Blog 2018-02-15T07:57:14+00:00

Overwhelmed in the Studio? Check Your Work Habits!

Having just returned from a wonderful tropical vacation in the Virgin Islands after leaving snowy, gray Idaho for two weeks.  After a trip like that I should be recharged and ready to tackle the work I [...]

Local Color of the Caribbean

I am writing this post from the island of St. Thomas where I have been with my family for nearly two weeks. It will be tough to leave in a few days and go back [...]

Feeling Blue in the Studio?

Why am I feeling blue in the studio?  I just had a successful gallery show and sold a lot of paintings in spite of the slump in the economy.  I am grateful for my successes, but [...]

Breaking the Rules in Art

Picasso’s, “Dora Maar with Cat” sold for $95 million in 2006! Were you one of those kids who carefully colored inside the lines, careful of breaking the rules?  I was.  As a small girl, I [...]

A Favorite Book – The Yin Yang of Painting

  Recently, I have been doing a series of posts that have to do with yin and yang in painting.  To read, click "Texture & Application,"  "Color Harmony,"  "Opposites Attract in Painting," "Composition - Yin Yang of Painting." I [...]

How to Gesso a Masonite Hardboard Panel

First of all…what is Masonite? Masonite is brand of hardboard that was invented in 1924 and was originally used for many construction applications. It is formed using the Mason method of compressing and blasting wooden chips [...]

Attitude – It’s Your Choice

      Life is full of choices.  I ponder that sometimes while I am sitting at a red-light in town getting ready to turn left for home – but, what would my life be [...]

What I Know for Sure – by Oprah

I believe art IS inspiration.  So anytime I read inspiring words of wisdom from successful people who I admire, I take heed.  The truth is, as we all work to better ourselves as human beings [...]

Create Texture & Application in Paint using Yin Yang

For generations, oil paint has been admired for its impasto effects with texture and application. Yet, many artists forget that oil paint can be applied thinly, much like a watercolor-wash. In fact, I use glazing [...]

What is Luminism in Painting?

Luminism refers to an earlier generation of landscape painters from the late nineteenth century who painted scenes along the Hudson River and the eastern shores. Out of all the 'isms'  I believe that Tonalism and Luminism are most [...]

What is Tonalism in Painting?

TONALISM is a painting movement that is still popular today. Originally, it was derived from the French Barbizon movement which emphasized atmosphere and shadow and harmonized nature with man - all this was done on [...]

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