Art and Anger

11/8/19 Anger rests inside me without my awareness. Do you resonate? Over time, becoming skilled at “stuffing” it I suffered in silence. It’s destructive nature lived in my body manifesting in other forms of expression. Art wasn’t one of them, but the feelings were there, brewing. A poison all too familiar to my soul. Why? […]

Are You an Urban Sketcher?

8/28/15 Notes to Myself: Trying new things this week in the realm of “plein air”. I recently learned that a group known as the “Urban Sketcher’s” is coming to Princeton tomorrow. Having no idea what this was a friend hooked me up with their web link. As it turns out this is the New Jersey […]

Beyond the Frame

8/12/15 Notes to Myself: I think it takes a certain amount of heart to see beyond a frame and to appreciate the art it may contain. Not everyone wants to do that. And perhaps they aren’t supposed to. And whether you are the viewer or within the contents of the frame there’s always more than […]

The Composition #12

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin   The COMPOSITION #12 This post wraps up the series on “Composition”.  I hope the last 11 weeks have been helpful and prompted further discovery or question. I’ve touched on many of the foundations that […]

The Composition #7

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION #7 Identifying “planes” can be helpful in determining the value scale in a painting.  This is most notably used in landscape painting but can be applied to the figure or a still life […]

The Composition #5

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION #5 Defining values in a composition can make or break your painting. They are an anchor and grounding component.  Values create form and give a painting structure. They also contribute to communicating space, […]

The Composition #3

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION #3 Simplification of the subject can be a helpful tool in communicating through painting.   What does it mean to “simplify”?  A definition from Webster’s: SIMPLIFY – “to reduce to basic essentials ; to […]