I am excited to share with you my “cure” for unfinished projects. After reading my story and tips on how to finish those projects piling up in your closet, I have a challenge for you. Dig out all of your unfinished projects, break them into manageable categories and set a deadline to get them done. Take a picture of your finished pieces and then post them to the Loew-Cornell Community Gallery or Facebook page and inspire others to do the same. I am looking forward to se
As a teaching artist, I like to explain to my students brush basics and how they can be used. Since I am now spending more time in the field, I am learning so many new things that I want to share. I doubt you will ever be quizzed on the various parts of a brush, but when reading directions from a book or pattern, it is important to know the essentials. Most brush handles are made of wood that's painted and/or varnished, but they can also be made from bamboo or plastic. The le
I have been having such a great time traveling and meeting so many of you on the road. Recently at the Houston Expo for Artists I was conducting a demonstration in the Loew-Cornell booth when the bells went off in my head for this new article. As I was talking to y’all (Texan for you all), I discovered that there were so many tools and techniques that are my favorites that you may not know about. Each person uses tools in a different way and has their own favorite tool, bu
Don’t you wish you had a crystal ball to tell you what the latest trends are going to be? Do you know someone who always seems to know what is “hot”? As a designer and artist, it is important to identify trends, but, it is not as difficult as you may think. Trends can be ever changing, but with a little “system” you can be that “someone”.
Whether you paint for profit or use your skills to decorate your life and home, a basic understanding of trends can give you an incredi
I am always on the prowl for new art forms and trends. I had seen some black and white art in one of the altered art magazines that caught my eye. The name of the art was “Zentangle,” made by using repetitive patterns in black on a white background. I started researching other black on white art techniques and came up with pen drawings and ink, this started me thinking. Zentangle is similar to doodle art, it is as addictive and meditative. Jentangles have a few rules and I
While recently writing a newsletter article that discussed the meaning of “art” and “creativity” I discovered the tug of war that occurs when you try to actually “define” what is ART. Based on our own experiences, we might define art as painting, dancing, playing an instrument, designing a dress or building a castle. Recognizing that art is every one of these things and cannot be described by a mere sentence or phrase, illustrates its scope.
Art influences us in the way
When I hear the phrase “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body”, I can’t draw a stick figure or I can’t draw a straight line, it makes me wonder “What do you think art/creativity is?”
I recently asked my husband if he saw himself as creative and he answered “yes”, but when I asked him if he was an “artist” he said “no”. We were dining at a sort of western style restaurant at the time and he explained. “If I look at that wooden bench, I see it for its function, when yo