Category Archives: Practice Tips

Just Give It Up, Already!

I believe it’s important for us to try many different things in art. Since I began my journey of discovery, I’ve explored many different media and have tried different subjects. I feel I’ve benefited from every attempt I’ve made at

Just Give It Up, Already!

I believe it’s important for us to try many different things in art. Since I began my journey of discovery, I’ve explored many different media and have tried different subjects. I feel I’ve benefited from every attempt I’ve made at

Be Quick About It!

I had a lot of fun in my studio this morning. I got out my oil paints again, grabbed a canvas and did a very quick painting. From start to finish — assuming that this really is finished — it

Be Quick About It!

I had a lot of fun in my studio this morning. I got out my oil paints again, grabbed a canvas and did a very quick painting. From start to finish — assuming that this really is finished — it

Do the Best You Can with What You’ve Got

Monday morning last week was not the best of mornings. It started off all right, but then I came down to the studio. I eagerly opened my browser and headed here to the blog. It’s a fun part of my

Do the Best You Can with What You’ve Got

Monday morning last week was not the best of mornings. It started off all right, but then I came down to the studio. I eagerly opened my browser and headed here to the blog. It’s a fun part of my

Apples — Inside and Out

Painting apples is fun. I’ve mentioned many times how much I loved drawing apples when I first began learning. I did a few pears, a banana, and I’ve even painted an orange, but when it comes to fruit and art,

Apples — Inside and Out

Painting apples is fun. I’ve mentioned many times how much I loved drawing apples when I first began learning. I did a few pears, a banana, and I’ve even painted an orange, but when it comes to fruit and art,

This and That — Having Fun in the Studio

Art is messy. Recently I blogged about setting up my new art studio. Oh, how lovely to have a place for everything — and everything in its place. That was last week. This is now. Yep. It’s a bit messy,

This and That — Having Fun in the Studio

Art is messy. Recently I blogged about setting up my new art studio. Oh, how lovely to have a place for everything — and everything in its place. That was last week. This is now. Yep. It’s a bit messy,

The Need for Bad Art

Here is my finished painting from Arnold Fletcher’s oil painting exercise in perspective:   It’s a very small painting — 5″ by 7″ — which seems appropriate for a very small house. Once I finished the house — or the

The Need for Bad Art

Here is my finished painting from Arnold Fletcher’s oil painting exercise in perspective:   It’s a very small painting — 5″ by 7″ — which seems appropriate for a very small house. Once I finished the house — or the

A Few New Do’s and Don’t’s

How, precisely, does one spell “don’t’s”? I don’t know, but I’m not going to worry about it. See? My new attitude is kicking in, and if I make a few mistakes here and there, the world isn’t going to come

A Few New Do’s and Don’t’s

How, precisely, does one spell “don’t’s”? I don’t know, but I’m not going to worry about it. See? My new attitude is kicking in, and if I make a few mistakes here and there, the world isn’t going to come

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

How Quickly We Forget

Last week I attended a Christmas luncheon hosted by one of the art clubs I belong to. It’s always fun now to be around other artists, to talk about projects we’re working on, and to even share photographs of art

How Quickly We Forget

Last week I attended a Christmas luncheon hosted by one of the art clubs I belong to. It’s always fun now to be around other artists, to talk about projects we’re working on, and to even share photographs of art

A Grown-Up Play Date

During all the Inktober fun, I spent the better part of one day having a very grown-up play date with two artist friends, Patsy Albers and Darla Zook. Both are very, very talented artists who have won many ribbons and

A Grown-Up Play Date

During all the Inktober fun, I spent the better part of one day having a very grown-up play date with two artist friends, Patsy Albers and Darla Zook. Both are very, very talented artists who have won many ribbons and