Category Archives: Elements of Art

Slip Sliding Away

I’ve mentioned acrylic pouring several times in the past. When I first saw colorful pourings on-line, I was excited and eager to try this art-form for myself. I could see at once — to be blunt here — that little,

Slip Sliding Away

I’ve mentioned acrylic pouring several times in the past. When I first saw colorful pourings on-line, I was excited and eager to try this art-form for myself. I could see at once — to be blunt here — that little,

Breaking Up Is Not So Hard to Do

Yesterday I painted a very simple watercolor landscape as part of my 100-day creative art adventure. As you know, I’m following along page by page, day by day, with a watercolor book written by Aubrey Phillips. I bought the book back

Breaking Up Is Not So Hard to Do

Yesterday I painted a very simple watercolor landscape as part of my 100-day creative art adventure. As you know, I’m following along page by page, day by day, with a watercolor book written by Aubrey Phillips. I bought the book back

It’s Complicated

Several years back there was a movie — It’s Complicated — about modern-day relationships — which can, indeed, become a bit complicated. I’m fortunate to have a good, old-fashioned sort of relationship. Nothing complicated there, at all. But,  you know

It’s Complicated

Several years back there was a movie — It’s Complicated — about modern-day relationships — which can, indeed, become a bit complicated. I’m fortunate to have a good, old-fashioned sort of relationship. Nothing complicated there, at all. But,  you know

Theme and Variations

As a writer, a musician and an artist, I often draw comparisons between these various disciplines. We find so many elements that link them! Rhythm, harmony, and interpretation are present in both art and music, and ideas of narrative and

Theme and Variations

As a writer, a musician and an artist, I often draw comparisons between these various disciplines. We find so many elements that link them! Rhythm, harmony, and interpretation are present in both art and music, and ideas of narrative and

Yes, You Can

Five years ago today I stood looking at a beautiful display of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. I’d purchased them — a complete set — to use with the new “grown-up” coloring book I’d recently bought. These coloring books were only

Yes, You Can

Five years ago today I stood looking at a beautiful display of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. I’d purchased them — a complete set — to use with the new “grown-up” coloring book I’d recently bought. These coloring books were only

Primary Colors

I want to begin by thanking Kathy, “the picture lady” for her post about a fun art project! It’s “Rolling Marbles in Paint” — something I would never have thought of! Once I read about the project, I couldn’t wait

Primary Colors

I want to begin by thanking Kathy, “the picture lady” for her post about a fun art project! It’s “Rolling Marbles in Paint” — something I would never have thought of! Once I read about the project, I couldn’t wait

The Experience of Art

Toward the end of last month, I shared my whimsical watercolor based on Mary Cassatt’s painting, The Child’s Bath. I loved doing this quick, anything-goes version of one of my favorite paintings, and there was a purpose behind it. For me,

The Experience of Art

Toward the end of last month, I shared my whimsical watercolor based on Mary Cassatt’s painting, The Child’s Bath. I loved doing this quick, anything-goes version of one of my favorite paintings, and there was a purpose behind it. For me,

A Playful Project

I’m going to say it straight out — I love this whimsical watercolor. I don’t care how long I live, how many paintings I do, or how well I ever master the medium of watercolor, this will always be one

A Playful Project

I’m going to say it straight out — I love this whimsical watercolor. I don’t care how long I live, how many paintings I do, or how well I ever master the medium of watercolor, this will always be one

Do the Best You Can with What You’ve Got

Monday morning last week was not the best of mornings. It started off all right, but then I came down to the studio. I eagerly opened my browser and headed here to the blog. It’s a fun part of my

Do the Best You Can with What You’ve Got

Monday morning last week was not the best of mornings. It started off all right, but then I came down to the studio. I eagerly opened my browser and headed here to the blog. It’s a fun part of my

Playing with Colors

My watercolor warm-up each morning is quite enjoyable. It’s become one of my favorite times of the day. I squiggle and scribble on newsprint. I splash water and paint here and there, I make thin lines and thick lines, and

Playing with Colors

My watercolor warm-up each morning is quite enjoyable. It’s become one of my favorite times of the day. I squiggle and scribble on newsprint. I splash water and paint here and there, I make thin lines and thick lines, and