Category Archives: Techniques

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

Hold It Right There!

I haven’t done a lot of serious drawing and painting recently, but I have done a lot of reading, a lot of studying, and a lot of practice work. I laughed a little when I read Mark Christopher Weber’s words

Hold It Right There!

I haven’t done a lot of serious drawing and painting recently, but I have done a lot of reading, a lot of studying, and a lot of practice work. I laughed a little when I read Mark Christopher Weber’s words

Basic Brush Strokes – Blending Techniques

Over the next few weeks I’ll be learning about — and practicing — lots of different brush strokes for oil painting. With practice, I hope I’ll be able to use many of these different techniques as I paint. Brush strokes

Basic Brush Strokes – Blending Techniques

Over the next few weeks I’ll be learning about — and practicing — lots of different brush strokes for oil painting. With practice, I hope I’ll be able to use many of these different techniques as I paint. Brush strokes

Critiquing Our Art

Having studied art now for several years, I’ve learned that two specific things tend to give us problems: Knowing when a painting is finished Knowing it a painting is good These are related problems, and I’m always looking for information

Critiquing Our Art

Having studied art now for several years, I’ve learned that two specific things tend to give us problems: Knowing when a painting is finished Knowing it a painting is good These are related problems, and I’m always looking for information

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.

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 Age of Innocence

When I was growing up, a beautiful framed reproduction of The Age of Innocence hung above my bed. Even as a young child, I was awed by this painting. I would gaze at it in wonder, wholly captivated by the artist’s skill.

The Age of Innocence

When I was growing up, a beautiful framed reproduction of The Age of Innocence hung above my bed. Even as a young child, I was awed by this painting. I would gaze at it in wonder, wholly captivated by the artist’s skill.

The Dreaded Ellipse

The basic principle behind the art of drawing is simple and straightforward. We make lines which become shapes which become forms. Making a mark is easy enough. We put pencil to paper and move from one point to another. Even

The Dreaded Ellipse

The basic principle behind the art of drawing is simple and straightforward. We make lines which become shapes which become forms. Making a mark is easy enough. We put pencil to paper and move from one point to another. Even