Monthly Archives: April 2016

Works of Art, or…?

Every morning when my husband gets to work, he gives me a call. We usually talk about the day he has planned, and at some point in the conversation he’ll always ask, “What’s on your agenda today?” My answer might be

Works of Art, or…?

Every morning when my husband gets to work, he gives me a call. We usually talk about the day he has planned, and at some point in the conversation he’ll always ask, “What’s on your agenda today?” My answer might be

Art for a Good Cause

I just got the latest issue of Artist magazine, and, as always, it’s filled with great articles and useful information. The cover illustration caught my eye at once. It’s from an oil painting by Robert Louis Caldwell called Before and

Art for a Good Cause

I just got the latest issue of Artist magazine, and, as always, it’s filled with great articles and useful information. The cover illustration caught my eye at once. It’s from an oil painting by Robert Louis Caldwell called Before and

Disillusionment Always Precedes Enlightenment

Maybe you’ve heard those words before. “Disillusionment always precedes enlightenment.” I’ve heard them a lot, and often they come from inside my own head, a hopeful reminder not to let myself get too discouraged. I have no idea where I

Disillusionment Always Precedes Enlightenment

Maybe you’ve heard those words before. “Disillusionment always precedes enlightenment.” I’ve heard them a lot, and often they come from inside my own head, a hopeful reminder not to let myself get too discouraged. I have no idea where I

Graduating to a Whole New Level

Being a self-taught student of art offers many challenges, not the least of which is knowing how to assess my abilities and determine the appropriate level for studies. For the last ten months, I’ve considered myself a beginner. I’ve been

Graduating to a Whole New Level

Being a self-taught student of art offers many challenges, not the least of which is knowing how to assess my abilities and determine the appropriate level for studies. For the last ten months, I’ve considered myself a beginner. I’ve been

You Can’t Go Wrong with Chives

I love chives. Really, I love all herbs, and my little herb garden is a wondrous source of delight in my life. It’s great to slip out the front door, pick a few fresh herbs, and use them in cooking.

You Can’t Go Wrong with Chives

I love chives. Really, I love all herbs, and my little herb garden is a wondrous source of delight in my life. It’s great to slip out the front door, pick a few fresh herbs, and use them in cooking.

I Still Can’t Draw a Wolf

Some things never change. I tried drawing a wolf last summer — I wrote about it in Hard Things — and the results weren’t good. Recently, while doing a Sketchbook Nation challenge, I drew another wolf. It wasn’t much better. I

I Still Can’t Draw a Wolf

Some things never change. I tried drawing a wolf last summer — I wrote about it in Hard Things — and the results weren’t good. Recently, while doing a Sketchbook Nation challenge, I drew another wolf. It wasn’t much better. I

Patience Is a Virtue

I’ve never been a patient person. When I want something, I want it now — a fact that Amazon Prime loves. But this isn’t a post about my shopping habits. It’s not even a post about art supplies, although, goodness

Patience Is a Virtue

I’ve never been a patient person. When I want something, I want it now — a fact that Amazon Prime loves. But this isn’t a post about my shopping habits. It’s not even a post about art supplies, although, goodness

It’s Official – I’m a Real Artist Now

Ever since I began learning to draw last June, I’ve been wondering when I would become a “real” artist. I pondered it and puzzled over it, and I finally decided that I wasn’t yet an artist, although I was becoming

It’s Official – I’m a Real Artist Now

Ever since I began learning to draw last June, I’ve been wondering when I would become a “real” artist. I pondered it and puzzled over it, and I finally decided that I wasn’t yet an artist, although I was becoming

Artist Trading Cards

I guess I’ll have to call myself an artist now because I’ve joined in the fun of ATC — Artist Trading Cards. Like so many other art-related things, I’d never heard of trading cards until recently. I began following Grumbacher

Artist Trading Cards

I guess I’ll have to call myself an artist now because I’ve joined in the fun of ATC — Artist Trading Cards. Like so many other art-related things, I’d never heard of trading cards until recently. I began following Grumbacher

Maybe Some of Those Lessons Did Pay Off

Yesterday I agonized over perspective and my struggle to accurately depict buildings and architectural elements. This isn’t a new thing for me. I first studied the basic principles of perspective in art last summer, soon after I began learning to draw.

Maybe Some of Those Lessons Did Pay Off

Yesterday I agonized over perspective and my struggle to accurately depict buildings and architectural elements. This isn’t a new thing for me. I first studied the basic principles of perspective in art last summer, soon after I began learning to draw.