Category Archives: Charcoal

Stumped

When I made my big charcoal mess a few days ago, I was definitely feeling frustrated. For me, one of the most difficult things about art is that awful sense of time wasted. It’s partly my fault, of course, because

Stumped

When I made my big charcoal mess a few days ago, I was definitely feeling frustrated. For me, one of the most difficult things about art is that awful sense of time wasted. It’s partly my fault, of course, because

This Is Why I Don’t Do Plein Air

One thing that would help me in my art is plein air painting. It’s been suggested to me many times, and the art groups I belong to occasionally hold plein air sessions. I conveniently manage to be busy on those days

This Is Why I Don’t Do Plein Air

One thing that would help me in my art is plein air painting. It’s been suggested to me many times, and the art groups I belong to occasionally hold plein air sessions. I conveniently manage to be busy on those days

The Birds!

This little fellow is late to the “Draw-a-Bird” party this month, so he’ll be flapping his wings like crazy to catch up with the rest of the flock. I’ll be doing the same — playing catch-up on my Inktober prompts.

The Birds!

This little fellow is late to the “Draw-a-Bird” party this month, so he’ll be flapping his wings like crazy to catch up with the rest of the flock. I’ll be doing the same — playing catch-up on my Inktober prompts.

A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose

In Sacred Emily, written in 1913, Gertrude Stein says that “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” She’s referring to Jack Rose, a figure in the poem. Today, we’ve come to use that line of poetry as a way

A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose

In Sacred Emily, written in 1913, Gertrude Stein says that “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” She’s referring to Jack Rose, a figure in the poem. Today, we’ve come to use that line of poetry as a way

Black and White

I love idioms. You know, those little phrases that work their way into the language whether they make any sense or not. Here in the Midwest we have a few that are uniquely our own and which sometimes leave people

Black and White

I love idioms. You know, those little phrases that work their way into the language whether they make any sense or not. Here in the Midwest we have a few that are uniquely our own and which sometimes leave people

What Did I Expect?

Had someone told me a year ago that today I would be writing posts for an online art blog, happily drawing and painting, and sharing my work with others, I would have gotten a good laugh from that prediction. Never in

What Did I Expect?

Had someone told me a year ago that today I would be writing posts for an online art blog, happily drawing and painting, and sharing my work with others, I would have gotten a good laugh from that prediction. Never in

The Personal Touch of Art

Something about art moves people, I’ve learned. It has the power to touch people in ways we can’t fully understand. For a moment, stop and think about your favorite works of art — paintings, sculptures, architectural wonders. Can you define

The Personal Touch of Art

Something about art moves people, I’ve learned. It has the power to touch people in ways we can’t fully understand. For a moment, stop and think about your favorite works of art — paintings, sculptures, architectural wonders. Can you define