Monthly Archives: June 2018

Don’t Laugh

We all know the importance of practicing…but, what shall we practice? That’s always a question, and it’s often answered with a recommendation to copy the masters. There are many benefits to be gained from this sort of practice, but…that’s not

Don’t Laugh

We all know the importance of practicing…but, what shall we practice? That’s always a question, and it’s often answered with a recommendation to copy the masters. There are many benefits to be gained from this sort of practice, but…that’s not

If It Isn’t Fine…

Two years ago I posed a question about art — what makes a work a piece of art? With over 100 “likes” and more than 100 comments, that post — Yes, But Is It Art? — has become the most

If It Isn’t Fine…

Two years ago I posed a question about art — what makes a work a piece of art? With over 100 “likes” and more than 100 comments, that post — Yes, But Is It Art? — has become the most

Artist Unknown

This is a real long shot… here’s the story. My husband recently found this watercolor painting in the trash at work. Since I do so much painting, he’s come to appreciate art in all forms, so he dug it out,

Artist Unknown

This is a real long shot… here’s the story. My husband recently found this watercolor painting in the trash at work. Since I do so much painting, he’s come to appreciate art in all forms, so he dug it out,

Why Landscapes? Why Not!

Many times during my art journey I’ve wondered where I might end up. What sort of artist did I aspire to become? Although I’ve tried this, that, and a half-dozen other things in art — from watercolors to pastels, from

Why Landscapes? Why Not!

Many times during my art journey I’ve wondered where I might end up. What sort of artist did I aspire to become? Although I’ve tried this, that, and a half-dozen other things in art — from watercolors to pastels, from

Painting Rocks – A Different Way

Today I want to showcase the talents of my daughter, Elisabeth Sherwood, and share her new-found passion for painting “friendship rocks”, also known as “kindness rocks.” These are rocks that are painted in many different ways — some humorous, many

Painting Rocks – A Different Way

Today I want to showcase the talents of my daughter, Elisabeth Sherwood, and share her new-found passion for painting “friendship rocks”, also known as “kindness rocks.” These are rocks that are painted in many different ways — some humorous, many

Rocks Revisited

When I first began learning to draw, I sat outside and patiently drew a couple of rocks  sitting in a neighbor’s yard. I wanted to experience drawing from nature, but at that point, I wasn’t able to draw much. Even

Rocks Revisited

When I first began learning to draw, I sat outside and patiently drew a couple of rocks  sitting in a neighbor’s yard. I wanted to experience drawing from nature, but at that point, I wasn’t able to draw much. Even

The Great Mysteries of Art

I’ve always loved reading stories about art sleuths. You know, those dedicated individuals who track down stolen paintings or other works of art, and those, also, who set out to prove or disprove the authenticity of a newly-discovered painting or

The Great Mysteries of Art

I’ve always loved reading stories about art sleuths. You know, those dedicated individuals who track down stolen paintings or other works of art, and those, also, who set out to prove or disprove the authenticity of a newly-discovered painting or

The Road to Transformation

I browsed around a bit this morning and found this quotation from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love:  Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation. Sometimes I stumble across meaningful quotes; other times, I go off in

The Road to Transformation

I browsed around a bit this morning and found this quotation from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love:  Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation. Sometimes I stumble across meaningful quotes; other times, I go off in

Field Trip

What student doesn’t look forward to a field trip? It’s true even for self-taught students of art. On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Albrecht Kemper Art Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri. Oh, how

Field Trip

What student doesn’t look forward to a field trip? It’s true even for self-taught students of art. On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Albrecht Kemper Art Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri. Oh, how

Sketchbooks are for Sketching

I’ve often recounted the story of buying my first sketchbook, how odd it felt to walk through the art supply aisle feeling that I didn’t belong there, how certain I was that I was wasting my money. I truly believed

Sketchbooks are for Sketching

I’ve often recounted the story of buying my first sketchbook, how odd it felt to walk through the art supply aisle feeling that I didn’t belong there, how certain I was that I was wasting my money. I truly believed