Category Archives: Elements of Composition

Fauve Fun

Ever since I went hunting the wild beasts of the art world and found myself in the jungle of Fauvism, I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a Fauve-inspired painting. Not as any serious attempt to create an artwork, but as

Fauve Fun

Ever since I went hunting the wild beasts of the art world and found myself in the jungle of Fauvism, I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a Fauve-inspired painting. Not as any serious attempt to create an artwork, but as

Going with the Flow

Back in days past — was it the late 60’s? Early 70s? Folks often talked about going with the flow. Do people still use that phrase? I haven’t heard it in years, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still going

Going with the Flow

Back in days past — was it the late 60’s? Early 70s? Folks often talked about going with the flow. Do people still use that phrase? I haven’t heard it in years, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still going

I’ve Got MORE Rhythm

Life has been busy lately, moving at a very quick pace. I haven’t kept up with my daily drawing time. Now that Inktober is over… well, other things have taken precedence over my morning drawing. And, other than my experiment

I’ve Got MORE Rhythm

Life has been busy lately, moving at a very quick pace. I haven’t kept up with my daily drawing time. Now that Inktober is over… well, other things have taken precedence over my morning drawing. And, other than my experiment

I’ve Got Rhythm!

That Gershwin tune is bouncing around in my head this morning. I’m not sure I really have much rhythm when it comes to my art, but it’s a fascinating topic to explore. Here’s a great little video I enjoyed watching.

I’ve Got Rhythm!

That Gershwin tune is bouncing around in my head this morning. I’m not sure I really have much rhythm when it comes to my art, but it’s a fascinating topic to explore. Here’s a great little video I enjoyed watching.

R & B Art

Who likes rhythm and blues? Well, guess what. That’s not what today’s post is all about. The R & B in art, you see, stands not for rhythm and blues, but for rhythm and balance. The painting here is one of

R & B Art

Who likes rhythm and blues? Well, guess what. That’s not what today’s post is all about. The R & B in art, you see, stands not for rhythm and blues, but for rhythm and balance. The painting here is one of

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

One Thing Leads to Another

What I love most about creativity is how one thing always leads to another, so there’s never an end to all there is to learn, to do, and to explore. Right now I’m embarking on yet another new creative adventure,

One Thing Leads to Another

What I love most about creativity is how one thing always leads to another, so there’s never an end to all there is to learn, to do, and to explore. Right now I’m embarking on yet another new creative adventure,

Taking It Slow

I’ve done a little more work on my seascape. Not much, but enough that I’m starting to question myself and my choices. What I’ve been working on is the distant horizon. Before I put any paint on my palette or

Taking It Slow

I’ve done a little more work on my seascape. Not much, but enough that I’m starting to question myself and my choices. What I’ve been working on is the distant horizon. Before I put any paint on my palette or

My Old Bugaboo

I love words, and among the words I love best is bugaboo. It’s a playful-sounding word; it’s light-hearted, and it makes me laugh. What, exactly is a bugaboo? According to Merriam-Webster, a bugaboo is “an imaginary object of fear.” It can also be

My Old Bugaboo

I love words, and among the words I love best is bugaboo. It’s a playful-sounding word; it’s light-hearted, and it makes me laugh. What, exactly is a bugaboo? According to Merriam-Webster, a bugaboo is “an imaginary object of fear.” It can also be

Impressionist Styles

Characteristics of an Impressionist painting include distinctive brush strokes, vivid colors, ordinary subject matter, candid poses and compositions and most importantly, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities and unusual visual angles.

Impressionist Styles

Characteristics of an Impressionist painting include distinctive brush strokes, vivid colors, ordinary subject matter, candid poses and compositions and most importantly, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities and unusual visual angles.