Category Archives: Exercises

A New Approach to Skin Tones

When I did a few watercolor portraits a couple of years ago, I learned a clever little rhyme: Red and yellow, brown and white Help us get our skin tones right Two Watercolor Portraits That little rhyme did help me

A New Approach to Skin Tones

When I did a few watercolor portraits a couple of years ago, I learned a clever little rhyme: Red and yellow, brown and white Help us get our skin tones right Two Watercolor Portraits That little rhyme did help me

Steps Toward a Still Life

Never have I had any inclination toward still life painting. I love looking at them, and I marvel at the details good artists put into their still life paintings.  Just take a close look at this gorgeous painting by Jan

Steps Toward a Still Life

Never have I had any inclination toward still life painting. I love looking at them, and I marvel at the details good artists put into their still life paintings.  Just take a close look at this gorgeous painting by Jan

A Few New Do’s and Don’t’s

How, precisely, does one spell “don’t’s”? I don’t know, but I’m not going to worry about it. See? My new attitude is kicking in, and if I make a few mistakes here and there, the world isn’t going to come

A Few New Do’s and Don’t’s

How, precisely, does one spell “don’t’s”? I don’t know, but I’m not going to worry about it. See? My new attitude is kicking in, and if I make a few mistakes here and there, the world isn’t going to come

A Pot It Is

When I said, “I guess I have to learn how to draw” four years ago, I didn’t think my efforts would last beyond a week — at best. Surprise, surprise. Here I am, still learning, and actually having fun with

A Pot It Is

When I said, “I guess I have to learn how to draw” four years ago, I didn’t think my efforts would last beyond a week — at best. Surprise, surprise. Here I am, still learning, and actually having fun with

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

Making More Mud

I’m not happy with this one — but, to my credit, I didn’t get frustrated and wipe it away. Instead I chalked it up to another learning experience, specifically one more lesson about the danger of creating a veritable mudslide

Making More Mud

I’m not happy with this one — but, to my credit, I didn’t get frustrated and wipe it away. Instead I chalked it up to another learning experience, specifically one more lesson about the danger of creating a veritable mudslide

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