A Story to Tell

A few days ago, I was out walking in the morning. Mr. Whicker has bought the land on the back side of our neighborhood and has cleared out the brush, put up a wire fence, to make a lovely pasture (one of several he has on his land) for his cows. I've been visiting this … Continue reading A Story to Tell

Let It Flow

Finally. I just received my copy of One Watercolor A Day in the mail! But I've only had time to read Veronica Lawlor's introduction. When I got to the words, "Let it flow..." I knew I was going to love this book! So after teaching yesterday and after dinner, I sat down to my drawing … Continue reading Let It Flow


(22"x30" watercolor, 1990? Birches on Granville Dr.) For some strange reason, every autumn, my brain starts thinking in rhythm and rhyme. I pull out my well-loved copy of Robert Frost's poetry and I'm dazzled by how beautifully he paints with words. We've had birch trees in the yards of both houses we've lived in. I … Continue reading Birches

Awesome Quotes

A favorite artist of mine, Ian Sideaway, posted on his blog a couple of terrific quotes by other all-time favorite artists of mine: "I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever." (Beatrix Potter) I so identify … Continue reading Awesome Quotes

Deux Collages

My mom and I have been drooling over Mark Hearld's work for several months now. Definitely check out this video of him...it is delightful! I think I got his book back in early February and have attempted some collage works based loosely on how Mark Hearld works. I love the fact that all the images … Continue reading Deux Collages

“The Fringes of a Dress…”

Where Dwellest Thou? O what is it that wanders in the wind?And what is it that whispers in the wood?What is the river singing to the sun?Why this vague pain in every charmed sense,This yearning, keen suspense? Often I’ve seen a garment floating by,fringe of it only; golden brown as it layOn the ripe grasses, fern-green … Continue reading “The Fringes of a Dress…”

Responding to Rutenberg: Drawing vs. Painting

ID #110 "Moments" Brian Rutenberg, in his Studio Visit #18 , quotes a German artist, Walter Sickert, who said, "Drawing is about captivity. Painting is about freedom."  This one little quote has stuck with me and caused all kinds of back & forth in my brain as I consider what's being said here. I don't … Continue reading Responding to Rutenberg: Drawing vs. Painting

Encouragement from Across the Ages

I came across this quote on Ian Sideaway's fabulous drawing blog: "Do not fail as you go on to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worthwhile, and it will do you a world of good." (Cennino Cennini) In case you do not know who Cennino Cennini … Continue reading Encouragement from Across the Ages

A Must Share!

Something about my little beach drawrings made me think of Maurice Prendergast, an artist I've admired for years.  This was only after the fact, not something I was aware of while drawing at the beach.  But it made me google him and read more about him as an artist when I found THIS! You simply … Continue reading A Must Share!

Responding to Rutenberg: Limitations

ID#102 In Brian Rutenberg's Studio Visit #16, he begins the talk recounting some casual banter between friends over dinner one evening.  The subject was "limitations", which he says "Every artist has" and that he is continually inventorying his. I nearly fell out of my chair when I heard him say this, wondering what, if any, … Continue reading Responding to Rutenberg: Limitations