Category Archives: Materials

Coming Soon

I am ready for Inktober. Well, almost. Actually I’m planning to buy a new set of pens since several of my dearly beloved Pitt artist pens are running on empty. I remember when I bought that set of pens. How

Coming Soon

I am ready for Inktober. Well, almost. Actually I’m planning to buy a new set of pens since several of my dearly beloved Pitt artist pens are running on empty. I remember when I bought that set of pens. How

Five Tone Shading

My morning drawing practice was interesting. Not too hard, but not too easy. It was centered around values — using five tones for shading. The exercise came directly from Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques by Catherine Holmes. The book is free

Five Tone Shading

My morning drawing practice was interesting. Not too hard, but not too easy. It was centered around values — using five tones for shading. The exercise came directly from Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques by Catherine Holmes. The book is free

The Great Frame-Up

Recently I sat down with a notepad, lined all my “good” paintings up, and proceeded to evaluate them. I used a list of common elements of painting borrowed from Phil Schmidt. Originality Emotive quality Composition Execution Presentation Now, I don’t

The Great Frame-Up

Recently I sat down with a notepad, lined all my “good” paintings up, and proceeded to evaluate them. I used a list of common elements of painting borrowed from Phil Schmidt. Originality Emotive quality Composition Execution Presentation Now, I don’t

Art – Simplified

I’ve been fortunate in that one of the lessons I’ve learned in life is the value of simplicity. Of course, I have to be honest and admit that I haven’t always applied that principle. Appreciating simplicity has certainly not been part of

Art – Simplified

I’ve been fortunate in that one of the lessons I’ve learned in life is the value of simplicity. Of course, I have to be honest and admit that I haven’t always applied that principle. Appreciating simplicity has certainly not been part of

In Praise of the Lowly Pencil

My foray into the art world began with a pencil. I think that’s how most of us begin, isn’t it? Pencils are ubiquitous things. No matter who you are and where you are right now, there’s probably a pencil or

In Praise of the Lowly Pencil

My foray into the art world began with a pencil. I think that’s how most of us begin, isn’t it? Pencils are ubiquitous things. No matter who you are and where you are right now, there’s probably a pencil or

Tools of the Trade

There are lots of artists who don’t like using brushes, or who may use brushes but also reach for many different tools of the artistic trade.

Tools of the Trade

There are lots of artists who don’t like using brushes, or who may use brushes but also reach for many different tools of the artistic trade.

Five Things

What five things do I consider essential for creating art?

Five Things

What five things do I consider essential for creating art?