Pulling on Socks

influence journey orbs Jan 18, 2020

I might never have known the influence I had on a young life many years ago if I hadn't pulled on my socks this morning.

I've had a lot on my mind lately.  Due to intense jet lag, a "to do" list that's far too long and a burning desire to paint giant oil paintings in my studio, I've allowed...

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New Monthly Art Exhibit

dala art original art Jan 15, 2020

Announcing the Art Gallery addition to this website!

 

Each month a new collection of four to eight pieces of original art will be posted in the mini art gallery.  Please help me out by taking a look and letting me know if everything is in proper working order.

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Grateful for Feedback

dala art online course Jan 14, 2020

Creating Dala Art

Hyacinth bean - Lablab purpureus
 

Thanks to feedback from one of the artists taking the Creating Dala Art course, I've edited the demo video and added to the visuals in the lesson. I appreciate ALL feedback. It allows me to enhance the existing courses...

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My new favorite brush

art tools sketchbook Jan 14, 2020
 

I arrived home from Maui to find that a new brush had arrived to be tested out. The da vinci water colour brush with a silverpoint tip is Fabulous!

The squirrel hair is shaped beautifully and holds a sufficient quantity of water and pigment to enable me to dance across the page.  I have...

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Extended Time With Plants

 My Perpetual Plant Journal elicits and nurtures a totally separate facet of my artwork. It gives me the opportunity to slow down, to take the time to draw carefully first in pencil (though I don't always do so), to work less energetically with my watercolors and to spend precious, extended...

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Being Prepared for en plein air

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2020
 

1. Essentials (even if you don't end up using them)

2. Hat with brim to keep the sun out of your eyes

3. Water to drink! It is very common to become dehydrated without realizing it.

4. Drawing and/or painting tool

5. Paper

6. Paint (if you plan on painting in addition to or instead of sketching)

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Sketching Habit

Waking up in Maui. I REALLY wish I could sleep on planes. Sketched first in ink with a Kaweco Sport fountain pen followed by watercolor using a waterbrush. Still not out of bed.


Creating the habit of sketching is a wise investment of time. If it were not for my habit (addiction) of sketching...

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Perpetual Plant Journal Review

 

Happy New Year - 2020!

One of the many highlights of 2019 has been working in my perpetual plant journal, documenting plants in many different parts of the world.  I love that the journal is a snapshot of the seasons as well as the places I've traveled to.  

Since I started Volume...

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Matching Paper and Pen

With Christmas only a few days away I found myself in my kitchen with counters crowded with ingredients I'd just picked up at the equally crowded grocery store. Rather than put everything away, I started cooking. My mind was on food, not the art tools I grabbed to sketch while cooking.

I...

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Clarion Calls and Lullabies - Inspired by Winifred Nicholson

oil paintings Dec 05, 2019
 

Challenging myself is a habit, a good habit in my mind. There are, however, limitations to self-challenging.  How can I challenge myself with a concept that I'm unaware of or that is so far out of my understanding that I don't know where to go with it? For the past year, I've been excavating...

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