Monthly Archives: July 2019

The Great Frame-Up

Recently I sat down with a notepad, lined all my “good” paintings up, and proceeded to evaluate them. I used a list of common elements of painting borrowed from Phil Schmidt. Originality Emotive quality Composition Execution Presentation Now, I don’t

The Great Frame-Up

Recently I sat down with a notepad, lined all my “good” paintings up, and proceeded to evaluate them. I used a list of common elements of painting borrowed from Phil Schmidt. Originality Emotive quality Composition Execution Presentation Now, I don’t

I Dare You!

I love landscapes, but I also love figure drawing and portraiture. At some point on this artistic journey, I want to do people paintings. I’m fascinated by faces — and by the human body, too. Of course, learning to paint

I Dare You!

I love landscapes, but I also love figure drawing and portraiture. At some point on this artistic journey, I want to do people paintings. I’m fascinated by faces — and by the human body, too. Of course, learning to paint

Do Something, Even If It’s Wrong

Last December I started a new painting. At the time I was reading an oil painting book in which the artist advocated starting with the darkest and lightest values, more or less mapping out those points on the canvas. So,

Do Something, Even If It’s Wrong

Last December I started a new painting. At the time I was reading an oil painting book in which the artist advocated starting with the darkest and lightest values, more or less mapping out those points on the canvas. So,

Art – Simplified

I’ve been fortunate in that one of the lessons I’ve learned in life is the value of simplicity. Of course, I have to be honest and admit that I haven’t always applied that principle. Appreciating simplicity has certainly not been part of

Art – Simplified

I’ve been fortunate in that one of the lessons I’ve learned in life is the value of simplicity. Of course, I have to be honest and admit that I haven’t always applied that principle. Appreciating simplicity has certainly not been part of

An Abstract I Actually Like

I am not an abstract painter. While I love abstract art, I’m only good at looking at it, not creating it. I rarely attempt abstract art, usually only if I’ve been reading about it or have been otherwise challenged in

An Abstract I Actually Like

I am not an abstract painter. While I love abstract art, I’m only good at looking at it, not creating it. I rarely attempt abstract art, usually only if I’ve been reading about it or have been otherwise challenged in

In Praise of the Lowly Pencil

My foray into the art world began with a pencil. I think that’s how most of us begin, isn’t it? Pencils are ubiquitous things. No matter who you are and where you are right now, there’s probably a pencil or

In Praise of the Lowly Pencil

My foray into the art world began with a pencil. I think that’s how most of us begin, isn’t it? Pencils are ubiquitous things. No matter who you are and where you are right now, there’s probably a pencil or

Ready…Set…Show!

Art shows are exciting. Even with my limited experience, I feel that excitement each time I receive an invitation to participate in an upcoming show. Right now, I have five different shows on the horizon, paintings sitting all over the

Ready…Set…Show!

Art shows are exciting. Even with my limited experience, I feel that excitement each time I receive an invitation to participate in an upcoming show. Right now, I have five different shows on the horizon, paintings sitting all over the