Something is better than nothing

It’s been a few weeks since I posted, and the reason is a bad one: I forgot. I have mentally started on a couple of posts, but then it all just slipped away. This weekend I went down to the beach and made a determined effort to just “have fun.” Friday I went whale watching

Suspending secret

Artists have a secret. Well, maybe it’s not a secret, but it definitely something that non-artists might be surprised about. We have a lot of art. And that’s not including our own. The problem, of course, is that we tend to be a gregarious group that does things like enter shows, take workshops, and generally

esquisse

esquisse a first usually rough sketch (as of a picture or model of a statue) Some days, it just doesn’t come together. You do the work, you make the marks, you think the thoughts, and it’s just not there. Today was like that in life drawing. (Note: This week we drew a man, and this

Charette

A charette (pronounced “shuh-ret”) is an intense period of design activity. The word charette comes from the French word for “cart” or “chariot” and is sometimes spelled “charrette.” The term is thought to have originated in the 1800s at the famous Parisian art school, the École des Beaux Arts, when professors would circulate a cart,

Humbled

If you walk up to any person who regularly works with animals and ask them, “Do you know about [insert name of animal here]?” they will almost inevitably demur with something that sounds like, “I know a little.” There is a reason for that, and I’m the example. While I started “late” into dogs (19),

Lights & lines

Attention: This is a PG-13 post! If paintings of nude people bother you, do not read! It’s about 4:30 on Saturday and all I can think is that I need a nap. I got up this morning and took Key for a long walk. I came back and ate breakfast, then loaded up the car

The best layout plans

Ever since I can remember, my family has used the term “plans” in quotes. Years of painful experience warns us that no matter what we think will happen, something else will actually take place. Unfortunately, this knowledge rarely helps me to NOT make plans. I come up with a great scheme, start to implement, and