Category Archives: Exercises

Because I Can

I’ve been doing quite a bit of drawing recently, and I’ve come to a beautiful realization. I love to draw. I love opening my little art box, taking out different pencils, gathering up my blending tools, finding my eraser, and

Because I Can

I’ve been doing quite a bit of drawing recently, and I’ve come to a beautiful realization. I love to draw. I love opening my little art box, taking out different pencils, gathering up my blending tools, finding my eraser, and

The Test of Time

My first attempts at learning watercolor came in 2016, soon after I started this blog. I’d been pursuing my interest in art for less than a year, having started learning to draw the previous summer. I enjoyed playing with watercolors

The Test of Time

My first attempts at learning watercolor came in 2016, soon after I started this blog. I’d been pursuing my interest in art for less than a year, having started learning to draw the previous summer. I enjoyed playing with watercolors

Bit By the Doodle Bug

I’m a curious sort, and as I sat down to write this post I couldn’t help but wonder, is there really such a thing as a doodle bug? So, setting artistic endeavors aside, I was off on an internet search. Yes,

Bit By the Doodle Bug

I’m a curious sort, and as I sat down to write this post I couldn’t help but wonder, is there really such a thing as a doodle bug? So, setting artistic endeavors aside, I was off on an internet search. Yes,

The Clouds We Drew as Children

I love painting skies. I love painting clouds. But even while I’m loving what I’m doing — which is an important aspect of art — I don’t always love the results. A case in point is “Cumulus – Cloud Study

The Clouds We Drew as Children

I love painting skies. I love painting clouds. But even while I’m loving what I’m doing — which is an important aspect of art — I don’t always love the results. A case in point is “Cumulus – Cloud Study

Just Do It!

Just do it! Those words were popularized as Nike’s slogan for a long time. It’s a positive, uplifting, encouraging statement. Whatever it is you’re wanting to do, just do it. For me and my art work, just do it has become

Just Do It!

Just do it! Those words were popularized as Nike’s slogan for a long time. It’s a positive, uplifting, encouraging statement. Whatever it is you’re wanting to do, just do it. For me and my art work, just do it has become

Making Faces

I’ve been spending a lot of time with watercolor lately. Each day I do a “watercolor warm-up”, which is mostly playing with colorful abstractions, letting the paint swirl around on the page, watching it form images almost on its own.

Making Faces

I’ve been spending a lot of time with watercolor lately. Each day I do a “watercolor warm-up”, which is mostly playing with colorful abstractions, letting the paint swirl around on the page, watching it form images almost on its own.

My First Food Art

I love food, and have loved to cook from a very young age. The highlight of my week is sitting down on Friday evening to plan our meals for the coming week, checking out new recipes to put on the

My First Food Art

I love food, and have loved to cook from a very young age. The highlight of my week is sitting down on Friday evening to plan our meals for the coming week, checking out new recipes to put on the

Just Give It Up, Already!

I believe it’s important for us to try many different things in art. Since I began my journey of discovery, I’ve explored many different media and have tried different subjects. I feel I’ve benefited from every attempt I’ve made at

Just Give It Up, Already!

I believe it’s important for us to try many different things in art. Since I began my journey of discovery, I’ve explored many different media and have tried different subjects. I feel I’ve benefited from every attempt I’ve made at

When Did Gesture Drawing Become So Hard?

I’m reminded again of that quote from Degas about how easy painting is when we don’t know how to do it. The same is true, I think, for any element of art. The less we know, the easier it is

When Did Gesture Drawing Become So Hard?

I’m reminded again of that quote from Degas about how easy painting is when we don’t know how to do it. The same is true, I think, for any element of art. The less we know, the easier it is

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