Category Archives: Art Studio

“I Must Have Flowers”

My husband and I have recently planted a lot of flowers. Some were plants we bought, others we’ve planted from seeds. We enjoyed making this little garden area beneath the apple tree. I love flowers. I love sitting outside each

“I Must Have Flowers”

My husband and I have recently planted a lot of flowers. Some were plants we bought, others we’ve planted from seeds. We enjoyed making this little garden area beneath the apple tree. I love flowers. I love sitting outside each

What Makes Art Fun?

My husband is an advocate for fun. “If it’s not fun, don’t do it,” he tells me often. To say that he’s lived his life in accordance with that philosophy might make him seem irresponsible or careless. Quite the contrary.

What Makes Art Fun?

My husband is an advocate for fun. “If it’s not fun, don’t do it,” he tells me often. To say that he’s lived his life in accordance with that philosophy might make him seem irresponsible or careless. Quite the contrary.

What I’ve Learned from Watercolor

John Dewey, philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, once coined the term collateral learning. He said on the subject: “Perhaps the greatest of all pedagogical fallacies is the notion that a person learns only the particular things he is studying at

What I’ve Learned from Watercolor

John Dewey, philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, once coined the term collateral learning. He said on the subject: “Perhaps the greatest of all pedagogical fallacies is the notion that a person learns only the particular things he is studying at

Seriously?

The good news is that my watercolor techniques are improving — somewhat. Doing daily “watercolor warm-ups” is helpful. Practicing each day leads to progress. Painting every day makes a huge difference. There’s something else that makes a huge difference, I’ve learned,

Seriously?

The good news is that my watercolor techniques are improving — somewhat. Doing daily “watercolor warm-ups” is helpful. Practicing each day leads to progress. Painting every day makes a huge difference. There’s something else that makes a huge difference, I’ve learned,

Buckle Up!

Yes, folks, this is my promised rant about watercolor paper. Now that I’ve been playing around with my watercolors for a few weeks, I’m remembering my frustrations and why I finally gave up watercolor painting. It’s not because of the

Buckle Up!

Yes, folks, this is my promised rant about watercolor paper. Now that I’ve been playing around with my watercolors for a few weeks, I’m remembering my frustrations and why I finally gave up watercolor painting. It’s not because of the

Rethinking the Studio

A few weeks ago, I finally began setting up my new art studio following our move. It was exciting, yet also challenging. As I wrote in a previous post, the task required making deliberate choices, trying to logically figure out

Rethinking the Studio

A few weeks ago, I finally began setting up my new art studio following our move. It was exciting, yet also challenging. As I wrote in a previous post, the task required making deliberate choices, trying to logically figure out

A Grab Bag of Colors

I remember well the excitement I felt as an aspiring artist first discovering colors. When I began learning to draw, I worked in black and white for a long, long time. Graphite first. Charcoal. Conte sticks in neutral colors. But

A Grab Bag of Colors

I remember well the excitement I felt as an aspiring artist first discovering colors. When I began learning to draw, I worked in black and white for a long, long time. Graphite first. Charcoal. Conte sticks in neutral colors. But

This and That — Having Fun in the Studio

Art is messy. Recently I blogged about setting up my new art studio. Oh, how lovely to have a place for everything — and everything in its place. That was last week. This is now. Yep. It’s a bit messy,

This and That — Having Fun in the Studio

Art is messy. Recently I blogged about setting up my new art studio. Oh, how lovely to have a place for everything — and everything in its place. That was last week. This is now. Yep. It’s a bit messy,

Different Strokes

I’m not much of a TV viewer, so while I’m aware that there was once a program called Different Strokes, I’m not familiar with it. I am familiar, though, with Everyday People, a funky tune from Sly and the Family Stone

Different Strokes

I’m not much of a TV viewer, so while I’m aware that there was once a program called Different Strokes, I’m not familiar with it. I am familiar, though, with Everyday People, a funky tune from Sly and the Family Stone

Blobs of Color

In the midst of all the bad art I’m creating right now, I’m also exploring lots of fun things. In looking back at my philosophical rantings and ramblings yesterday about the why behind my bad art, I could probably have

Blobs of Color

In the midst of all the bad art I’m creating right now, I’m also exploring lots of fun things. In looking back at my philosophical rantings and ramblings yesterday about the why behind my bad art, I could probably have