Monthly Archives: January 2020

Why Is It Art?

We’ve all asked that question before, haven’t we? My husband asks it often, fortunately not about anything I’ve painted — which probably deserves that question now and then — but about those puzzling works of art that seem to be

Why Is It Art?

We’ve all asked that question before, haven’t we? My husband asks it often, fortunately not about anything I’ve painted — which probably deserves that question now and then — but about those puzzling works of art that seem to be

Can You Guess?

I enjoy each new issue of Missouri Conservationist, a monthly magazine free to residents of our state. The magazine features articles on outdoor activities, beautiful full color photos of scenic places to visit, and lots of helpful information for those who love

Can You Guess?

I enjoy each new issue of Missouri Conservationist, a monthly magazine free to residents of our state. The magazine features articles on outdoor activities, beautiful full color photos of scenic places to visit, and lots of helpful information for those who love

The Backroad Barn Challenge

Yep, folks, that’s a barn you’re looking at. Yep, folks, I painted that barn. Yep, folks, I’m rather proud of it. If you’ve read much of this blog, you know that I don’t paint barns — or any buildings —

The Backroad Barn Challenge

Yep, folks, that’s a barn you’re looking at. Yep, folks, I painted that barn. Yep, folks, I’m rather proud of it. If you’ve read much of this blog, you know that I don’t paint barns — or any buildings —

Getting Adventurous

I’ve already declared that 2020 — the Chinese year of the Rat — will be a year of imagination for me. As each day goes by, I find myself building onto that single word and watching it grow and blossom.

Getting Adventurous

I’ve already declared that 2020 — the Chinese year of the Rat — will be a year of imagination for me. As each day goes by, I find myself building onto that single word and watching it grow and blossom.

Rats!

This weekend marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year. It is the year of the rat. And that’s what my grand-daughter and I were both saying on Sunday afternoon when we drove to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in

Rats!

This weekend marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year. It is the year of the rat. And that’s what my grand-daughter and I were both saying on Sunday afternoon when we drove to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in

Back to Basics with Brushes

When I began oil painting a few years ago, I was confounded by brushes. Earlier, I’d done a bit of watercolor painting, and I’d attempted acrylics, and in both instances, again, brushes were a source of bewilderment. What brushes did

Back to Basics with Brushes

When I began oil painting a few years ago, I was confounded by brushes. Earlier, I’d done a bit of watercolor painting, and I’d attempted acrylics, and in both instances, again, brushes were a source of bewilderment. What brushes did

Dressed for the Occasion

I love coincidences, especially ones that involve things I’m learning about. When my attention is called to one thing from various different sources, I take note, always thinking that there must be some significance there, some reason why the cosmos

Dressed for the Occasion

I love coincidences, especially ones that involve things I’m learning about. When my attention is called to one thing from various different sources, I take note, always thinking that there must be some significance there, some reason why the cosmos

A New Approach to Skin Tones

When I did a few watercolor portraits a couple of years ago, I learned a clever little rhyme: Red and yellow, brown and white Help us get our skin tones right Two Watercolor Portraits That little rhyme did help me

A New Approach to Skin Tones

When I did a few watercolor portraits a couple of years ago, I learned a clever little rhyme: Red and yellow, brown and white Help us get our skin tones right Two Watercolor Portraits That little rhyme did help me

Exploring New Realms

At the moment I have a lot of paintings on my easel — or nearby — that are, frankly, hideous. They’re mostly painting exercises I’ve been doing to learn more about colors. I have one monstrosity (which I won’t show

Exploring New Realms

At the moment I have a lot of paintings on my easel — or nearby — that are, frankly, hideous. They’re mostly painting exercises I’ve been doing to learn more about colors. I have one monstrosity (which I won’t show

Morning Inspiration

I sometimes go through times when I don’t feel I’m learning, growing, or improving as an artist. At other times, the opposite happens, and I suddenly feel as if I’m taking gigantic leaps forward. Happily, I’m moving into one of

Morning Inspiration

I sometimes go through times when I don’t feel I’m learning, growing, or improving as an artist. At other times, the opposite happens, and I suddenly feel as if I’m taking gigantic leaps forward. Happily, I’m moving into one of