sense. Looking forward to the Taos painting. It's beautiful there.

  2. Thank you, Patrice. The sandwich painting was a lot of fun; I love tomato and mayonnaise is mostly a deep South thing where I lived as a child/young adult.

    Taos, NM, and Sedona,Arizona, are my two favorite places to visit and paint. I always enjoy seeing your colorful new landscape paintings fresh off the easel.