Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Allure of Darkness

I’ve been reading about Gothic art — not the historical sort, but the more modern-day concept that many artists have embraced. I’ll admit that I don’t understand a lot of it, but I’m old, and no doubt a bit old-fashioned in my

The Allure of Darkness

I’ve been reading about Gothic art — not the historical sort, but the more modern-day concept that many artists have embraced. I’ll admit that I don’t understand a lot of it, but I’m old, and no doubt a bit old-fashioned in my

Halloween Will Soon Be Here!

It might seem a little early for some folks, but I love Halloween, and this weekend my husband is getting out all our decorations. With the help of a grandson, he’ll be stringing spider lights, creating cobwebs, and checking out

Halloween Will Soon Be Here!

It might seem a little early for some folks, but I love Halloween, and this weekend my husband is getting out all our decorations. With the help of a grandson, he’ll be stringing spider lights, creating cobwebs, and checking out

The Eyes Have It

You knew it, didn’t you? It was inevitable that once I attended that pastel portrait workshop and treated myself to a set of soft pastel pencils, I would have to start doing more portraits. So, brace yourself. In coming weeks,

The Eyes Have It

You knew it, didn’t you? It was inevitable that once I attended that pastel portrait workshop and treated myself to a set of soft pastel pencils, I would have to start doing more portraits. So, brace yourself. In coming weeks,

My Study in Scarlet

I love it when things converge around me. Call it coincidence, call it synchronicity, call it whatever you like. A good friend of mine used to say “The cosmos is revolving,” in such moments, and I rather like that thought.

My Study in Scarlet

I love it when things converge around me. Call it coincidence, call it synchronicity, call it whatever you like. A good friend of mine used to say “The cosmos is revolving,” in such moments, and I rather like that thought.

A Treat!

We often hear about the need to push ourselves, to step out of our comfort zones, and to do things that are a little bit scary. That’s what I’ve done recently. I gathered my courage, framed a few oil paintings, and

A Treat!

We often hear about the need to push ourselves, to step out of our comfort zones, and to do things that are a little bit scary. That’s what I’ve done recently. I gathered my courage, framed a few oil paintings, and

Disaster at Sea

Somewhere I found a browser add-on that includes a breath-taking picture, a place to list my to-do’s for the day, and a memorable quote. I don’t know what the name of the program is, but I like the add-on. Sometimes

Disaster at Sea

Somewhere I found a browser add-on that includes a breath-taking picture, a place to list my to-do’s for the day, and a memorable quote. I don’t know what the name of the program is, but I like the add-on. Sometimes

At a Pastel Workshop

Saturday was such a fun day! I attended my first art workshop, and I loved it. For me, this was a completely new experience. Although I’ve attended “live lessons” at The Virtual Instructor site and have been able to chat

At a Pastel Workshop

Saturday was such a fun day! I attended my first art workshop, and I loved it. For me, this was a completely new experience. Although I’ve attended “live lessons” at The Virtual Instructor site and have been able to chat

In a Word…

Recently I read an article about conceptual artist and sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. She was best known for the oversized female forms she created, such as her famous Nanas. Although these voluptuous statues serve a larger purpose — exploring the

In a Word…

Recently I read an article about conceptual artist and sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. She was best known for the oversized female forms she created, such as her famous Nanas. Although these voluptuous statues serve a larger purpose — exploring the

The Curse of Symmetry

Last summer as I was following along with lessons from different drawing books, I came across one assignment — to seek out and draw things which were asymmetrical. It seemed like an easy thing to do, until I tried to

The Curse of Symmetry

Last summer as I was following along with lessons from different drawing books, I came across one assignment — to seek out and draw things which were asymmetrical. It seemed like an easy thing to do, until I tried to

Art and Music – Memorization

As a pianist, I’ve always struggled with memorization. It doesn’t come easily for me. Recently I spent weeks memorizing Schumann’s Melodie, a very simple piece with no real technical demands. I played it over and over. I studied the music carefully. I

Art and Music – Memorization

As a pianist, I’ve always struggled with memorization. It doesn’t come easily for me. Recently I spent weeks memorizing Schumann’s Melodie, a very simple piece with no real technical demands. I played it over and over. I studied the music carefully. I