Category Archives: Techniques

Expect Failure

Failure is not a pleasant topic to write about, nor is it a pleasant experience in our lives. Yet we all must deal with failure. It is inevitable. Many oft-quoted remarks are about failure. It’s been said that we really

Expect Failure

Failure is not a pleasant topic to write about, nor is it a pleasant experience in our lives. Yet we all must deal with failure. It is inevitable. Many oft-quoted remarks are about failure. It’s been said that we really

Lessons Learned

When I reached the half-way point of my 100-day creative adventure and posted about the project, I mentioned a few unsuccessful painting attempts, warning that you’d be seeing some of them in upcoming posts. Today I’m sharing one of those

Lessons Learned

When I reached the half-way point of my 100-day creative adventure and posted about the project, I mentioned a few unsuccessful painting attempts, warning that you’d be seeing some of them in upcoming posts. Today I’m sharing one of those

When Did Gesture Drawing Become So Hard?

I’m reminded again of that quote from Degas about how easy painting is when we don’t know how to do it. The same is true, I think, for any element of art. The less we know, the easier it is

When Did Gesture Drawing Become So Hard?

I’m reminded again of that quote from Degas about how easy painting is when we don’t know how to do it. The same is true, I think, for any element of art. The less we know, the easier it is

Watercolor – A Direct Approach

Just when I think I’m getting the hang of watercolors… just when I’m starting to feel a bit more at ease, a bit more expressive, and — dare I say it? — a bit more┬áconfident with watercolors, along comes another

Watercolor – A Direct Approach

Just when I think I’m getting the hang of watercolors… just when I’m starting to feel a bit more at ease, a bit more expressive, and — dare I say it? — a bit more┬áconfident with watercolors, along comes another

Buckle Up!

Yes, folks, this is my promised rant about watercolor paper. Now that I’ve been playing around with my watercolors for a few weeks, I’m remembering my frustrations and why I finally gave up watercolor painting. It’s not because of the

Buckle Up!

Yes, folks, this is my promised rant about watercolor paper. Now that I’ve been playing around with my watercolors for a few weeks, I’m remembering my frustrations and why I finally gave up watercolor painting. It’s not because of the

So What Do I Do With It Now?

I had fun one evening while my husband worked on painting the walls of my studio. As he rolled paint, I sat here at my computer browsing watercolor videos. Oh, did I find a fun one! Try These Loose Watercolor

So What Do I Do With It Now?

I had fun one evening while my husband worked on painting the walls of my studio. As he rolled paint, I sat here at my computer browsing watercolor videos. Oh, did I find a fun one! Try These Loose Watercolor

What Went Wrong? – Part 2

Before I recount my tale of woe and share the steps I took from hopeful start to disastrous finish of my “Winter Stream” painting, let me take a moment first to more properly introduce Aubrey Phillips. Phillips was from the

What Went Wrong? – Part 2

Before I recount my tale of woe and share the steps I took from hopeful start to disastrous finish of my “Winter Stream” painting, let me take a moment first to more properly introduce Aubrey Phillips. Phillips was from the

It Really Is a Face

After finishing up my still life, I had a little time left for painting, so I turned again to Frans Hal and portrait painting. My first sorry-looking attempt at copying a Dutch master was done on a 5 x 7

It Really Is a Face

After finishing up my still life, I had a little time left for painting, so I turned again to Frans Hal and portrait painting. My first sorry-looking attempt at copying a Dutch master was done on a 5 x 7

Making Something from Nothing

Where art is concerned, some days I probably should not get out of bed. That was how I was feeling one recent morning when things just weren’t going my way at the easel. I would actually be embarrassed to tell

Making Something from Nothing

Where art is concerned, some days I probably should not get out of bed. That was how I was feeling one recent morning when things just weren’t going my way at the easel. I would actually be embarrassed to tell

Conceptual Landscape Art – Part 2

Artists often speak of the “ugly stages” of a painting. For me, my paintings often go into that ugly stage and never escape from it. At any rate, my current “conceptual landscape” project has definitely reached that point. It’s horrible.

Conceptual Landscape Art – Part 2

Artists often speak of the “ugly stages” of a painting. For me, my paintings often go into that ugly stage and never escape from it. At any rate, my current “conceptual landscape” project has definitely reached that point. It’s horrible.