Famous artist Renoir stated “If you could explain a picture, it wouldn’t be art…The work of art must seize upon you,wrap you up in itself, carry you away.”.

I am sure we have all been in a gallery or museum and wondered, what was the artist thinking?  This especially comes up when viewing more contemporary art which has no recognizable images.  Art can be anything it wants to be, that’s what makes art so fun and unique.  You either like it or not, there is no right or wrong. But if you must come up with something here are a few tips.  Look for colors or combinations of colors you like.  Note interesting textures or materials that are used in creating the art piece.  Try standing farther away…

Degas and art: “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”

Artist Edgar Degas lived from 1834 to 1917 in France during a time of great artists who were forging new paths in art.  One of his close friends’ was the painter Monet who had his own unique style of painting.  Both took inspiration from each other but kept their individuality.  This is an exciting aspect of the arts so take advantage of exploring past master artists and the artist down the street from you.  The possibilities are endless. Degas was known for his figures that were shown in motion, a “snapshot” of a moment in time. He did lots of…

Frederic Remington western artist: art-i-facts

  As an artist of western landscapes I look to the land for inspiration and other artists. Frederic Remington (1861-1909) was one of our country’s first western painters.  He said, “I knew the wild riders and the vacant land were about to vanish forever….and the more I considered the subject, the bigger the forever loomed.  Without knowing how to do it, I began to record some facts around me, and the more I looked the more the panorama unfolded.”    Remington was the first artist to show the true gait of the horse in motion!  He recorded the western life of…

Monet “art-i-facts” and art project designed to inspire

Monet’s art was known for his impressions of luscious colors.  As we hit the peak of summer blooms head outside to your local gardens for art inspirations.  A easy way to have that broken brush work look without the complications of paints is to use water soluble oil pastels.  They are easily tucked in a small backpack or shoulder bag.  Bring a collapsible cup, water bottle and brush.   Layout your design using dashes of oil pastel, then using water and a brush do some blending !  Experiment with different color combinations to create the impressions of the garden. Monet said…

Hints and quotes for sketchbooks, you don’t have to be an “Artist” to participate!

Hints and quotes for sketchbooks, you don’t have to be an “Artist” to participate! Getting ready for that summer vacation trip, don’t forget to pack a sketchbook.  Bring one for each member of the family so each can use it in their own unique way.  Pop each one into it’s own ziplock bag to keep it safe and dry.  Have some simple pens or pencils.  Remember the sharpener.  Bring a glue stick and while you travel glue in a postcard, train tickets,brochures for the places you have been. Then add your own drawings around it. This works really well is…

Sketching inspiration from art masters

  Grab those sketchbooks and pencils, even a simple sketch can be an inspiration for a bigger art work.  Bored with the common pencil then try the watersoluble graphite pencils.  You can even get them in beautiful earthy colors (Derwent Graphitint Pencils).  Enjoy the quotes below: “Draw lines, young man, many lines, from memory or from nature-it is in this way that you will become a good artist.” Jean-Auguste-Dominique Inges (1780-1867) advice to Degas “Sketch quickly with light strokes on your pad (which you should always have with you), and when it is full, start another, never rubbing out but…

Art-i-Facts from Miro

Miro’s art is a great example of how fabulous art does not need to be complicated. Enjoy these art facts about him! Miro was a famous Spanish painter.  He was born in 1893 and died in 1983. Miro said, “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.” Miro thought that the feet of a person keeps that person in contact with the creative force coming from the earth.  Look for feet and feet-like symbols in his paintings! Miro tried out painting in the cubist style like Picasso, but eventually developed his own unique…

Art-i-facts from Picasso

Did you know Picasso helped develop a style of painting and sculpting called cubism.  He said, “When we discovered Cubism, we did not have the aim of discovering Cubism.  We only wanted to express what was in us.” Did you know Picasso was born in Oct. in Malaga, Spain. Did you know Picasso said, “To draw you must close your eyes and sing.” Picasso said, “The work that one does is another way of keeping a diary.” Picasso talked about how he does his art and said, “I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” Picasso stated,…

Try a new art form: my upcoming scratchboard class

Spring is the time for new beginnings, so take an art class A little known art media that is fun and easy to do is “Scratchboard”.  It requires a minimum amount of tools. It is perfect if you have a small work space at home or use the kitchen table. You get a lot of visual bang for all this.  It includes using a pre-inked white board and taking a tiny knife or  “scraper” to make your marks.  You use your tool to scrape or “scratch” out the black to get tiny white lines and texture.  These days you can…