Leaning into Seclusion

I plucked flowers from my garden, this month of January, and formed a bouquet with the blooms. Warm temperatures had fooled the foliage into blossoming although the plants should have shut down for the winter. What delight the bouquet brought to a few family members who graced our backyard for outside visits. What delight the …

Technology-assisted Art

My husband calls my technology-assisted art “cheater art.” When I showed him my latest oil painting in process, he chuckled and teased, “So is this the real thing or your cheater art?” His comments rolled right off my back like water off a duck’s feathers because my method helps me to grow as an artist. …

Oil Portrait in Process: Mixing Colors and Painting Upside Down

Recently, I returned from a very stressful day and escaped into my art room to continue to paint an oil portrait of my daughter. I’m an amateur artist who finds it difficult to follow instructions, so I usually go with my impulse. I decided to erase the charcoal lines for the nose that I’d sketched by …