Category Archives: Elements of Composition

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

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,

How Art Speaks

“Concept is the reason that you’re painting the painting. It is the idea that you wish to convey to the viewer, and it is the guide to everything that you will do in your painting — from the selection of

How Art Speaks

“Concept is the reason that you’re painting the painting. It is the idea that you wish to convey to the viewer, and it is the guide to everything that you will do in your painting — from the selection of

The Eye — and Mind — of the Beholder

We’ve all heard the adage that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. True, indeed, but may I add that our beholder’s mind may also play a part here? Maybe it’s not always what we see, but what we

The Eye — and Mind — of the Beholder

We’ve all heard the adage that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. True, indeed, but may I add that our beholder’s mind may also play a part here? Maybe it’s not always what we see, but what we

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

There is a very long story behind this painting, much too long to recount here. Suffice it to say that this painting came about as I practiced mixing colors on my palette. I practiced, too, the idea of painting from the

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

There is a very long story behind this painting, much too long to recount here. Suffice it to say that this painting came about as I practiced mixing colors on my palette. I practiced, too, the idea of painting from the

The Great Mysteries of Art

I’ve always loved reading stories about art sleuths. You know, those dedicated individuals who track down stolen paintings or other works of art, and those, also, who set out to prove or disprove the authenticity of a newly-discovered painting or

The Great Mysteries of Art

I’ve always loved reading stories about art sleuths. You know, those dedicated individuals who track down stolen paintings or other works of art, and those, also, who set out to prove or disprove the authenticity of a newly-discovered painting or

Sketchbooks are for Sketching

I’ve often recounted the story of buying my first sketchbook, how odd it felt to walk through the art supply aisle feeling that I didn’t belong there, how certain I was that I was wasting my money. I truly believed

Sketchbooks are for Sketching

I’ve often recounted the story of buying my first sketchbook, how odd it felt to walk through the art supply aisle feeling that I didn’t belong there, how certain I was that I was wasting my money. I truly believed