Category Archives: Elements of Art

We Interrupt This Program…

Only a few days into Inktober last year, I had to interrupt so that I could share my happiness over winning my first art award — a judge merit award on the “storm clouds” painting I’d entered in the 2018

We Interrupt This Program…

Only a few days into Inktober last year, I had to interrupt so that I could share my happiness over winning my first art award — a judge merit award on the “storm clouds” painting I’d entered in the 2018

Creating Illusions

I remember the first time I heard that art is an illusion. Maybe other artists have a natural awareness of that very basic truth, but for me it was an eye-opening, mind-jolting moment of realization. Yes, art is illusion. That realization

Creating Illusions

I remember the first time I heard that art is an illusion. Maybe other artists have a natural awareness of that very basic truth, but for me it was an eye-opening, mind-jolting moment of realization. Yes, art is illusion. That realization

The Same — But Different

One of my favorite jokes as a child was one about two women discussing fashion. The first had just bought a new dress and was showing it off. The second woman remarks: Oh, I have a dress just like that!

The Same — But Different

One of my favorite jokes as a child was one about two women discussing fashion. The first had just bought a new dress and was showing it off. The second woman remarks: Oh, I have a dress just like that!

Creating Interest through Contrast

My drawing time this morning involved a rather technical concept, that of creating interest in a drawing through the use of contrast. In today’s exercise the contrast was one of value, although there are many other forms of contrast we

Creating Interest through Contrast

My drawing time this morning involved a rather technical concept, that of creating interest in a drawing through the use of contrast. In today’s exercise the contrast was one of value, although there are many other forms of contrast we

A Bunch of Bad Apples

It’s said that it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch… and here I am with a whole bunch of bad apples! When I first began learning to draw, I prided myself on my apples. I couldn’t draw

A Bunch of Bad Apples

It’s said that it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch… and here I am with a whole bunch of bad apples! When I first began learning to draw, I prided myself on my apples. I couldn’t draw

Losing the Lines

I love drawing with graphite. More than oil painting, more than charcoal, conte, pastels, or watercolors, I absolutely love drawing with graphite. I’ve been practicing a lot lately with pens and inks, as you know, but I’ll say it again.

Losing the Lines

I love drawing with graphite. More than oil painting, more than charcoal, conte, pastels, or watercolors, I absolutely love drawing with graphite. I’ve been practicing a lot lately with pens and inks, as you know, but I’ll say it again.

Why Are Eyelashes So Hard to Draw?

My Sketchtember plans — a graphite drawing each day — have changed a little bit. My first plan was to follow along with a list of things-to-draw from The Virtual Instructor website. The second plan was to focus more on graphite

Why Are Eyelashes So Hard to Draw?

My Sketchtember plans — a graphite drawing each day — have changed a little bit. My first plan was to follow along with a list of things-to-draw from The Virtual Instructor website. The second plan was to focus more on graphite