There’s a poem I love titled Sea Fever. It’s by John Masefield, and it talks about going down to the sea. … More
Spring is here! It officially arrived about a week ago, and I’m more than ready for warmer days. During the … More
A Good Mess
Yesterday I shared a quick study on “soft edges” in oil painting. Today’s painting is a counterpart to that. It’s … More
Nothing to It
I think painting is probably easy for some gifted artists. Through the art clubs I belong to, I know quite … More
I’m very pleased with how this painting — part of my 100-day creative adventure — came out. It is based … More
“Hi, I’m a seascape that’s been sitting on the easel for a long, long time. I finally got finished, so … More
Taking It Slow
I’ve done a little more work on my seascape. Not much, but enough that I’m starting to question myself and … More
Facing the Bugaboo
Last week I wrote about my bugaboo: getting a wide range of values in my drawings and paintings. I’m always concerned that … More
My Old Bugaboo
I love words, and among the words I love best is bugaboo. It’s a playful-sounding word; it’s light-hearted, and it makes … More
The Moon Lies Fair Upon the Straits
The sea is calm tonight. The tide is full, the moon lies fair Upon the straits; From Dover Beach Dover Beach … More
I love how art never fails to move me in many different directions. As I study different art styles and … More
A New Painting – Unfinished
Hello! I’m back again — briefly — with a quick update of where I am and what I’ve been doing … More
Disaster at Sea
Somewhere I found a browser add-on that includes a breath-taking picture, a place to list my to-do’s for the day, … More
Finding Value in Acrylics
I’m never going to be an acrylic artist, but along with toning canvases, I’m finding another good use for all the acrylic paints I have sitting by my easel.
The Call of the Sea
Every summer I re-read Treasure Island, and without fail, I begin to hear the call of the sea. As an artist, … More
My Fate in a Fortune Cookie
I have always been a believer in fortune cookies. More times than I can count, I’ve opened one, pulled out … More
The Art of Practice – Tip #5
I like today’s tip from The Art of Practice. It relates to all I’ve been discovering recently about letting go and letting … More
This particular canvas panel has been many things in its short life.
Die, Mr. Partridge, Die!
I did my best to work around the still visible contours of the partridge body, and finally — after many hours of frustration — came away with a scene that accomplished my purposes.