Matisse said “It is imagination that gives depth and space to a picture

As the new year starts take time for yourself!  Be bold, take an art class.  Keep in mind that even though you may be trying to recreate that beautiful landscape or animal perfectly there is more to it than that.  As Matisse said, putting some of your “imagination” into the art adds that special touch to the image.  So as you take that art class relax remember that perfection is over rated. If you are in the Boulder Colorado area check out my art classes which start next week.  They include a graphite pencil drawing class, colored pencil drawing class…

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist” Picasso

Picasso had it right with this quote, part of the artistic experience is to take what is out there and change it to make it your own artistic vision.  This could be changing basic elements in your art to abstracting the image.  You can change the composition by narrowing the picture plane or just leaving out parts of the reference picture that clutter the composition’s general look.  You can also change the composition by lowering or raising the horizon line so the viewer looks at the art from a different perspective. An often overlooked option is to change some of…

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…

Welcome to my art world!

Hi all,    Please check out my brand new web site which features my original art.  It has something for all with beautiful colored pencil landscapes, watercolor landscapes, and whimsical birds!  You can click on the art in the portfolio and get landscape print or a whimsical bird mug that is perfect for upcoming Mother’s Day. Or check out pARTiculars Art Gallery and Teaching Studio in Lafayette, Co. for my art and teaching schedule.  Upcoming classes include a series called “Explore,Discover,Create” which includes a taste of many different media. It is for students 16- adult, beginner through advanced welcome.  Media…