Category Archives: Elements of Art

A New Approach to Skin Tones

When I did a few watercolor portraits a couple of years ago, I learned a clever little rhyme: Red and yellow, brown and white Help us get our skin tones right Two Watercolor Portraits That little rhyme did help me

A New Approach to Skin Tones

When I did a few watercolor portraits a couple of years ago, I learned a clever little rhyme: Red and yellow, brown and white Help us get our skin tones right Two Watercolor Portraits That little rhyme did help me

Exploring New Realms

At the moment I have a lot of paintings on my easel — or nearby — that are, frankly, hideous. They’re mostly painting exercises I’ve been doing to learn more about colors. I have one monstrosity (which I won’t show

Exploring New Realms

At the moment I have a lot of paintings on my easel — or nearby — that are, frankly, hideous. They’re mostly painting exercises I’ve been doing to learn more about colors. I have one monstrosity (which I won’t show

It Could Actually Be a Lot Worse

I’ve been playing with my left-over paints again, and I just had to see what I could do with that self-portrait image I shared yesterday. Could I paint a very simplified version of my face? I mean, seriously… not just

It Could Actually Be a Lot Worse

I’ve been playing with my left-over paints again, and I just had to see what I could do with that self-portrait image I shared yesterday. Could I paint a very simplified version of my face? I mean, seriously… not just

No Apologies

As I post this completed “potted plant” painting — my first attempt at a still life — I want to apologize, but I can’t. Or I won’t. Or whatever. If you read yesterday’s post about my new “Do’s and Don’t’s”

No Apologies

As I post this completed “potted plant” painting — my first attempt at a still life — I want to apologize, but I can’t. Or I won’t. Or whatever. If you read yesterday’s post about my new “Do’s and Don’t’s”

A Few New Do’s and Don’t’s

How, precisely, does one spell “don’t’s”? I don’t know, but I’m not going to worry about it. See? My new attitude is kicking in, and if I make a few mistakes here and there, the world isn’t going to come

A Few New Do’s and Don’t’s

How, precisely, does one spell “don’t’s”? I don’t know, but I’m not going to worry about it. See? My new attitude is kicking in, and if I make a few mistakes here and there, the world isn’t going to come

When It All Goes Wrong

Brace yourselves. Now that I’ve adopted the rule of never wiping away a work in progress, you’ll be seeing a lot of bad paintings, like this one: You’ll recognize it, of course, as yet another of my woodland scenes, and

When It All Goes Wrong

Brace yourselves. Now that I’ve adopted the rule of never wiping away a work in progress, you’ll be seeing a lot of bad paintings, like this one: You’ll recognize it, of course, as yet another of my woodland scenes, and

A Method to my Madness

Insanity, it’s been said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. By that definition, I might well be called crazy because my recent art practice has been based on taking a familiar “woodland scene” idea

A Method to my Madness

Insanity, it’s been said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. By that definition, I might well be called crazy because my recent art practice has been based on taking a familiar “woodland scene” idea