Category Archives: Techniques

The Art of Practice – Tip #2

I can fully understand and appreciate today’s practice tip, although I don’t think we should swallow it whole. First, here’s the tip: Right Size the Shame In unconscious ways we often shame ourselves when trying things that require new skills.

The Art of Practice – Tip #2

I can fully understand and appreciate today’s practice tip, although I don’t think we should swallow it whole. First, here’s the tip: Right Size the Shame In unconscious ways we often shame ourselves when trying things that require new skills.

Sketchbooks are for Sketching

I’ve often recounted the story of buying my first sketchbook, how odd it felt to walk through the art supply aisle feeling that I didn’t belong there, how certain I was that I was wasting my money. I truly believed

Sketchbooks are for Sketching

I’ve often recounted the story of buying my first sketchbook, how odd it felt to walk through the art supply aisle feeling that I didn’t belong there, how certain I was that I was wasting my money. I truly believed

Setting the Tone

Lately I’ve been pondering an art question: Why do we tone canvases with acrylic before painting? Now, first, let me clarify. I’m not asking the reason for toning our canvases. I’m just curious about the use of acrylics. I know

Setting the Tone

Lately I’ve been pondering an art question: Why do we tone canvases with acrylic before painting? Now, first, let me clarify. I’m not asking the reason for toning our canvases. I’m just curious about the use of acrylics. I know

A Work in Progress

I suppose up to this point, all of my art could be considered part of a large “work in progress.” I’ve been continually learning, continually growing, and I hope, continually improving my abilities in drawing and in painting. It’s been

A Work in Progress

I suppose up to this point, all of my art could be considered part of a large “work in progress.” I’ve been continually learning, continually growing, and I hope, continually improving my abilities in drawing and in painting. It’s been

A Little Rough

Those of you who have become Facebook friends already know my exciting news. I’m going to be joining an art club. It’s a county-wide fine arts association which holds two art shows each year. I’m thrilled at the prospect of

A Little Rough

Those of you who have become Facebook friends already know my exciting news. I’m going to be joining an art club. It’s a county-wide fine arts association which holds two art shows each year. I’m thrilled at the prospect of

The Old Gray Mare – Underpainting Value Study

As you know, lately I’ve been studying oil painting techniques, and my assignment yesterday was to take a photo reference and use it to complete an underpainting to show the values.

The Old Gray Mare – Underpainting Value Study

As you know, lately I’ve been studying oil painting techniques, and my assignment yesterday was to take a photo reference and use it to complete an underpainting to show the values.