Painting and Process

  I’ve been known to find artwork from a few years ago and not remember making it. Looking at it, I wonder why I didn’t value it more. Could the answer be that I wasn’t ready to accept the direction it was taking my work? Was I so involved with my current thoughts that IContinue reading “Painting and Process”

Studio Space

I enjoy reading Hyperallergic’s A View from the Easel. Artists send in images of their studios along with a written description. I like the messy spaces the best.  They make me wonder what’s going on under all the stuff, and I’m envious of the people who have a huge space in which to spread out. It gotContinue reading “Studio Space”

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!”

First Day Jitters

  Self Portraits, created by students from Saint Francis de Sales Elementary, 2013/14 school year. For the last few years, I’ve been teaching art at two different schools. Getting to know the kids over a period of time has its advantages.  I appreciate Sally’s beautiful line drawings and  Thunder’s colorful and bold designs and it’sContinue reading “First Day Jitters”

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”

Excavation

I’ve never met a creative person who isn’t a bit of a pack rat and I’m no exception! For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reliving my creative past; in other words, I’ve been cleaning out closets. Excavating, evaluating, and marveling at the amount of stuff I have accumulated. I knew I’d been savingContinue reading “Excavation”

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”

Blank White Space

I’ve been busy finishing one of my acrylic paintings. It forms the second half of a diptych and together the two canvases make a strong and complex statement. Now, I’m faced with starting my next work and it needs equal care and consideration. I must put aside any fear I have of the blank whiteContinue reading “Blank White Space”

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”