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Be Inspired to make Small Drawing and Painting Studies

Small Drawing and Painting Studies After last week’s post,  you sent some lively emails questioning the definition of a small drawing or painting study, and how exactly does it serve an artist? Some of us like to just Dive Right In. I get it. But stay with me for a moment; think of sketching and […]

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Using a Grid to Sketch Small Studies and Improve Drawing Skills

It’s a New Month Happy January! Hopefully, in between holiday clean up, and taking stock of the year from the rear view mirror, you’re also swinging a telescope forward to anticipate the future heft of art supplies in your hands, right? There are work surfaces to clear, and pigments to sort, and sketch pads to […]

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Light Field Monotype: Monterey Retreat

What’s a Monotype? A few posts back – the one about printmaking ink I accidentally left on a monotype plate for several weeks – I got a flurry of questions about monotypes. So let’s review, shall we? Monotypes are a printmaking method that don’t require carving, engraving, acid or solvents, and depending on your approach and […]

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Watercolor – Good at This – and be kind to fellow artists

NOTE: I’m reposting this from the archives. Reminders about kindness are always a good thing, especially as we fold and pack away this year. Merry Christmas! When Artists are Jealous I overheard two artists making sharp, envy-driven comments about another artist’s beautiful work at an exhibit. Jealousy is a ugly cloak. Comparisons with other artists should be a […]

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Drypoint and Collagraph Printmaking – Whale and Mermaid

Experiments in the Art Studio Experiments in the studio are important, because that’s what we should be doing with art supplies, right?  Keeping things fresh and full of wonder by pushing past our comfort zone in artmaking, and testing new approaches. G-R-O-W-I-N-G, which requires a certain amount of comfort with the idea of failing too. […]

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Watercolor Sketch: Study for Cypress Viewfinder

Cleaning Up for Winter Art Projects The obstacle course that is my studio has to be dealt with. I’ve been cleaning in here for a few days, a little at a time. I can see the floor now.  Small spaces get cluttered quickly, so I use two baker’s racks to store as much as I […]

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Watercolor: New and Notable – and Skill Building in Figurative Watercolors

Seeking Beauty to Fix a Slump When I need a boost of double-shot inspiration, I look at some of the amazing figurative watercolor artists posting their gorgeous work online. And thank goodness they’re  taking time to snap and share imagery, or video-record their process, because I rely on those “stop-me-in-my-scroll” power-boosts to shove me out […]

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Sketchbook Practice – programming motivation with mini-successes

When You Used to Make Art I loved everything about art as a kid. My excitement for creativity followed me through my teens, and I doodled and dabbled with art studio courses in college. And then I got a job. Then I moved, and got another job. And life got busy, and I stopped making […]