One of the great things about art is that any time you pick up your tools to play with them, it’s worthwhile. You are practicing. You are learning. Even that time I picked up ink sticks and smudged out a firey horse from memory, trying to familiar myself with the way the colors move and… Continue reading Smudging
Been getting in some grunt sketching practice. I forget how important that is until I do some and realize just how much better I get when I’m really focusing on what I see vs. what I think I see.
Originally published in 2014 on my other blog. This spring and summer I rode my burly foxhunter, Midas, through fields performing the one-rein stop every 10 steps or so in order to, 1) learn the thing, and 2) not be bolted with. Now we have pretty well mastered the maneuver as taught by Clinton Anderson… Continue reading Why the one-rein stop is great
Considering that I have blogged for years, and blogs are all about one’s own self, writing a bio should be easy, right? Right? Yeah, wouldn’t that be nice! When asked to tell “a little about myself” I instantly forget everything I have ever done or accomplished. I’m starting out as a real estate agent, and… Continue reading On bios
Tried painting some beach scenes with my watercolors. Man, color mixing is a real art form. I’m much more familiar with acrylics, and I have a bajillion colors to choose from. Very rarely do I need to do anything more complicated than tinting the colors. Time to grow as an artist! These are scenes from… Continue reading The beach
I don’t think I’ve drawn/painted a still life since high school. The one on the left was done holding the tip of the brush–so with less control–and the one on the right was done holding close to the brush end–more control. I’m not sure which I like better. Except for the lemons, I undoubtedly like… Continue reading Still life
Made a color wheel with watercolors for the first time ever. I had art books when I was a kid–lots of them, actually–but never an art class. It was only after college that I decided to make a concerted effort to get better at drawing. My first move was to buy a coffee table book… Continue reading Watercolors