Around the Bend

My apologies for the “radio silence”. I truly intended to post the whale watching pictures the next day, but there are SO many that editing got me really bogged down. And then life happens, and all the plans go out the window. Today I returned from a brief but fun adventure in Bend, Oregon, where

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,

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

What should I call my journal?

So, it’s been a while. I’m not going to apologize because I think you all know my reasons for taking it easy; however, it was a little scary logging onto the site just now and seeing 31,000+ comments (spammers, hard at work). I must remember to check in a LITTLE more often, even when I’m

What’s Next?

As I mentioned in last week’s post, after the workshop, I spent a few days just puttering around. During this period, I made a few decisions. I need some down time. I need a break from painting. I need some time to sort out my goals and maybe even my styles. I have WAY too

Skip Lawrence Workshop

It’s been an intense few months. And I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. So on April 26 I started a ten day vacation that was arranged around a workshop by Skip Lawrence. This workshop was organized and put on by the frequently admired Ruth Armitage, who counts Mr. Lawrence  as one of her