Category Archives: Exercises

My Study in Scarlet

I love it when things converge around me. Call it coincidence, call it serendipity, call it whatever you like. A good friend of mine used to say “The cosmos is revolving,” in such moments, and I rather like that thought.

My Study in Scarlet

I love it when things converge around me. Call it coincidence, call it serendipity, call it whatever you like. A good friend of mine used to say “The cosmos is revolving,” in such moments, and I rather like that thought.

The Curse of Symmetry

Last summer as I was following along with lessons from different drawing books, I came across one assignment — to seek out and draw things which were asymmetrical. It seemed like an easy thing to do, until I tried to

The Curse of Symmetry

Last summer as I was following along with lessons from different drawing books, I came across one assignment — to seek out and draw things which were asymmetrical. It seemed like an easy thing to do, until I tried to

Art and Music – Memorization

As a pianist, I’ve always struggled with memorization. It doesn’t come easily for me. Recently I spent weeks memorizing Schumann’s Melodie, a very simple piece with no real technical demands. I played it over and over. I studied the music carefully. I

Art and Music – Memorization

As a pianist, I’ve always struggled with memorization. It doesn’t come easily for me. Recently I spent weeks memorizing Schumann’s Melodie, a very simple piece with no real technical demands. I played it over and over. I studied the music carefully. I

What Are the Elements of Art?

I’ve talked a lot in this blog about getting back to basics in my drawing practices, but what, exactly, are those basics? In my studies, I’ve been taught that there are seven essential elements of art: Line Shape Form Value Space

What Are the Elements of Art?

I’ve talked a lot in this blog about getting back to basics in my drawing practices, but what, exactly, are those basics? In my studies, I’ve been taught that there are seven essential elements of art: Line Shape Form Value Space

Eine Kleine Nacht… Kunst

First, apologies to Carsten Wieland or any other German speakers…I hope I wrote my title correctly. I’ve been doing a lot of piano practice lately, including a lovely transcription of Mozart’s well-known Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. You’re familiar with the music, even if

Eine Kleine Nacht… Kunst

First, apologies to Carsten Wieland or any other German speakers…I hope I wrote my title correctly. I’ve been doing a lot of piano practice lately, including a lovely transcription of Mozart’s well-known Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. You’re familiar with the music, even if

Who’s Ready for Inktober?

I’m looking forward to Inktober this year, which is rather surprising. Back in 2015 when I first began learning to draw, I knew nothing about this annual event in the art community and probably wouldn’t have dared try it if

Who’s Ready for Inktober?

I’m looking forward to Inktober this year, which is rather surprising. Back in 2015 when I first began learning to draw, I knew nothing about this annual event in the art community and probably wouldn’t have dared try it if

My New Drawing Pencils

I’ve had my new Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils for several weeks now. If you’ve been following along on my art journey, you’ll remember my initial thoughts about buying them. Did I really deserve professional quality drawing pencils? Maybe. Maybe not. But

My New Drawing Pencils

I’ve had my new Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils for several weeks now. If you’ve been following along on my art journey, you’ll remember my initial thoughts about buying them. Did I really deserve professional quality drawing pencils? Maybe. Maybe not. But