Monthly Archives: June 2018

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

The Experience of Art

If I were an art teacher — which I’ll never be — the first thing I would teach my students is that all art is illusion. That fact probably seems obvious to most people. It wasn’t obvious to me when

The Experience of Art

If I were an art teacher — which I’ll never be — the first thing I would teach my students is that all art is illusion. That fact probably seems obvious to most people. It wasn’t obvious to me when

Setting the Tone

Lately I’ve been pondering an art question: Why do we tone canvases with acrylic before painting? Now, first, let me clarify. I’m not asking the reason for toning our canvases. I’m just curious about the use of acrylics. I know

Setting the Tone

Lately I’ve been pondering an art question: Why do we tone canvases with acrylic before painting? Now, first, let me clarify. I’m not asking the reason for toning our canvases. I’m just curious about the use of acrylics. I know

Young Artist at Work

I’m never too trusting of internet quotes, but we’ve all heard the one attributed to Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up.” I am reminded of this quote each

Young Artist at Work

I’m never too trusting of internet quotes, but we’ve all heard the one attributed to Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up.” I am reminded of this quote each

This Is What an Artist Does

Yesterday morning marked another step on my journey as an artist. I took my portable easel, put my oil paints and other supplies in plastic bags, grabbed a canvas panel and headed out the door en route to my first

This Is What an Artist Does

Yesterday morning marked another step on my journey as an artist. I took my portable easel, put my oil paints and other supplies in plastic bags, grabbed a canvas panel and headed out the door en route to my first