Category Archives: Oil Pastels

With Apologies to Frans Hals

Among the many artists whose works I’ve studied recently as I’ve explored my Dutch heritage is Frans Hals, also known as Frans Hals the Elder. He was a painter of the Dutch Golden Age who lived and worked in the

With Apologies to Frans Hals

Among the many artists whose works I’ve studied recently as I’ve explored my Dutch heritage is Frans Hals, also known as Frans Hals the Elder. He was a painter of the Dutch Golden Age who lived and worked in the

A Method to my Madness

Insanity, it’s been said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. By that definition, I might well be called crazy because my recent art practice has been based on taking a familiar “woodland scene” idea

A Method to my Madness

Insanity, it’s been said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. By that definition, I might well be called crazy because my recent art practice has been based on taking a familiar “woodland scene” idea

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

Starting the Day With a Smile

I don’t know if I’ve ever told this story before…maybe or maybe not. If I have, just stop reading and skip ahead. When I was growing up — way back when — my friends and I listened to a popular

Starting the Day With a Smile

I don’t know if I’ve ever told this story before…maybe or maybe not. If I have, just stop reading and skip ahead. When I was growing up — way back when — my friends and I listened to a popular

Staying Within the Lines – Not

While I understand the blending technique and managed to create a three-dimensional sphere, I certainly haven’t yet mastered staying within the lines. As a result, my little sphere is a bit lopsided.

Staying Within the Lines – Not

While I understand the blending technique and managed to create a three-dimensional sphere, I certainly haven’t yet mastered staying within the lines. As a result, my little sphere is a bit lopsided.

Patience Is a Virtue

I’ve never been a patient person. When I want something, I want it now — a fact that Amazon Prime loves. But this isn’t a post about my shopping habits. It’s not even a post about art supplies, although, goodness

Patience Is a Virtue

I’ve never been a patient person. When I want something, I want it now — a fact that Amazon Prime loves. But this isn’t a post about my shopping habits. It’s not even a post about art supplies, although, goodness

Measuring Success

In recent days, I’ve completed a number of “successful” art works. Of course, any real artists who visit this site will have a good laugh, and that’s all right. Where art is concerned, I’ve learned that success can be achieved

Measuring Success

In recent days, I’ve completed a number of “successful” art works. Of course, any real artists who visit this site will have a good laugh, and that’s all right. Where art is concerned, I’ve learned that success can be achieved