We have moved! January 1, 2023

I appreciate you checking into my blog. I love sharing my ideas with you. But, we have moved. Our new blog posts are being posted on FromJaneMMason.com. Lots of new posts covering artists, startling insights in art history, art techniques, and more — just like my “Art in the Center” blog. The photos below show […]

Confucius says, “We insist on making it complicated”

The boardwalk is floating over a bog. So it is a marsh below and surrounding the walkway…but it would easily swallow any brush, bag, or cell phone that happened to slip toward the edge.

Dubai in “Flow Motion” Time Lapse, Selfies & Scandalous Post Cards

High sky view of fluffy clouds, brilliontly colors fog around buildings at dusk in Dubai.

One of the most remarkable examples of “the medium is the message” is the flow motion video of Dubai, by Rob Whitworth flying us through time and space in an almost unimaginable and magical journey

A Cut of Silhouette History

It was almost a “hair-stand-on-end” moment …the boisterous crowd, talking and jostling, and then the passion of the French peasants, laborers, and countrymen captivated by the animated storytelling of the narrator.

When Shape is the Thing… from Matisse’s Cut-outs to Silhouettes

Black silhouette of large bird's nest atop telephone wires.

And, just so we are clear…. she doesn’t draw anything…She “freehands” by holding the paper and the scissors in the air while looking at her subject.

Courage and Creativity: Clashing on the Journey

Being an artist takes courage. To really get into the deep muck of being an artist you have to conquer your fears and allow yourself to be put out there—by your own doing. You have to grapple with challenging the conventions of normalcy. The creative process might involve the sometimes brutal slamming together of unknowing, […]

Rug Hooking: Fine Craft, Originally Created from Worn-out Wool

Traditional crafts tend to grow from a functional basis as well as incorporating culturally influenced symbols and art. They often convey a naive or untrained sense of design. One of my favorite fine crafts is rug hooking. Originally, rug hooking recycled fabrics to create rugs, wall hangings or other textiles to warm up rooms in […]