Learning From Nature

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” – Jimmy Carter This Art Instruction Video called “Learning from Nature” is meant to encourage artists and aspiring artists in their creative development through studying the visual world. Although this is the primary intended audience, there mightContinue reading “Learning From Nature”

Online Art Shopping and Feedback

When I was a young artist the internet wasn’t considered a place where one purchased very much, and certainly not art.  What a different world we live in now!  Back “in the day” most of my paintings were sold locally and although there was an occasional painting shipped to a large city gallery or purchases by tourists visiting Humboldt County, for theContinue reading “Online Art Shopping and Feedback”

Acrylic Painting Class Through Fortuna Park & Rec.

Beginning Monday Morning, March 11th at 9 AM, a new Acrylic Painting Class is offered through the Fortuna, California Parks and Recreation Department.  This class is open to all skill levels.  The cost for the entire six weeks (2.5 hours per session) is $165 plus materials.  For more information contact the Fortuna Parks and Rec. at (707)725-6648.Continue reading “Acrylic Painting Class Through Fortuna Park & Rec.”

When A Man Loves A Woman

Eight o’clock on a summer’s evening and the stage is set for a night of romance.  I loved painting this scene.  Set in an old Victorian home we used to own down by the Eel River, the elements in the painting have memories attached.  The doily was hand-made by a talented artist friend named Judy Nunes.  TheContinue reading “When A Man Loves A Woman”

Good Painting Tools

Good tools make all the difference whether it is creating a painting our building a house!  Today I received a new supply of paints, canvases, drawing paper and brushes.   Just looking at blank canvases sets my imagination on high drive.  The complete set of paint pictured above is the limited palette which I have usedContinue reading “Good Painting Tools”

A Whole Lot of Art Going On

I’m looking forward to the joy of teaching art in our community!  This class will be on Monday mornings at the Rohner Recreation Hall at Rohner Park in Fortuna, California.  We will be exploring how to paint pictures of a world filled with glorious color and light by using acrylics on canvas.  Sign ups areContinue reading “A Whole Lot of Art Going On”

A Limited Palette Part 4 – My Favorites

  We live in a world filled with color and light.  All the marvelous colors in the world can be mixed by using a limited palette. It is important to make the distinction that when I refer to a limited palette I am using colored paint that, used  together, can be mixed to create the whole spectrumContinue reading “A Limited Palette Part 4 – My Favorites”

A Limited Color Palette – Part 3 – The “Ish”

Learning and understanding color is made simple by the “ish.”  Even my four-year-old granddaughter understands the concept.  We learn to evaluate and describe any color by  voicing it’s ingredients in order from greatest to least – and then add the ish.  What is that color the army uses so frequently?  Oh, it’s greenish-yellowish-reddish.  Mix thoseContinue reading “A Limited Color Palette – Part 3 – The “Ish””

A Limited Color Palette Part 2 – No Black.

No Black?  No.  Black is the absence of color.  And we live in a world filled with color and light.  What we consider black is really very very dark color that appear to our eyes as black – dark green, dark purple, dark bluish-brownish-purple, etc.  Painters will argue about this, but in a limited colorContinue reading “A Limited Color Palette Part 2 – No Black.”