Monthly Archives: August 2018

Artistic Etudes

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about art and music. This was the theme of a recent issue of Artist magazine, and I’ve enjoyed putting these two art forms together. Working with art and music is more, though,

Artistic Etudes

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about art and music. This was the theme of a recent issue of Artist magazine, and I’ve enjoyed putting these two art forms together. Working with art and music is more, though,

Basic Brush Strokes – Blending Techniques

Over the next few weeks I’ll be learning about — and practicing — lots of different brush strokes for oil painting. With practice, I hope I’ll be able to use many of these different techniques as I paint. Brush strokes

Basic Brush Strokes – Blending Techniques

Over the next few weeks I’ll be learning about — and practicing — lots of different brush strokes for oil painting. With practice, I hope I’ll be able to use many of these different techniques as I paint. Brush strokes

North Lake

Recently my husband and I spent a little time at North Lake — a beautiful fishing lake north of the town where we live. Since I’m doing more drawing and painting directly from nature, we’ve been checking out many of

North Lake

Recently my husband and I spent a little time at North Lake — a beautiful fishing lake north of the town where we live. Since I’m doing more drawing and painting directly from nature, we’ve been checking out many of

By Any Other Name…

William Shakespeare said it, and we’ve all heard it. In fact, we’ve all probably said it a time or two in our lives: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” It’s true, of course. A rose is

By Any Other Name…

William Shakespeare said it, and we’ve all heard it. In fact, we’ve all probably said it a time or two in our lives: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” It’s true, of course. A rose is

Yes, Anyone Can Learn to Draw

I’ll admit, I really didn’t believe I could ever learn to draw. I truly have no artistic talent whatsoever, and I scoffed at the idea that drawing was a skill that could be learned. Even though I tried at several

Yes, Anyone Can Learn to Draw

I’ll admit, I really didn’t believe I could ever learn to draw. I truly have no artistic talent whatsoever, and I scoffed at the idea that drawing was a skill that could be learned. Even though I tried at several

Do I Have an Egbert?

I wrote about brushes once before — when I was first doing watercolor painting. That was a little over two years ago, and a lot has changed since then, at least when it comes to me and painting. I’ve discovered

Do I Have an Egbert?

I wrote about brushes once before — when I was first doing watercolor painting. That was a little over two years ago, and a lot has changed since then, at least when it comes to me and painting. I’ve discovered

It’s Not a Competition

“It’s not a competition.” I read those words as I browsed books at Amazon, and with a sigh of relief — and gratitude — I quickly downloaded the book they were from. It’s Urban Art Guide — How to Draw Urban

It’s Not a Competition

“It’s not a competition.” I read those words as I browsed books at Amazon, and with a sigh of relief — and gratitude — I quickly downloaded the book they were from. It’s Urban Art Guide — How to Draw Urban

Heart and Soul

Over the summer I’ve been doing a few abstract paintings in acrylics. Since I don’t ordinarily do abstract art and since acrylics and I don’t get along well, this may seem like a strange thing for me to do. I

Heart and Soul

Over the summer I’ve been doing a few abstract paintings in acrylics. Since I don’t ordinarily do abstract art and since acrylics and I don’t get along well, this may seem like a strange thing for me to do. I

A Definite Improvement — Or Not?

Recently I wrote about the process of critiquing our own art, and I used a painting I’d recently finished as an example. As I went through the critique process, I quickly realized that — in my opinion — the painting

A Definite Improvement — Or Not?

Recently I wrote about the process of critiquing our own art, and I used a painting I’d recently finished as an example. As I went through the critique process, I quickly realized that — in my opinion — the painting

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Nope, I’m not drawing dogs — although our stuffed puppies do make excellent subjects. From time to time I will sketch one of them during my daily drawing practices, but this post isn’t about puppies. It’s another post about trees,

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Nope, I’m not drawing dogs — although our stuffed puppies do make excellent subjects. From time to time I will sketch one of them during my daily drawing practices, but this post isn’t about puppies. It’s another post about trees,