Pelicans

The white pelicans are arriving in my part of the US on a daily basis. They will hang out here for the winter. Large numbers of them come to Kentucky Lake and Reelfoot Lakeevery year. The numbers of winter arrivals have been increasing in recent years. The white pelicans are mostly people-shy and stay well away from populated… Continue reading Pelicans

Dramatically Simple

“When you lose your simplicity, you lose your drama.” Andrew Wyeth (from The Painter’s Keys) Many of the greatest artists, writers, poets, and creative people in general comment on the importance of keeping it simple. For some artists, this can be a difficult task, especially for those drawn to the dramatic. Although, at times, complicated… Continue reading Dramatically Simple

Weekend Inspiration–Zentangle

Doodling for meditation and relaxation is becoming popular as way to release the stresses of the day.  And its fun!  Everybody likes to doodle in some way even if its just scribbles.  The Zentangle craze is about using doodling as a form of meditation.  Just watching the video is enough to bring on some relaxation.… Continue reading Weekend Inspiration–Zentangle

Arts in Healthcare–Doodling for the Health of It

“Drawing is a frame of mind, a loving embrace if you will.” Susan Avishal (from The Painter’s Keys) How often do students get in trouble for doodling during class?  Doodling, new research is showing, may not be such a bad thing at all.  In fact doodling may be good for your health.  While supposedly zoning… Continue reading Arts in Healthcare–Doodling for the Health of It

Weekend Inspiration–App, App and Away

“Draw everywhere and all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached.” Irwin Greenberg (from The Painter’s Keys) Suppose you are out and about without a sketchbook when suddenly the urge to draw strikes. It’s in your head but you need to record it. What can you do? This moment may never… Continue reading Weekend Inspiration–App, App and Away

The Granddaughter’s Residual–UPDATE

“Do your job and demand your compensation—but in that order.”  Cary Grant (from Brainyquote) In two of my previous posts, the lack of resale compensation for visual artists, illustrators, photographers and sculptors was discussed.  The United States Copyright Office has now partially reversed the previous ruling on resale royalties for visual artists.  Visual artists have… Continue reading The Granddaughter’s Residual–UPDATE

Felt or Flat

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller (from Skinnyartist) If a painting, a piece of music, a poem, a story, a performance, a photograph is so beautiful it touches the heart, it is considered a great work of… Continue reading Felt or Flat

Word Games

“Criticism is easy, art is difficult.” Destouches (from The Painter’s Keys) Why do artists need guidance and assistance to write about their art? It’s a fact for many artists. Creating a painting is one thing, describing the process of how that happened is another. An artist knows, usually, why a subject or theme moves him… Continue reading Word Games

Colorful Fridays–Fruity Green

“Are you green and growing, or ripe and rotting?” Ray Kroc (from Brainyquote) Many painters rely on Hooker’s Green for the precise replication of the trees of the forest and the grass of the fields but its origins are with the botanical artist renowned for his fruit depictions, William Hooker (1779-1832).  Hooker began mixing colors… Continue reading Colorful Fridays–Fruity Green