I visited the library a few days ago in search of a landscape painting book by Edgar Payne. I hit a dead end with that book but in perusing the art section I found a couple other books to check out, one of which is all about the rituals of art. It is titled Daily Rituals: How Artists Work edited by Mason Currey. It is an interesting compilation of descriptions of daily routines of well-known artists such as Mozart, Beethoven, Hemingway, Updike, Einstein and the like.Read More
How do you find your subject matter to paint? For me, it is my camera, whether driving down the road and snapping photos with my iPhone, or driving the backroads on foggy mornings with my big girl Nikon. I usually take shots of anything to which I am drawn. Many of them go into the trash bin, but I have found several keepers through the years using this method.Read More
I have been invited by artist Olga Furman to teach an online landscape painting class and I am excited to announce the opening of registration for the course - Earth, Water, Sky: Painting Atmospheric Landscapes.Read More
Selling Your Art Online
by Beth Cole
We just finished our art club’s annual art and photo competition, whew! We displayed over 130 entries from around the area, what a beautiful exhibition. Especially fun was the interest from young people, we had lots of grade school age entries as well as those in the high school years.
Which brings me to what I am writing about today. I was asked by a young person and others as well, “how do you sell your art online?”.Read More
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