Category Archives: Exercises

Building Blocks

Canvas panels are piling up around my house. I keep a good supply of them — in all sizes — near my easel, and each day I grab my acrylics and a big brush, and I prepare one panel with

Building Blocks

Canvas panels are piling up around my house. I keep a good supply of them — in all sizes — near my easel, and each day I grab my acrylics and a big brush, and I prepare one panel with

Speak Softly

Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy was based upon his thought that good diplomacy came about when one spoke softly…and carried a big stick. For those who don’t know, another of my many interests in life is presidential history, but have no

Speak Softly

Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy was based upon his thought that good diplomacy came about when one spoke softly…and carried a big stick. For those who don’t know, another of my many interests in life is presidential history, but have no

The Dreaded Ellipse

The basic principle behind the art of drawing is simple and straightforward. We make lines which become shapes which become forms. Making a mark is easy enough. We put pencil to paper and move from one point to another. Even

The Dreaded Ellipse

The basic principle behind the art of drawing is simple and straightforward. We make lines which become shapes which become forms. Making a mark is easy enough. We put pencil to paper and move from one point to another. Even

The Art of Practice – Final Thoughts

Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared ten tips from The Art of Practice — a little flyer I found among my art supplies — and I hope they’ve been helpful. I don’t agree with all of the tips, and most likely

The Art of Practice – Final Thoughts

Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared ten tips from The Art of Practice — a little flyer I found among my art supplies — and I hope they’ve been helpful. I don’t agree with all of the tips, and most likely

The Art of Practice – Tip #9

Oh, this is a good tip — one I definitely need! Stop Sooner Move on, or set it aside as soon as  you notice your nerves have run amok. Relax. Recognize your compulsive, anxious marks and silence them. Stop, drop,

The Art of Practice – Tip #9

Oh, this is a good tip — one I definitely need! Stop Sooner Move on, or set it aside as soon as  you notice your nerves have run amok. Relax. Recognize your compulsive, anxious marks and silence them. Stop, drop,

The Finer Things in Art

In my on-going quest to paint more realistic trees — meaning trees that actually look like trees — one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is drawing fine lines. You know, those lines that become limbs that become branches that

The Finer Things in Art

In my on-going quest to paint more realistic trees — meaning trees that actually look like trees — one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is drawing fine lines. You know, those lines that become limbs that become branches that

The Art of Practice – Tip #8

Today’s tip is one of the best, I think. ACCEPT RESISTANCE It is not going away, ever. Don’t fight against it. Starve it, and watch it wither away. Most creative journeys are clumsy at the beginning, so anything worth doing

The Art of Practice – Tip #8

Today’s tip is one of the best, I think. ACCEPT RESISTANCE It is not going away, ever. Don’t fight against it. Starve it, and watch it wither away. Most creative journeys are clumsy at the beginning, so anything worth doing