The Big Ta Da!

“The difference between art and science is that science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else.” -Donald Knuth, American computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University. Parents love the performance, the big game, the recital; it’s a chance to have their child in the spotlightContinue reading “The Big Ta Da!”

But I Don’t Need Any Paint!

I’m a paint snob! I only like quality brands and Golden is the only acrylic paint I use. Their fluid acrylics are the best and I can’t do without the Acrylic Glazing Liquid. Depending on the look I want: I paint it on the canvas before I add color, I mix it into the pigmentContinue reading “But I Don’t Need Any Paint!”

What Gets Your Creativity Flowing?

What gets your creativity flowing? For me, it might be the weather. I’m a California girl by choice, not birth. Originally from Illinois, I came here after hearing talk of not one more snowy winter! My parents had had it! Since I was a child, I had no say in the matter and off weContinue reading “What Gets Your Creativity Flowing?”

Creativity Versus Formula

Discovery and growth are an important part of the art making process. I want my young students to use their imaginations and develop good visual problem solving strategies. One of my strengths is being able to analyze and make suggestions that can enhance a painting or drawing while helping a student to see more deeplyContinue reading “Creativity Versus Formula”

Tribute

It is with great sadness that I write this post, one of my painting students passed away last week. About twelve years ago, I received a call from a woman who wanted to come to my watercolor/acrylic painting class and paint with oils. I said no. I explained that I hadn’t used oil paints sinceContinue reading “Tribute”

Vibrant Color

Lush, vibrant, bold pigments; a tube of paint is magic! But, when I’m teaching, I like my students to use a limited palette of six colors, (see the color wheel to the right). If they’re using acrylics, they also need white and if they’re really, really insistent, black. I don’t use black in my workContinue reading “Vibrant Color”

Curious Viewers

On occasion, I run into someone who is genuinely curious about what I make and why I make it. I am grateful for these generous individuals, they give me a chance to discuss my work and get a fresh take on something I have created. Painting is a solitary occupation. It’s me, the paint, andContinue reading “Curious Viewers”

My First Post

The decision to write a blog was not an easy one for me. My internal critic knows many reasons why this is a bad idea and will articulate them ad nauseam. And yet, I’ve decided to ignore the doubts and excuses; what will I say each week? Who will want to read it? You’re notContinue reading “My First Post”