Category Archives: Elements of Art

What Is Art For?

What is art for? We all know that art can certainly be a bit of a mystery.

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What Is Art For?

What is art for? We all know that art can certainly be a bit of a mystery.

Emotions in Art

I’ve written a lot about emotions in art. For me, emotion is what draws me to a particular painting when I’m looking at works of art. Now, as an artist, emotion also draws me to particular scenes, and when I pick up

Emotions in Art

I’ve written a lot about emotions in art. For me, emotion is what draws me to a particular painting when I’m looking at works of art. Now, as an artist, emotion also draws me to particular scenes, and when I pick up

Originality — Or the Lack Thereof

Originality is a word that’s heard in all areas of art: creative writing, dance, music, drawing, painting, and any other art form you can think of. During the reception at the recent HFAA Art Show, judge Phil Schmidt listed originality — or

Originality — Or the Lack Thereof

Originality is a word that’s heard in all areas of art: creative writing, dance, music, drawing, painting, and any other art form you can think of. During the reception at the recent HFAA Art Show, judge Phil Schmidt listed originality — or

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