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I post tips about abstract painting, techniques, professional advice for artists, and travel tips for creative travel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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I’ve been painting for 30 years, and in that time I have figured out some favorites when it comes to paint, brushes, and canvases.  I get absolutely nothing from recommending these brands; these are just my favorites. All of these products deliver good quality and are well-priced, unless otherwise noted.  If you want to find out the best acrylic painting tools including brushes, paints, canvases, and much more, then read on!

Painting Tips

The Best Acrylic Painting Tools

If you want to learn how to paint, you have come to the right place!  I started out as an oil painter, but once I learned how to use acrylic, I made the switch and have never gone back! Don’t get me wrong: oil painting has its place, but for several reasons I have chosen to focus on acrylic.  First, I will address the differences between oil and acrylic paint, and then I will discuss how to set up a work space, what tools you need, and how to start an acrylic painting. Consider this your How to Paint 101 crash course!

Painting Tips

Beginner’s Guide to Acrylic Painting

Setting and writing down goals for ourselves is an important practice if we are serious about success. I have found that writing down goals helps me be more accountable, thus increasing my chances of success. As your trusted painting teacher, I would like to suggest that you make 1-3 goals that relate to you as an ARTIST. Being a teacher for over 20 years, I can confidently say that making SPECIFIC goals is important and yields to better results. Below are a few methods to write specific goals for yourself.

Painting Tips

How to Set SMART Art Goals


Acrylic painting is a popular medium for artists of all levels because it is versatile, quick-drying, and easy to clean up. Further, acrylic is a forgiving medium that can easily be covered over. Here are some acrylic painting techniques to experiment with.

Painting Tips

11 Easy Painting Techniques

Learn to Use Color Better by Studying Van Gogh Not many people could deny the fact that Van Gogh was an amazing colorist. He was a master of creating contrast with color and texture, and also used color symbolically, which we know from his letters to his brother Theo. My background in Art History has […]

Painting Tips

Van Gogh and Color

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"My son and I had an amazing weekend in Santa Fe and the best ending to it was taking our abstract painting class with Andrea. From the minute we walked in, we were in a warm and welcoming environment. Its clear Andrea loves what she does and that she was born for teaching art. I had no experience and felt a little inhibited, but with her guidance and support it was an extremely positive experience and I certainly learned a lot."

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"I did a private class with Andrea and it was so wonderful!! Andrea is an amazing artist and she is also a great teacher!! Thorough, patient and just a fun person to be around! I really wanted a basic introduction to how to use the paints, mediums, brushes, palettes, etc. I got that and so much more!! She even helped me with the anxieties I was having around painting. I left feeling inspired, and way more confident! Ready to go home and explore. I look forward to another class after I have played some on my own. Highly recommend!"

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