An Education in the Fine Arts & Problem Solving

A magnificent gift to us from our Great Creator is the functioning of our minds.  There are trends in education and what we value in this current era.  One thing I think we can all agree on is the absolute need to develop minds that have excellent problem-solving ability, because we certainly have our shareContinue reading “An Education in the Fine Arts & Problem Solving”

Axiom #2: Be An Original. Go From Good to Great!

Be An Original! We have heard that one many times, and I just wanted to explore this axiom in this short video. We can make something technically good by making something similar to someone else’s idea. It might even sell well. But if we want to be the best version of ourselves and create theContinue reading “Axiom #2: Be An Original. Go From Good to Great!”

Axiom #1: The End Product Will Never Be Greater Than the Idea Behind the Artwork.

I’m at the point in life where I love to pass on to others things that I have learned along the way. As I teach and as I ponder great thoughts while painting I come back to some principles, some axioms, over and over again. I thought it would be good to get these writtenContinue reading “Axiom #1: The End Product Will Never Be Greater Than the Idea Behind the Artwork.”

Student Drawing Class

I am so looking forward to the Student Drawing Class that starts this week.  In this season of life there is something thrilling about passing on the baton to the next generation of artists.  There is so much I want to share with them about being creative, expressing themselves and seeing the world around themContinue reading “Student Drawing Class”

Twice Blessed…the Musings of a Bi-Vocational Life

Like many these days I have two jobs that help me to make ends meet.  Most people would consider themselves fortunate if they liked one out of two jobs.  I have two vocations and I love them both…thus “Twice Blessed.”  In ministry the Apostle Paul made bi-vocational ministry common. We all know him as theContinue reading “Twice Blessed…the Musings of a Bi-Vocational Life”

Paint Nite in Fortuna

A Paint Nite evening brings together friends old and new to experience the process of making a painting in a fun social atmosphere.  On this evening we painted a still life with pears and a lot of laughter in between. Set in Nehemiah’s Art Studio and Gallery in Fortuna, California, Art Nite is a time toContinue reading “Paint Nite in Fortuna”

Beauty and Sacrifice

“I cannot make this any easier;  it is not easy.  But then, beauty is not ever very easy to find, acquire, nor maintain.  That is what is beautiful about it.  Beauty demands and requires sacrifice.  Sacrifice in time and effort.”  George Roland Wills We have grown accustomed to, and often expect, polished results from minimumContinue reading “Beauty and Sacrifice”

One Slow Step at a Time in a Quick World

We live in a world of the quick.  Quick smartphones and ipads and computers and information…quick food and rapid results occur in many areas of life.  As an artist it took me years to be able to understand and paint with color in a way that can replicate what I see and reproduce the imageContinue reading “One Slow Step at a Time in a Quick World”

Well of Creativity – How People Conceive Such Extraordinary Things!

“Inspiration” is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language in the following way: “1. a.  Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity. b.  The condition of being so stimulated. 2.  An agency, such as a person or work of art,  that moves the intellect orContinue reading “Well of Creativity – How People Conceive Such Extraordinary Things!”

Enjoying Art and Dealing with Adversity

My friend here loves art.  I’m not a great face painter but he was encouraging and kind and appreciated the snake that wrapped itself around his eye and slithered around until the forked tongue came down his chin.  My young artist friend has spina bifida and life has handed him some stiff challenges.  But he meets adversityContinue reading “Enjoying Art and Dealing with Adversity”