Category Archives: Elements of Art

How Art Speaks

“Concept is the reason that you’re painting the painting. It is the idea that you wish to convey to the viewer, and it is the guide to everything that you will do in your painting — from the selection of

How Art Speaks

“Concept is the reason that you’re painting the painting. It is the idea that you wish to convey to the viewer, and it is the guide to everything that you will do in your painting — from the selection of

The Eye — and Mind — of the Beholder

We’ve all heard the adage that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. True, indeed, but may I add that our beholder’s mind may also play a part here? Maybe it’s not always what we see, but what we

The Eye — and Mind — of the Beholder

We’ve all heard the adage that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. True, indeed, but may I add that our beholder’s mind may also play a part here? Maybe it’s not always what we see, but what we

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

There is a very long story behind this painting, much too long to recount here. Suffice it to say that this painting came about as I practiced mixing colors on my palette. I practiced, too, the idea of painting from the

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

There is a very long story behind this painting, much too long to recount here. Suffice it to say that this painting came about as I practiced mixing colors on my palette. I practiced, too, the idea of painting from the

Johannes Vermeer: So Much Mystery

One of the artists whose work I’ve studied recently is Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer. Little is known of his life, and he produced fewer than fifty paintings, yet he is now considered one of the masters in the world of

Johannes Vermeer: So Much Mystery

One of the artists whose work I’ve studied recently is Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer. Little is known of his life, and he produced fewer than fifty paintings, yet he is now considered one of the masters in the world of

The “Plane” Truth

I hesitate to speak much of truth when it comes to art. There really are no absolutes. We have guidelines to follow and maybe a few natural laws to keep in mind, such as those involving gravity, perspective, light, and the color

The “Plane” Truth

I hesitate to speak much of truth when it comes to art. There really are no absolutes. We have guidelines to follow and maybe a few natural laws to keep in mind, such as those involving gravity, perspective, light, and the color

Picking My Palette

One of the most valuable practice exercises I’ve done lately had little to do with actual painting, but a lot to do with one of the most important elements of art: color. The assignment was simple. Memorize the colors on my

Picking My Palette

One of the most valuable practice exercises I’ve done lately had little to do with actual painting, but a lot to do with one of the most important elements of art: color. The assignment was simple. Memorize the colors on my

Sienna Ridge

Practice. Exercises. Studies. These are all words and concepts I’m familiar with as a pianist, and I’ve found they have meaning for artists, as well. I have to admit that I was really naïve about art before I began this

Sienna Ridge

Practice. Exercises. Studies. These are all words and concepts I’m familiar with as a pianist, and I’ve found they have meaning for artists, as well. I have to admit that I was really naïve about art before I began this