Category Archives: Learning to Draw

Expect Failure

Failure is not a pleasant topic to write about, nor is it a pleasant experience in our lives. Yet we all must deal with failure. It is inevitable. Many oft-quoted remarks are about failure. It’s been said that we really

Expect Failure

Failure is not a pleasant topic to write about, nor is it a pleasant experience in our lives. Yet we all must deal with failure. It is inevitable. Many oft-quoted remarks are about failure. It’s been said that we really

What Makes Art Fun?

My husband is an advocate for fun. “If it’s not fun, don’t do it,” he tells me often. To say that he’s lived his life in accordance with that philosophy might make him seem irresponsible or careless. Quite the contrary.

What Makes Art Fun?

My husband is an advocate for fun. “If it’s not fun, don’t do it,” he tells me often. To say that he’s lived his life in accordance with that philosophy might make him seem irresponsible or careless. Quite the contrary.

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

Yes, You Can

Five years ago today I stood looking at a beautiful display of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. I’d purchased them — a complete set — to use with the new “grown-up” coloring book I’d recently bought. These coloring books were only

Yes, You Can

Five years ago today I stood looking at a beautiful display of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. I’d purchased them — a complete set — to use with the new “grown-up” coloring book I’d recently bought. These coloring books were only

Don’t Think — Just Draw

Every day when I check my email I have newsletters from artists and art businesses throughout the world. Most are trying to sell me something. In hopes of doing that, many of these emails have something free to offer —

Don’t Think — Just Draw

Every day when I check my email I have newsletters from artists and art businesses throughout the world. Most are trying to sell me something. In hopes of doing that, many of these emails have something free to offer —

Where Do I Go From Here?

I came into the studio Sunday morning filled with ideas and inspirations. Doing watercolor doodles on Saturday was fun, and I couldn’t wait to get started on more bookmark projects. These, though, would be a little bit different. One of the

Where Do I Go From Here?

I came into the studio Sunday morning filled with ideas and inspirations. Doing watercolor doodles on Saturday was fun, and I couldn’t wait to get started on more bookmark projects. These, though, would be a little bit different. One of the

Putting Things in Perspective

There are times in every life when we have to stop, step back a bit, and take a look at who we are, where we are, and what we’re doing. With my husband approaching retirement (probably within the next two

Putting Things in Perspective

There are times in every life when we have to stop, step back a bit, and take a look at who we are, where we are, and what we’re doing. With my husband approaching retirement (probably within the next two

A Long and Winding Road

My art journey has definitely been a long, winding road. It’s led me to places I never imagined I’d go. It’s been interesting, and sometimes it’s been fun. Most of all, it’s been challenging, especially when the concept of perspective

A Long and Winding Road

My art journey has definitely been a long, winding road. It’s led me to places I never imagined I’d go. It’s been interesting, and sometimes it’s been fun. Most of all, it’s been challenging, especially when the concept of perspective

Just Click Here – The Key to Online Art Instruction

I would not be where I am today as an artist — an actual award-winning artist — were it not for the online art community. When I first began learning to draw back in 2015, my instruction came from a

Just Click Here – The Key to Online Art Instruction

I would not be where I am today as an artist — an actual award-winning artist — were it not for the online art community. When I first began learning to draw back in 2015, my instruction came from a

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