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”

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”

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”

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”