The Year of Influence

dala art influence Aug 14, 2019
 

On New Year's Eve I declared 2018 to be the Year of Influence.  Each week I would choose a new artist, past or present, to influence most of my daily sketches for that entire week. It was a remarkable experience that expanded my horizons in unexpected ways.  In another couple of years,...

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Returning to Spain!

spain travel workshops Aug 08, 2019

I'm thrilled to be returning to Spain in December.  The last time I was there was in 2004 with my daughter, Nicole.  Of my three children, Nicole was the only one I hadn't had travel adventures with and I wanted to build a stronger bond before she left the nest.  It turns out that...

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Unusual Subject Matter

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2019

Frequently I hear the following laments:

"I want to sketch more, but I don't know what to sketch."

"I want to sketch more but I can't seem to find inspiring subjects."

"I want to sketch more but I never go anywhere."

My response might be:

"Sketch whatever is in front of you. It doesn't have to be...

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Family Treasures and Series Sketches

 

Being the mother of identical twin daughters, soon to be 35 years old, I am very aware that people learn in different ways.  Alexis (a poet) learned 2 dimensionally.  Nicole (a film maker) learns 3 dimensionally.  Their intelligence is absolutely equal ... they simply learn...

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Forced out of a pigment rut

On the drive back from North Carolina, I sketched from the passenger seat as my husband drove.  Since i usually travel alone, this was a rare treat for me.  I had forgotten how challenging it can be to sketch and paint in a moving car.  It's more difficult than painting in trains,...

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Loosening Up

 

I've had several requests for suggestions on "loosening up". As I stopped along the road this morning on my way home from Cooperstown, NY to sketch an old barn I thought I would share the "ball of unraveling ink" experiment as one to help loosen up.

The guidelines are quite simple.  Start...

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Beach houses in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Early this morning, before it became too hot and sticky for me to be able to concentrate, I did the watercolor sketch below.  I've been asked to show the stages of a sketch I do directly in watercolor without a preliminary drawing of any sort.  Here it is.

I began in a very small...

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From the driver's seat

On the road trip from new Jersey to The Outer Banks of North Carolina, Tom and I stopped along the way for a bit of WRITE AND DRAW, a variation of the game Drive and Draw that I play when on a solo road trip.  At one of our stops, Tom wrote a couple of paragraphs describing his...

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Lessons from Mishaps

online courses tips Jul 11, 2019
 

Yesterday, while filming a demo for Creating Dala Art, I left one of the dalas too close to my water container. A large drop of water fell from my brush onto the example of transitioning a wash from one color to another. My heart sank.  I'd already lost an hour by filming with the camera set...

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Evolution of Dala Art

dala art online courses Jul 09, 2019

I've been gathering the information and sketches, accumulated over the last decade of honing color skills, to share in the newest course, Creating Dala Art. This is a delightful journey down memory lane, back to the time when mixing beautiful color ... or truthfully, any specific color at all ......

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