The Flemish Servant Girl

I am uncertain where I found the original photo for this portrait, but I'm sure the original photo didn't look like a close-up of the Dutch or flemish school painting. Perhaps the style or brushstroke indicative of these schools is all over the fingerprints of the Expressionist style I love so much. What ism or … Continue reading The Flemish Servant Girl

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The Elder, Albert; Without A Pipe

First, do you also feel that this gentleman is missing his pipe? I get the feeling his hands might be fidgeting without it. Perhaps it's the feeling that he isn't sitting still, or that his eyes are imploring me to hurry up and finish the drawing, so he can get on with his business. I … Continue reading The Elder, Albert; Without A Pipe

The Early Industrialist

I'm pretty sure this was an early exploration into my artist portraits series. I had decided to capture random faces from old pictures on Google images. I have no clue who this person was, but he reminds me of a face from a 19th century portrait. This might have been before photography was readily available. … Continue reading The Early Industrialist

In Theory Anything Becomes Possible…

What I Learned In Class Today... If you can find it, you must read: Gillespie, J. (2016) Oliver Herring's TASK in the Classroom: A Case for Process, Play, and Possibility, Art Education, 69(1), 31-37. My usual disclaimer is that I steal quotes and barely paraphrase the highlights that capture my imagination in the articles I … Continue reading In Theory Anything Becomes Possible…

“Art is like beginning a sentence before knowing the ending.”

What I learned in class today... If you can find it, you must read: Bayles, D., & Orland, T. (1993). Art & Fear: Observations on the perils (and rewards) of artmaking. Santa Cruz, CA: Image Continuum Press. I'm going to steal a few quotes and only loosely paraphrase others, because, frankly, the author say these things … Continue reading “Art is like beginning a sentence before knowing the ending.”

It Is As It Was

The expression is very matter-of-fact and I have no clue what I was thinking when I drew it. It's an old drawing I just found in a sketchbook I wanted to recycle for a new class. What amazes me is the alertness of the face and the amount of expression that only a few lines … Continue reading It Is As It Was

The Art of Making – As Easy A Walking A Tightrope

What I Learned In School Today... If you can find it, read: Philippe Petit, On the High Wire, trans by Paul Auster, New York: New Directions Publishing, 2019 [1972, 1984], 3-19, 55-56 I'm already loving this teacher and this is still the first week. She suggested this reading for us and as soon as I opened … Continue reading The Art of Making – As Easy A Walking A Tightrope

I Art… what do you do?

What I learned in class this week... Perhaps the sign of a good class is the level of challenge provided by the teacher. Not time management challenges, reflective challenges. This week the teacher had us do a short reflective paper to answer "Why am I here?". As in why did I choose to take her … Continue reading I Art… what do you do?

In The Moment

Every now and then, I look through old sketchbooks to see if there are any unused pages left that can be recycled or repurposed for new projects. I usually find forgotten drawings that make me shout in my head WTF was I thinking when I drew this? This is a great example. These days, I … Continue reading In The Moment

Rustic Markings Brush: “Ephemeral”

This is my first attempt at making a marking tool, but it won't be my last. I've been studying and collecting materials, sketching out ideas, and even letting the muse give me stories about each one.  Ephemeral is exactly as its title suggests: every component is exceedingly fragile and yet beautiful. To me there's the … Continue reading Rustic Markings Brush: “Ephemeral”