Category Archives: Oil Painting

Learning to See

I am an advocate for learning art. For most of my life, I was quick to repeat those oft-heard words: “Oh, I can’t draw at all!” I’d been told that it was possible to learn to draw, but I really

Learning to See

I am an advocate for learning art. For most of my life, I was quick to repeat those oft-heard words: “Oh, I can’t draw at all!” I’d been told that it was possible to learn to draw, but I really

A Sorry Sight

Sometimes it’s best to leave well enough alone. Unfortunately for me and my art, that often means leaving something half-finished, if even that, and that, my friends, is something I’m working diligently to avoid. It’s easy to make a start

A Sorry Sight

Sometimes it’s best to leave well enough alone. Unfortunately for me and my art, that often means leaving something half-finished, if even that, and that, my friends, is something I’m working diligently to avoid. It’s easy to make a start

A Study in Light and Shadow

I’m sitting here in my new little art studio — or actually, I’m sitting here at my computer desk, a short distance away from my studio area. It’s a good place to sit and get a bit of perspective on my

A Study in Light and Shadow

I’m sitting here in my new little art studio — or actually, I’m sitting here at my computer desk, a short distance away from my studio area. It’s a good place to sit and get a bit of perspective on my

Questions and Answers

I’ve previously written about Julia Cameron and her series of creativity-increasing books. I’ll admit I haven’t followed along faithfully week-by-week with her suggested exercises, but one of her recommendations — morning pages — has become a regular part of my

Questions and Answers

I’ve previously written about Julia Cameron and her series of creativity-increasing books. I’ll admit I haven’t followed along faithfully week-by-week with her suggested exercises, but one of her recommendations — morning pages — has become a regular part of my

In Search of Meaning

I’m sure you’re wondering what you’re looking at here. To be frank about it, so am I. For now, I’ve taken to calling it een schilderij zoekt betekenis — that is, a painting in search of meaning. It’s akin to a

In Search of Meaning

I’m sure you’re wondering what you’re looking at here. To be frank about it, so am I. For now, I’ve taken to calling it een schilderij zoekt betekenis — that is, a painting in search of meaning. It’s akin to a

Thank You, Mr. Fletcher

Arnold Fletcher and I “met” quite by accident. Now, of course, I never made his acquaintance in person. Our relationship has been strictly that of author and reader, and I’ve been unable to learn a lot about him. The only information

Thank You, Mr. Fletcher

Arnold Fletcher and I “met” quite by accident. Now, of course, I never made his acquaintance in person. Our relationship has been strictly that of author and reader, and I’ve been unable to learn a lot about him. The only information

When a Painting Speaks to Us

I’ve completed my “Skyglow” painting, and I’m very happy with it. This is an instance where, unfortunately, the camera doesn’t do justice to the painting. It is truly stunning, if I do say so myself. In the photograph, the blending

When a Painting Speaks to Us

I’ve completed my “Skyglow” painting, and I’m very happy with it. This is an instance where, unfortunately, the camera doesn’t do justice to the painting. It is truly stunning, if I do say so myself. In the photograph, the blending

Off to a Hanging

From my studies of American history, I know that hangings — the awful legal sort — were once considered a form of public entertainment. Frankly, I can think of better ways to spend my time than watching someone die at

Off to a Hanging

From my studies of American history, I know that hangings — the awful legal sort — were once considered a form of public entertainment. Frankly, I can think of better ways to spend my time than watching someone die at

One of Those Days

Recently I wrote about good days and not so good days.  We all have them, right? Well, for me, Tuesday was a good day. I finished my first still life, and I was pleased with it. I went on to

One of Those Days

Recently I wrote about good days and not so good days.  We all have them, right? Well, for me, Tuesday was a good day. I finished my first still life, and I was pleased with it. I went on to

It Really Is a Face

After finishing up my still life, I had a little time left for painting, so I turned again to Frans Hal and portrait painting. My first sorry-looking attempt at copying a Dutch master was done on a 5 x 7

It Really Is a Face

After finishing up my still life, I had a little time left for painting, so I turned again to Frans Hal and portrait painting. My first sorry-looking attempt at copying a Dutch master was done on a 5 x 7