Category Archives: Materials

Wonders Never Cease

“Wonders never cease to amaze me.” That was an expression my mother used often to express her surprise at something unexpected but good, something unusual but good, something out of the ordinary but still good. Good, you see, is the

Wonders Never Cease

“Wonders never cease to amaze me.” That was an expression my mother used often to express her surprise at something unexpected but good, something unusual but good, something out of the ordinary but still good. Good, you see, is the

Seriously?

The good news is that my watercolor techniques are improving — somewhat. Doing daily “watercolor warm-ups” is helpful. Practicing each day leads to progress. Painting every day makes a huge difference. There’s something else that makes a huge difference, I’ve learned,

Seriously?

The good news is that my watercolor techniques are improving — somewhat. Doing daily “watercolor warm-ups” is helpful. Practicing each day leads to progress. Painting every day makes a huge difference. There’s something else that makes a huge difference, I’ve learned,

Buckle Up!

Yes, folks, this is my promised rant about watercolor paper. Now that I’ve been playing around with my watercolors for a few weeks, I’m remembering my frustrations and why I finally gave up watercolor painting. It’s not because of the

Buckle Up!

Yes, folks, this is my promised rant about watercolor paper. Now that I’ve been playing around with my watercolors for a few weeks, I’m remembering my frustrations and why I finally gave up watercolor painting. It’s not because of the

A Grab Bag of Colors

I remember well the excitement I felt as an aspiring artist first discovering colors. When I began learning to draw, I worked in black and white for a long, long time. Graphite first. Charcoal. Conte sticks in neutral colors. But

A Grab Bag of Colors

I remember well the excitement I felt as an aspiring artist first discovering colors. When I began learning to draw, I worked in black and white for a long, long time. Graphite first. Charcoal. Conte sticks in neutral colors. But

Paint Promenade

Here’s my little watercolor warm-up from last Friday morning. I’m calling it Paint Promenade. This was a more-or-less unplanned painting, not really a painting at all, just a quick morning warm-up on a sheet of newsprint. When I began I

Paint Promenade

Here’s my little watercolor warm-up from last Friday morning. I’m calling it Paint Promenade. This was a more-or-less unplanned painting, not really a painting at all, just a quick morning warm-up on a sheet of newsprint. When I began I

Back with the Brushes Again

Brushes, brushes, brushes. Without a doubt, brushes are very important in painting, and I’m glad I’ve finally found my way through all the questions and confusion I once had on the topic. When I first began painting, I began — as

Back with the Brushes Again

Brushes, brushes, brushes. Without a doubt, brushes are very important in painting, and I’m glad I’ve finally found my way through all the questions and confusion I once had on the topic. When I first began painting, I began — as

Blobs of Color

In the midst of all the bad art I’m creating right now, I’m also exploring lots of fun things. In looking back at my philosophical rantings and ramblings yesterday about the why behind my bad art, I could probably have

Blobs of Color

In the midst of all the bad art I’m creating right now, I’m also exploring lots of fun things. In looking back at my philosophical rantings and ramblings yesterday about the why behind my bad art, I could probably have

Where Do You “Art”?

Soon after I began learning to draw and paint, my husband and I found ourselves using “art” as both a noun and a verb. “What are you going to art today?” he might ask early in the morning. My art wasn’t

Where Do You “Art”?

Soon after I began learning to draw and paint, my husband and I found ourselves using “art” as both a noun and a verb. “What are you going to art today?” he might ask early in the morning. My art wasn’t

Back to Basics with Brushes

When I began oil painting a few years ago, I was confounded by brushes. Earlier, I’d done a bit of watercolor painting, and I’d attempted acrylics, and in both instances, again, brushes were a source of bewilderment. What brushes did

Back to Basics with Brushes

When I began oil painting a few years ago, I was confounded by brushes. Earlier, I’d done a bit of watercolor painting, and I’d attempted acrylics, and in both instances, again, brushes were a source of bewilderment. What brushes did

Just Messin’ Around

At this point in my art journey, I’m all about learning. I think I’ve developed a few basic skills after three years of painting, so I’m eager to spend time practicing and improving those skills. I think I’m teachable now,

Just Messin’ Around

At this point in my art journey, I’m all about learning. I think I’ve developed a few basic skills after three years of painting, so I’m eager to spend time practicing and improving those skills. I think I’m teachable now,