5 “P”s – The Third P is for Process

This video shows the process of creating a painted wedding portrait from initial drawing to the finished painting. Process – so much in life is a process, but we live in a culture of the instant!  Technologically we have so much available to us at lightning speed that it seems very old-fashioned to submit to theContinue reading “5 “P”s – The Third P is for Process”

5 “P”s – The Second “P” is for Practice

Practice seems at times tedious and like wasted time.  We tend to want the finished product without the investment of practice.  But every skilled musician, athlete, writer or artist knows that the most expressive freedom – the ability to create our absolute best grows out of that very mundane disciplined activity of practice. Many ofContinue reading “5 “P”s – The Second “P” is for Practice”

How to Enjoy Art Like a Child

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow  up. – Pablo Picasso We are so creative as children, and then we grow up.  We become fearful of not measuring up.  We get discouraged by the sometimes thoughtless comments of others.  We lose our sense of wonder andContinue reading “How to Enjoy Art Like a Child”

Painted Flowers Express Emotions

The giving of flowers express so many emotions.  Occasions where we congratulate, celebrate, encourage, convey love, tenderness, sorrow and caring are times we give flowers.  God could have created a very  practical world in which flowers didn’t exist or they could have been very utilitarian in form and function.  Yet the earth is beautified byContinue reading “Painted Flowers Express Emotions”

Observa-tion is the Key to Art

Observation…we discuss it every week in the art classes whether it be drawing or painting.  We often ask, “what did you see differently this week because you took the time to really observe something? The study of art gives us an avenue to view our natural world with fresh eyes and take in all the nuanceContinue reading “Observa-tion is the Key to Art”

Family Love Through Generations

Motherhood…I am in the generation that is blessed to have both a mother who is still with us (now 89) and a grown daughter who is a mother of a five-year old.  This painting which I did many years ago is of my mother and daughter when she was a just an infant.  Artistically, although itContinue reading “Family Love Through Generations”

A Passion for Portraits

There are many things which make for a portrait.  As the detail above demonstrates, a portrait need not be the traditional head and shoulders composition but rather can be some element that captures an individual’s unique personality or characteristic “look”.  The painting may be a part of the face, a pair of hands, or perhaps simplyContinue reading “A Passion for Portraits”

Painting a Wedding Portrait

Adam and Barbara chose a special place for their wedding. Adam, as he grew up, was very close to his grandfather.  Adam’s late grandfather was a dedicated Trustee for many years in his home church.  He made the baby cribs, crafted the wooden cross in the sanctuary and gave over fifty years of service.  He helped to keep the church buildingContinue reading “Painting a Wedding Portrait”

Sole Inspiration

In last night’s Colored Pencil Drawing Class the subject was shoes. The students did a great job bringing all kinds of footwear to artistic life. When we think of shoes there is what we call the sole of the shoe.  The word ‘sole’ or ‘soul’ is used in a couple of different ways.  In ministryContinue reading “Sole Inspiration”

From Pig’s Bladders to Facebook

The French Impressionists, in finding freedom from the use of pig bladders, discovered a modern advance that enhanced time-honored practices in the making of paintings.  Contemporary artists, even those who paint in a very traditional manner, continue to find ways to use things like social networking and other technologies to bring to life new images as well as replicasContinue reading “From Pig’s Bladders to Facebook”