Category Archives: Techniques

Developing New Skills – Cross Contour Lines

I love learning. It feels good to practice new drawing techniques and know that even if I’m not good at the skill yet, I’m moving in a positive direction. Learning new things is always a sign of progress. Today I’m

Developing New Skills – Cross Contour Lines

I love learning. It feels good to practice new drawing techniques and know that even if I’m not good at the skill yet, I’m moving in a positive direction. Learning new things is always a sign of progress. Today I’m

Five Tone Shading

My morning drawing practice was interesting. Not too hard, but not too easy. It was centered around values — using five tones for shading. The exercise came directly from Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques by Catherine Holmes. The book is free

Five Tone Shading

My morning drawing practice was interesting. Not too hard, but not too easy. It was centered around values — using five tones for shading. The exercise came directly from Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques by Catherine Holmes. The book is free

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

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 me laugh. What, exactly is a bugaboo? According to Merriam-Webster, a bugaboo is “an imaginary object of fear.” It can also be

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 me laugh. What, exactly is a bugaboo? According to Merriam-Webster, a bugaboo is “an imaginary object of fear.” It can also be

Starting Points

I’m approaching my paintings now in an experimental vein…and it’s proving to be interesting.

Starting Points

I’m approaching my paintings now in an experimental vein…and it’s proving to be interesting.