Category Archives: Learning to Paint

The Art of Practice – Tip #5

I like today’s tip from The Art of Practice. It relates to all I’ve been discovering recently about letting go and letting art flow through me. Balance Through Movement Let it flow. Respect natural movements on the page. Keep your corrections simple.  Or,

The Art of Practice – Tip #5

I like today’s tip from The Art of Practice. It relates to all I’ve been discovering recently about letting go and letting art flow through me. Balance Through Movement Let it flow. Respect natural movements on the page. Keep your corrections simple.  Or,

The Art of Practice – Tip #4

Today’s tip is a simple and effective one. Observe Without Judgment Rendering accurately is overrated. Give yourself a chance before bludgeoning early efforts. Have patience, and adjust as you go.   The keyword in this tip, in my opinion, is judgment.

The Art of Practice – Tip #4

Today’s tip is a simple and effective one. Observe Without Judgment Rendering accurately is overrated. Give yourself a chance before bludgeoning early efforts. Have patience, and adjust as you go.   The keyword in this tip, in my opinion, is judgment.

The Art of Practice – Tip #3

Today’s tip from The Art of Practice is another one with which I can agree — but only to a degree. Here is the tip: Keep Secrets Failures, risks, successes, experiments, struggles, new friends, and research are yours alone. Your best

The Art of Practice – Tip #3

Today’s tip from The Art of Practice is another one with which I can agree — but only to a degree. Here is the tip: Keep Secrets Failures, risks, successes, experiments, struggles, new friends, and research are yours alone. Your best

Picking My Palette

One of the most valuable practice exercises I’ve done lately had little to do with actual painting, but a lot to do with one of the most important elements of art: color. The assignment was simple. Memorize the colors on my

Picking My Palette

One of the most valuable practice exercises I’ve done lately had little to do with actual painting, but a lot to do with one of the most important elements of art: color. The assignment was simple. Memorize the colors on my

The Art of Practice – Tip #2

I can fully understand and appreciate today’s practice tip, although I don’t think we should swallow it whole. First, here’s the tip: Right Size the Shame In unconscious ways we often shame ourselves when trying things that require new skills.

The Art of Practice – Tip #2

I can fully understand and appreciate today’s practice tip, although I don’t think we should swallow it whole. First, here’s the tip: Right Size the Shame In unconscious ways we often shame ourselves when trying things that require new skills.

Playing with Paints

Along with oil painting practice, I’ve been practicing a bit with watercolors, too, using that helpful “What? Me worry?” attitude and simply having fun. I don’t think of it so much as practicing as I do playing.  Here’s a recent watercolor that

Playing with Paints

Along with oil painting practice, I’ve been practicing a bit with watercolors, too, using that helpful “What? Me worry?” attitude and simply having fun. I don’t think of it so much as practicing as I do playing.  Here’s a recent watercolor that

The Art of Practice – Tip #1

Recently while working on a few graphite drawing exercises, I came across a sheet of practice instructions I’d never seen before. I might have picked it up at one of our art club meetings as part of the evening’s hand-outs, or

The Art of Practice – Tip #1

Recently while working on a few graphite drawing exercises, I came across a sheet of practice instructions I’d never seen before. I might have picked it up at one of our art club meetings as part of the evening’s hand-outs, or