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.

Chicago Skyline: Step-by-step Creating a Painting “en Plein Air” (that means… “outside”)

The morning light would be fleeting so I took a bunch of photos to capture that instant. NOTE: that’s not “cheating”. You can take photos. Use all the technology you want. 🙂 

Magic wands. Tools of the Trade?

When the brushes used for calligraphy were completely worn out, artists wrapped them in silk and buried them in a beautiful place.

Essential Tips for Watercoloring Outside

American watercolorist, John Singer Sargent frequently painted en plein air from a gondola in the water rising and falling in the canals of Venice.

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.

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.