Category Archives: Creative Process

Inspiration for Your Inner Elf

How are you doing on your assignment to be one of Santa’s Elves?  Watch this video and think about the magic that can result from making things out of other things. Let me know if you shed a tear or … Continue reading

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How to Draw a Tree: a peek at the process (Online art lesson #72)

Tree drawing is akin to tree hugging, but you get graphite, not bark, under your fingernails.  When drawing trees, you get to visually hug way up to the crown  and out to the ends of the smallest twigs. This video … Continue reading

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Painting from Your Computer at Your Office Desk: 7 Tips to making it Easier and More Effective (Online art lesson #70)

Your office desk can double as a mini studio without upsetting the paperwork flow if you follow a few simple precautions. 1. Put your paperwork away first. 2. Work small.  For a suggested mini kit watch this video. 3.  Protect … Continue reading

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Must Have Art Books! (Online art lesson #64)

“Must have art books!” is a simple statement along the lines of “Will work for food!” Rummaging  through stacks of old books and papers, I felt like an addict needing a fix.  I was tippy and needed an art book … Continue reading

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Drawing Flowers: The Individuals in the Bouquet (Online art lesson #63)

To honor the memory of Margaret Munt  (July 3, 1954 – May 31, 2012), we’re drawing flowers this week.  Select a few flowers almost at random.  They can be wildflowers, roadside “weeds”, or carefully cultivated varieties. Admire each one from … Continue reading

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Drawing Flowers from Life is More Inspiring – (Online art lesson #59)

  I started painting flowers on silk scarves a few weeks ago.  At first I looked at photos and illustrations before drawing directly onto the silk with resist.  But soon I took the clippers out into the garden to gather … Continue reading

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Landscape Paintings: Do 3 in 30 Minutes (Online art lesson #52)

Three paintings in thirty minutes?  What, am I crazy?  Well, maybe, but not about this. This week in class we did this quick exercise in landscape painting using my photos from Burgundy, France.  How to do the exercise: Hold a … Continue reading

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Exhibiting Your Art Work (Online art lesson #51)

Photos in this post are from New York City in Spring on exhibit at Breadworks in Boulder through March 10.  It is always shocking how much work (both physical and emotional) it is to have a show, and yet I … Continue reading

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The Sketchbook Project and Perfectionism (Online art lesson #50)

Weekly Art Lesson: Your Online Oasis for Fearless Drawing and Painting Proceeding with Imperfections:   Subscribers received a version of this post with gobbledegook instead of words because I accidentally published when I meant to save a draft.   When starting … Continue reading

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Publish your Palm Tree Drawings for the World to See! (Online art lesson #49)

This is your moment to jump the wall that defines the edge of your comfort zone. Last week we had an easy lesson on drawing palm trees.   We learned to pick up a pen and doodle palm trees in margins … Continue reading

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