Category Archives: Learning to Paint

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

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

What Did I Learn Today?

Practice painting is often frustrating. Sometimes I feel I’m wasting a lot of canvas as well as wasting a lot of time. The canvas panels I use can be wiped away, painted over, and re-used later, or they can simply

What Did I Learn Today?

Practice painting is often frustrating. Sometimes I feel I’m wasting a lot of canvas as well as wasting a lot of time. The canvas panels I use can be wiped away, painted over, and re-used later, or they can simply

Hold It Right There!

I haven’t done a lot of serious drawing and painting recently, but I have done a lot of reading, a lot of studying, and a lot of practice work. I laughed a little when I read Mark Christopher Weber’s words

Hold It Right There!

I haven’t done a lot of serious drawing and painting recently, but I have done a lot of reading, a lot of studying, and a lot of practice work. I laughed a little when I read Mark Christopher Weber’s words

The Artist I Want to Be

Today I’m sharing the last of four questions posed by George Allen Durkee in his book, Expressive Oil Painting. “What do I need to become the painter I want to be?” Of the four questions, this is the most difficult

The Artist I Want to Be

Today I’m sharing the last of four questions posed by George Allen Durkee in his book, Expressive Oil Painting. “What do I need to become the painter I want to be?” Of the four questions, this is the most difficult

My “ABC’s” of Art

Yesterday I wrote about Expressive Oil Painting and four questions proposed by the author, George Allen Durkee. Today I want to share the second of the questions. What do you see emerging in your art? Oh, how I loved answering this

My “ABC’s” of Art

Yesterday I wrote about Expressive Oil Painting and four questions proposed by the author, George Allen Durkee. Today I want to share the second of the questions. What do you see emerging in your art? Oh, how I loved answering this

Where Am I Now As an Artist?

One of my recent used book finds is an oil painting book by George Allen Durkee. Who is George Allen Durkee? I wasn’t familiar with him, so of course I did a search online and found a wealth of information,

Where Am I Now As an Artist?

One of my recent used book finds is an oil painting book by George Allen Durkee. Who is George Allen Durkee? I wasn’t familiar with him, so of course I did a search online and found a wealth of information,