I apologize for the unscheduled absence from Artistcoveries. A sudden illness sent me to the hospital last week. I’m now … More
Although I made a lot of my usual mistakes in this painting, overall I think I’m fairly pleased with it — except for the color choices.
I’ve been working on chiaroscuro drawings, using graphite and shading techniques to create form.
I’ve always liked this picture because of the “Monet-like” quality it has.
I’m finding that I have an “old-fashioned” spirit when it comes to painting, and that’s how this painting feels to me.
I love the looseness and relaxed quality I can get by making these timed sketches, such as this “Weeping Woman” – the final pose of my class today.
It’s hard to go wrong with black and white.
Anyone can learn the proper techniques to follow in art, but that alone does not make one an artist.
Will I ever learn to create the landscapes I want? Will I ever be able to paint trees that make me smile? Or will it always be a struggle for me?
The human body — head and all — fascinates me. I’m still loving my anatomy and figure drawing practices, but what’s the point of drawing bodies if I can’t include heads and faces?
This particular canvas panel has been many things in its short life.
As I watched my list of followers increase, I formed an ambitious hope. I wanted to have 500 followers before the blog’s first anniversary. It seemed impossible, but today — months before the celebration — I hit that milestone.
I hope you enjoy this fun look back. Maybe it brings back a few childhood memories for you, too.
Although I don’t like the finished painting, I do see a lot about it that gives me hope for my future as an artist. As you know, I’m still trying to figure out who I am and who I want to be, and I think there’s a lot of me in this painting.
The best I could manage was a fairly-decent sky, and from a distance, the tree-covered hills are all right. Maybe. I’m not even showing the entire painting because the rest of it is so hideous.
I don’t know how to use digital graphics programs like Photoshop or GIMP, so I just play around with them until I come up with something I like.
In many ways, the painting does reflect who I am as an artist, and I like that. At the same time, I want to explore so many other colors and ideas.
Every artist — and every aspiring artist — should have a sketchbook. Although it might seem like an insignificant little thing, it’s one of the most important tools in our art arsenal.
Recently, I’ve started practicing trees, and while I can do them fairly well in practice, I don’t seem able to get them the way I want when I try to include them in a landscape.
It was about midnight when I suddenly woke up and realized that I hadn’t done anything for the monthly celebration of our feathery friends, so I stumbled out of bed, grabbed a warm robe, and headed to my little art room, still half asleep.