Category Archives: Elements of Composition

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

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

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

Conceptual Landscape Art – Part 2

Artists often speak of the “ugly stages” of a painting. For me, my paintings often go into that ugly stage and never escape from it. At any rate, my current “conceptual landscape” project has definitely reached that point. It’s horrible.

Conceptual Landscape Art – Part 2

Artists often speak of the “ugly stages” of a painting. For me, my paintings often go into that ugly stage and never escape from it. At any rate, my current “conceptual landscape” project has definitely reached that point. It’s horrible.

The Art of Being Ridiculous

Art should be fun — most of the time, at least. And, if it’s not fun, it should at least be enjoyable. So what happens when we’re facing a project and we’re not finding any pleasure in it? That was the

The Art of Being Ridiculous

Art should be fun — most of the time, at least. And, if it’s not fun, it should at least be enjoyable. So what happens when we’re facing a project and we’re not finding any pleasure in it? That was the

Charting a Course

People have different ways of getting about, different ways of maneuvering through life, different ways to get where they’re going. I would truly be lost without GPS. Some people feel the same way about their bullet journals.  Yes, I jumped

Charting a Course

People have different ways of getting about, different ways of maneuvering through life, different ways to get where they’re going. I would truly be lost without GPS. Some people feel the same way about their bullet journals.  Yes, I jumped