Christopher Gallego, blog post: 5 unusual habits to keep you growing artistically, Image: White Pine with Broken Branch, 2007

 5 unusual habits to keep you growing artistically 

Working hard at your craft is not the same as working toward growth.

Working toward growth means taking big scary chances with your art and risking failure.

Six rules every artist should consider dumping

Rules aren’t meant to be broken. They’re meant to be challenged whenever a better solution arises.

Christopher Gallego Blog Post | Why don't we fit in?

Why don’t we fit in?

Art that tries to offend no one is the visual equivalent of elevator music. Art that emanates from your soul will be loved…and hated.

Christopher Gallego Painting Studio, Brooklyn, NY 2008-2009

Selling your art? Stay out of the way.

From the moment it’s available, ideally, from the moment you begin, don’t think of your art as your creation. Think of yourself as the caretaker. You simply helped the work along…

Artist: Christopher Gallego, "PLatter, 2001, Oil on board, 12 x 15 in., Private Collection, Acton, MA

Artists: don’t ever do another painting.

The best painters connect passionately with whatever is in front of them (or inside) and their art flows from that passion.

Christopher Gallego, Painting Tutorials, Image: Annette Voreyer, Student

Why My Art Students Hate Me

Your art is the biggest impediment to creating your art.

Mid-Career & Middle-Age

There’s always that little bit of visual bias living inside you and making mischief, usually at the most inconvenient time. It’s important to know it’s there, embrace it, and then learn the tricks to override it.

"How dare you not love my art."

The less time spent dwelling on a work in progress the more emotionally detached you become and the internal and external critics lose their power.

Christopher Gallego, Teapot, 1997, Oil on board, 9 x 12 in., Private Collection

"…Copernicus called, and you are not the center of the universe."

The ego is a semi-opaque screen that interferes with a painter’s vision.
Tale the attention off yourself. And the outcome.

Christopher Gallego, American, b. 1959, Surf #2, 2016, oil on board, 9 x 12 in., Sold

The Perfect Response to Your Art. And the Worst.

Dear fellow painters…”It looks like a photo”, are not my favorite words either.