Draw a Horse: how to get it done.

The horses would watch me get setup, and then settle in. They usually would move toward me at the fence, led by the lead mare, to see if there was any food or treats involved. I had asked the owner if I could give them a treat. So, yes, they usually got a treat.

Rediscovering John Marin, American Watercolorist

He was ambidextrous & worked with brushes in either hand. The freshness of his work proved his restraint.

Use “color charts” to stay in the moment & enjoy your materials.

Your thoughts are focused, but the activity is not all-consuming mentally. It is not a heavy cognitively challenge. For me, it’s relaxing…There are no rules. You can do a color chart however you want.

Fibonacci intersecting nature and art

For me, the archetypical example of the intersection of art and science (and math) is the sequence of numbers commonly called the “Fibonacci numbers.” By definition it is the sum of the previous two numbers in a series. So, it gets started with 0 and 1, and then picks up speed. Next is 1, then […]

5 Questions to Think Like a Photographer

What are you trying to communicate? Where should the viewer to focus? What makes the image pop?

Lyin’ photos & believing what you think you see.

We accept this in a photo because we are conditioned to understanding that photos present images that differ from how we see. If this were a painting, it would be confusing.

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.

To paint a snowdrift, stand knee-deep in snow.

It you feel the ice cold snow in your boots, you know you are in the right place. This is the mindset of a “plein air” painter.