Category Archives: Practice Tips

Just Cover the Canvas

Today has been a somewhat frustrating day as far as my art goes. Nothing has really worked out quite the way I’d hoped. It’s my fault in many ways. To begin, my mind — and my peace of mind — 

Just Cover the Canvas

Today has been a somewhat frustrating day as far as my art goes. Nothing has really worked out quite the way I’d hoped. It’s my fault in many ways. To begin, my mind — and my peace of mind — 

Basics Redux

Redux is not a word we hear often. To me, it’s an awkward word. It sounds funny, and exactly what does it mean anyway? Well, it means to bring something back, to re-hash something that’s already been hashed to death. OK,

Basics Redux

Redux is not a word we hear often. To me, it’s an awkward word. It sounds funny, and exactly what does it mean anyway? Well, it means to bring something back, to re-hash something that’s already been hashed to death. OK,

Let’s Be Whacky!

First things first. Whacky is a less-common spelling of wacky. I’ve always used wacky instead of whacky, unless I’m talking about whacking somebody over the head (which I’ve never actually done) or playing some game like Whack a Mole. My husband is great at that game. We sometimes take

Let’s Be Whacky!

First things first. Whacky is a less-common spelling of wacky. I’ve always used wacky instead of whacky, unless I’m talking about whacking somebody over the head (which I’ve never actually done) or playing some game like Whack a Mole. My husband is great at that game. We sometimes take

A Wise Old Owl Once Told Me

A good way to improve drawing skills is by drawing upside down.

A Wise Old Owl Once Told Me

A good way to improve drawing skills is by drawing upside down.

Art and Music – Memorization

As a pianist, I’ve always struggled with memorization. It doesn’t come easily for me. Recently I spent weeks memorizing Schumann’s Melodie, a very simple piece with no real technical demands. I played it over and over. I studied the music carefully. I

Art and Music – Memorization

As a pianist, I’ve always struggled with memorization. It doesn’t come easily for me. Recently I spent weeks memorizing Schumann’s Melodie, a very simple piece with no real technical demands. I played it over and over. I studied the music carefully. I

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

My New Drawing Pencils

I’ve had my new Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils for several weeks now. If you’ve been following along on my art journey, you’ll remember my initial thoughts about buying them. Did I really deserve professional quality drawing pencils? Maybe. Maybe not. But

My New Drawing Pencils

I’ve had my new Tombow MONO Drawing Pencils for several weeks now. If you’ve been following along on my art journey, you’ll remember my initial thoughts about buying them. Did I really deserve professional quality drawing pencils? Maybe. Maybe not. But