It's often hard for a painter to know when to quit. I'm facing that question today, with the painting I began yesterday. Is it finished? Is there something more to add? And the bubbling undercurrent, always . . .  If I keep painting, will I ruin it? Ahhh, that fear of "ruining it." The words spoken by... Continue Reading →

In 2004, there was architectural eye candy everywhere you looked in Austin.

It Was Beautiful That Afternoon

A summer cycling trip through Idaho, approaching the Grand Tetons, led to a beautiful afternoon, and later became inspiration for a painting. Related articles Grand Teton, wonder and frustration ( Fine Art Photographs and Paintings by Jann Alexander (

Reflections on Making a Mark

.    .    . There's a complex explanation in physics for reflection. Reflection is defined as "the change in direction of a wavefront at an interface between two different media so that the wavefront returns into the medium from which it originated. Common examples include the reflection of light, sound and water waves. The law of reflection says that for specular reflection the angle at which the wave... Continue Reading →

Oh, the stories we can tell, when we have a connection with our art.

Time for Some Wine with Art

Wine seems to be a favorite of many artists and photographers (whether using it for subject matter, or using it to inspire subject matter). If you read my July 16 post, "Have Some Art with That Wine?" you probably noticed some comments about wine's amazing powers to make creativity flow. "Wine and art are just... Continue Reading →

Share Some Art That Goes With Wine

Wine seems to be a favorite of many artists and photographers (whether using it for subject matter, or using it to inspire subject matter). So I'll do a followup to my "Have Some Art with That Wine?" post, during the week of July 28. I'll share art and stories from others who have painted or... Continue Reading →

Have Some Art with That Wine?

Painters and photographers alike have long been smitten with wine as subject and muse.

The Art of Patriotism

Artists have painted flags for as long as artists have painted, from Claude Monet to Norman Rockwell to Jasper Johns . . . and photographers have made countless memorable images of the American flag, none more famous than Joe Rosenthal's triumphant image of the flag raising over Iwo Jima in 1945—the ultimate expression of patriotism. Happy Birthday,... Continue Reading →

An Austin ghost sign that has long served as an iconic landmark, and dates from the time a pack of Wrigley's gum cost you a nickel, is now forever hidden from view by a new Marriott.

On Art + Magic

“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.” ― Anaïs Nin  Right, Anaïs Nin circa 1920; Wikipedia  When is the last time you saw magic in... Continue Reading →

What’s True

As a child, I was either reading, writing or drawing (or some combination thereof), which is what I still mostly do today. In fact, I made a career of combining these passions—creating and designing magazines, publications, ads, websites, exhibits; writing headlines, blogs, marketing content; now adding photography and painting to the mix, and working on... Continue Reading →

Your Image Is Your Brand

Your image is your brand: what you present is what you become known for. You must guard your image, nurture it and tend to it. Here's how.

Dumb Things Artists Do

We are continually amazed (yet entertained) by Dumb Things Artists Do To Try to Get Into Galleries. Dumb, because they've given no thought to their target audience, and how to best reach its members. Instead, they're wasting their valuable time and they're damaging their art reputations in the process. Today's favorite is dubbed The Half-Assed Approach.... Continue Reading →

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