Category Archives: Elements of Art

Art and Music – Memorization

As a pianist, I’ve always struggled with memorization. It doesn’t come easily for me. Recently I spent weeks memorizing Schumann’s Melodie, a very simple piece with no real technical demands. I played it over and over. I studied the music carefully. I

Art and Music – Memorization

As a pianist, I’ve always struggled with memorization. It doesn’t come easily for me. Recently I spent weeks memorizing Schumann’s Melodie, a very simple piece with no real technical demands. I played it over and over. I studied the music carefully. I

What Are the Elements of Art?

I’ve talked a lot in this blog about getting back to basics in my drawing practices, but what, exactly, are those basics? In my studies, I’ve been taught that there are seven essential elements of art: Line Shape Form Value Space

What Are the Elements of Art?

I’ve talked a lot in this blog about getting back to basics in my drawing practices, but what, exactly, are those basics? In my studies, I’ve been taught that there are seven essential elements of art: Line Shape Form Value Space

My New Drawing Pencils

I’ve had my new Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils for several weeks now. If you’ve been following along on my art journey, you’ll remember my initial thoughts about buying them. Did I really deserve professional quality drawing pencils? Maybe. Maybe not. But

My New Drawing Pencils

I’ve had my new Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils for several weeks now. If you’ve been following along on my art journey, you’ll remember my initial thoughts about buying them. Did I really deserve professional quality drawing pencils? Maybe. Maybe not. But

What Did I Get Myself Into Now?

At the very first art club meeting I attended — last year — one member gave a brief talk about composition and how we can use it to improve our drawings and paintings. As he began, I sat there with a

What Did I Get Myself Into Now?

At the very first art club meeting I attended — last year — one member gave a brief talk about composition and how we can use it to improve our drawings and paintings. As he began, I sat there with a

September is Here!

I love September. I always have, and I’m sure I always will. Really, what’s not to love? Although it’s still warm and autumn won’t officially begin until later in the month, September marks a change of season for me. I

September is Here!

I love September. I always have, and I’m sure I always will. Really, what’s not to love? Although it’s still warm and autumn won’t officially begin until later in the month, September marks a change of season for me. I

Artistic Etudes

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about art and music. This was the theme of a recent issue of Artist magazine, and I’ve enjoyed putting these two art forms together. Working with art and music is more, though,

Artistic Etudes

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about art and music. This was the theme of a recent issue of Artist magazine, and I’ve enjoyed putting these two art forms together. Working with art and music is more, though,

Critiquing Our Art

Having studied art now for several years, I’ve learned that two specific things tend to give us problems: Knowing when a painting is finished Knowing it a painting is good These are related problems, and I’m always looking for information

Critiquing Our Art

Having studied art now for several years, I’ve learned that two specific things tend to give us problems: Knowing when a painting is finished Knowing it a painting is good These are related problems, and I’m always looking for information