One of the things I have come to realize on my painting journey is that painting is all about problem solving. When you begin to think of each painting as a puzzle to be solved, it makes the process less about you and your self-talk (I’m no good at this, I want to break this brush, why am I even trying…..etc. sound familiar?) and more about the painting and its potential.Read More
Gary and I are looking forward to sharing our art and photography at Kearney, Nebraska's Art in the Park on Sunday, July 9th. This is always a wonderful art show. The atmosphere is festive with music and kettle corn and tropical snow and the like.Read More
Dealing With Frustrations
Shortly after I began painting, my niece gave me a book -- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This book encourages journaling in what are called “daily pages.” Being the rule follower that I am, I promptly bought some moleskin notebooks and set pen to page.Read More
Gary and I invite you to our art and photography show opening next week (May 16th, 2017) at the Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance, Nebraska.
The reception will be June 24th from 1:30 - 3:30 and you're invited!Read More
I am a music nerd. To the core. Piano lessons were the highlight of my seven year old life, and yes, I am often reminded by my piano-lesson-taking-sisters that I did hog the piano.
The piano has been my friend, my disciplinarian, my therapist and my voice for many years. No matter how much time passes, I can still sit down with her and we have a beautiful exchange as all best friends do.Read More
This is the second post in my series, Art After Fifty. You can read the first post here.
It’s fun to learn and it’s fun to gather with other people to make art. It’s even more fun when you find a group of people that are so like minded they feel like a tribe. I think that’s a little of what we find in both online and in person art workshops.Read More
Gary and I will be doing a joint exhibition at the Carnegie Arts Center in Alliance from May 16-June 25, 2017. You're invited to a reception on Saturday, June 24, from 1:30 - 3:30.
The Backroads in Pixels and Paint
We love driving the backroads with our cameras on nice days, foggy days, even snowy days. Gary likes to shoot anything unusual especially old buildings, vehicles, rusty things, etc. I also gravitate toward this subject matter and I like looking for light and shadow with my camera. These photos are inspiration for when I get back in the studio with my paints.Read More
This is a new series on the blog for those over fifty who have always wanted to create ART. Is that you? I'm glad you're here. Truly.
Art After Fifty
I was 54 when I picked up a paintbrush. It was something I have always wanted to do, but never made time for because of life – raising kids, business responsibilities, etc. Maybe it’s the same for you. If so, I want to encourage you. It’s not too late! You are in the prime years of your life. You may still be working full or part time but chances are your nest is empty and you have a little more time to explore art.Read More
In this post I want to write about the best part of painting – applying the paint! I usually don’t start with a white canvas, instead, I mix a background color (usually in the pinkish family) and dip my brush in mineral spirits to get it nice and thin. Then I brush this all over the canvas. Sometimes I mix a warm and cooler color and apply one for land and one for sky, it just depends. Drips happen sometimes, and I really like that, but I usually take a tissue and wipe everything fairly dry so my actual paint doesn’t mix with the mineral spirity paint.Read More
Choosing Your Surface
Stretched canvas or canvas panels have been my go to painting surface for most of my painting time with oil. I like this option because both are affordable and easy to find at Hobby Lobby or wherever.Read More
I love this painting by Edward Seago. The grays are so delicate. There is a variety between cool and warm. And the horizon line with the buildings is beautifully painted in such close values. I love the contrast of light and dark - the standing water against the dark buildings. The sky is at once warm and cool and full of lively clouds. I just like the feel of this painting - it takes me there. These are the reasons I chose this painting to study. I have others from Edward Seago that I want to paint in the coming days. There is something about his style that I really like.Read More
The Bonecreek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City, Nebraska is celebrating Nebraska's 150th birthday with an exhibition titled "150 Artists, 150 Artworks, 150 Years of Nebraska Art in Miniature." My piece, North of Town, was accepted for the exhibition, wahoo, so fun! I am honored and grateful.Read More
This is the second post in a series I am working on about oil painting. Here is the link to the first post.
Mixing Colors and Using Medium
This post is about mixing colors and using medium in your oil paint.
Nebraska artist Patty Scarborough had some great advice about mixing paint on her blog, she said (and I agree) the best way to learn how to mix colors is hands on experimentation – in other words - trial and error. There really is no substitute.Read More