Art in the Later Years

I love it when people over 70 tell me they’re too old to learn to draw.  I tell them the story about my friend, Dottie, who bought herself an organ when she was 78. When one of her friends asked her, “Dottie, do you realize … Continue readingArt in the Later Years

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Venus and the Art of Pyrography

My latest painting, Venus Rising, in watercolor, water-soluble graphite and white Conté was inspired by Botticelli’s Birth of Venus painting. This image was also the inspiration for a drawing I made a while back on birch wood… …which I will use to explore the art of pyrography. For starters, I … Continue readingVenus and the Art of Pyrography

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“Voyage to Camelot”

Below is my latest painting from a lesson with Deanna Strachan-Wilson in Kara Bullock’s “Let’s Face It 2018” group. I added an excerpt from the poem, “The Lady of Shalott,” on vintage paper and included pieces on the ends of her hair. This is my … Continue reading“Voyage to Camelot”

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Valentine’s Day Cherubs

Using a solvent for a richer, more vibrant effect, the group did a great job with their Valentine’s Day portraits. I wanted to show my classes how they can achieve a painterly effect with colored pencils by dipping the tips into a petroleum jelly mix … Continue readingValentine’s Day Cherubs

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