Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Barrel of Monkeys, Well a Sketch of One Anyway!

Well, its Saturday again, time for my Saturday Six Minute Sketch. Today, I started off setting the timer on my phone, and trying to draw my dog who was lying at my feet. About 1 1/2 minutes into the sketch, he got up and wandered off.

Friday, January 23, 2015


Sometimes for an artist, as with any other profession or lifestyle, one finds it necessary to do some gardening. 
What do I mean by that?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tell Me Why... Art Blog Part 2

Synopsis of part 1: My dear husband and I discussed what a blog was in general. I also began explaining what an art blog was specifically. The conversation ended with him asking why I needed a blog specifically for art, which I didn't answer at that time. I answer that question here, not just for him, but for anyone who wants to read.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A What? Art Blog.. Part One*

“You started a what?” He asked, looking confused, then turned his attention back to his cup of coffee.

“Another blog.” I said, wondering why it seemed like I was always repeating myself.

“Since when do you have a blog, and why do need another one, and what exactly is a blog anyway?”

“Well, a blog is kind of like a journal, except it’s on the internet, and usually anyone can read it. It comes from the words “web” and “log”, you know web, as in the world-wide web, and log… as in…”

“Captains log, Stardate 41855.2…” he interrupted in his best Captain Picard voice, “I know what a log is!”

At this point in the conversation, I felt like this:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It's Alive!!!

Sometimes a painting develops a life of its own, and changes, grows, almost evolves as progress continues. As if it's truly alive.

This has been the case with my current work in progress, you may remember that it started off like this:

Then, morphed into this... click here to continue reading.

Monday, January 19, 2015

What's a Good Artist?

What does it take to be an artist? 
Well, it takes a desire to create art, and the initiative to act on that desire. If you've ever drawn a picture, molded clay into a form you've imagined, glued paper scraps into a collage, or in some other way have designed and assembled a creative work, then you ARE an artist. 

What does it take to be a good artist?

 Some would say it requires a Bachelors or a Master's degree in art, and yet one of the world's most well-known and best-loved artist, Van Gogh, attended several different art schools with sporadic attendance, and didn't actually graduate from any of them. He also disagreed with much of what he was taught. In spite of that, he produced a great number of treasured, works such as the two below... Click HERE to read the rest of this post

Starry Night Over the Rhone.jpg

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Trial, Error, Error, Repeat

Yesterday was another day of website building.  There are some things with WordPress that drives me crazy, such as when I post the link to my website on Facebook, it doesn't have a thumbnail image on it, and I've tried all the tutorials to fix the problem, but it persists.

Inspite of that, my website is coming along, I am making progress with it.  I've imported past blog posts there, and for a while I'll be posting on both, but soon I'll be moving.  I hope that those who have followed me on blogger will come over to my wordpress site and follow me there as well.  It can be found at

In addition to the website work, I've been adding up the cost of doing business as an artist over the past year, comparing that to what I've made in sales, just to find out how much money I've made lost as an artist, I won't share details, but I will say that I can see where the term starving artist comes from.  I didn't expect profit over this year, but I did expect a smaller deficit than I saw.  Oh well, there were a lot of expenses that I won't have to repeat any time soon, like buying a canopy for art shows, tables for the canopy, a cart to move supplies with at art shows, etc.

Last but not least, I actually got a little painting done, I'm still not happy with the clouds in my sky, but I'm getting closer to what I want.  One thing I am figuring out with this sunset though, is that I have to stop in between colors and let things dry, otherwise my oranges, and purples mix into brown, and my yellows and blues mix into green.  Here are two photos, neither one seems to really be right in color, the first one comes closer but is brighter than the painting really is I think...oh well,  what can you expect from a cell phone?

During my next session I will bring the purple and then blue up further in up in the sky, and cover those strange finger like projections I called clouds, then I will try puttin in some less finger like clouds, I can see it in my mind now, when before I couldn't, so hopefully I'll be able to translate that onto the canvas.    Then I'll bring more color into the darker blue water, the lighter blue area is actually going to be covered with land, as is the horizon line, so that the bay comes between where the viewer "stands" and the other side of the bay.  I'm not really concerned about how much experimentation this is taking, I mean after all, this is how I've learned EVERYTHING I know about painting so far, by trying, messing up, and trying again, until I get I get it right.

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