Category Archives: Techniques

A Wise Old Owl Once Told Me

A good way to improve drawing skills is by drawing upside down.

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A Wise Old Owl Once Told Me

A good way to improve drawing skills is by drawing upside down.

How Many Times Can One Canvas Be Painted?

This painting isn’t one I take too seriously, and I have to smile each time I look at it. This particular canvas, you see, has had quite an interesting history.

How Many Times Can One Canvas Be Painted?

This painting isn’t one I take too seriously, and I have to smile each time I look at it. This particular canvas, you see, has had quite an interesting history.

Bits and Pieces

Why not appreciate the good things in our art? Why not see the potential…and not make such a fuss about the awful parts?

Bits and Pieces

Why not appreciate the good things in our art? Why not see the potential…and not make such a fuss about the awful parts?

The Eyes Have It

You knew it, didn’t you? It was inevitable that once I attended that pastel portrait workshop and treated myself to a set of soft pastel pencils, I would have to start doing more portraits. So, brace yourself. In coming weeks,

The Eyes Have It

You knew it, didn’t you? It was inevitable that once I attended that pastel portrait workshop and treated myself to a set of soft pastel pencils, I would have to start doing more portraits. So, brace yourself. In coming weeks,

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