Thursday, July 20, 2017

Personal Growth Is A Choice

"The strongest principle of growth 
lies in human choice." 
~ George Eliot 

Our model for today's 2 minute,  ¼ turn gestures ...

2 minute,  ¼ turn gestures

Repeat As Needed ... 
"Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better.
 Our subconscious mind does not need the details."
~ Emile Coue

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wild, Free and Spontaneous

"Earth laughs in flowers."  
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, 
so long as they are wild, free and spontaneous."
  ~Edward Abbey

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Forest Wilderness

“The clearest way into the Universe 
is through a forest wilderness.” 
~ John Muir

“In every walk with Nature, 
one receives far more than he seeks.”
  ~  John Muir
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Monday, July 17, 2017

New Inspiration and Vigor

"Travel and change of place 
impart new vigor to the mind." 
~ Seneca

Rocky Mountain High

"Traveling helps you grow because it forces you to take risks. 
The subject matter and atmosphere are different." 
~ Marilyn Simandle

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Celebrating Life

"To paint... to travel...  
to combine the two...  
is to celebrate life." 
~ J. R. Brouwer

Alpine Survivor

"One's destination is never a place, 
 but rather a new way of looking at things." 
~ Henry Miller

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Paying Attention

"Sketching on a regular basis requires you 
to pay close attention to the visual world 
around you. With practice, you begin to 
see things you never noticed before. 
~ Paul Lasea

3 minute blind contour

Friday, July 14, 2017

You Are Simply Drawing

"As each new skill is learned, you will merge
 it with those previously learned until, 
one day, you are simply drawing; 
just as, one day, you found yourself simply 
driving without thinking about how to do it." 
~ Betty Edwards 

 3 minute Blind Contour

Thursday, July 13, 2017

To See More Clearly

"Be clear in your mind why learning to draw well is important. Drawing enables you to see in that special way that artists see, no matter what style you use to express your special insight. Your goal in drawing should be to encounter the reality of experience... to see ever more clearly, ever more deeply."
 ~ Betty Edwards 

Today's three 3 min. blind contours

Three Main Values

"If you slightly squint your eyes, you will see 
that at least 2 and possibly 3 values of color 
make up any object in the natural world. 
Practice creating entire paintings with 
no more than 3 values on any object. 
Paint a few of those and you'll 
discern a rhythm between areas 
of 1, 2 and 3 values. It's a fun game." 
~ Cristina Acosta

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Keep It Simple

"Faithfully copying every detail you see doesn't work. 
Too much detail destroys the illusion."

"Simplicity captures and expresses the essence of the subject." ~ Hap Hagood

 "To see things simply is the hardest thing in the world." ~ Charles Hawthorne

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Skill Of Simplicity

"The most complicated skill is to be simple.”
 ~  Dejan Stojanovic

 "Simplicity is creative in and of itself." ~ Michael Duncan

 "I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. 
When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied  and
 the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings." 
 ~ Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Focus On Your Passion

“Whatever your passion is, keep doing it. 
Don't waste time chasing after success or 
comparing yourself to others. Every flower 
blooms at a different pace. Excel at doing 
what your passion is and only focus on 
perfecting it. Eventually people will see what
you are good at doing, and if you are truly
great, success will come chasing after you.”
 ~ Suzy Kassem  

 "Out of clutter, find simplicity." ~ Albert Einstein

  “Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do),
 skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).”
 ~  Stephen R. Covey

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Got To Start Somewhere

“Every artist was first an amateur.”
~  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“Joy is the feeling of one's powers increasing.”
  ~  Matthew B. Crawford

Friday, July 7, 2017

Wake Up Your Senses

"Artists get better by sharpening their skills  or by
acquiring new ones; they get better by learning to work, 
and by learning from their work."
~  David Bayles

"Drawing wakes up the senses and skills, 
and work is sharpened in other mediums." 
~ Timothy Nero

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Quick As A Bunny

"As each new skill is learned, you will
merge it with those previously learned until, 
one day, you are simply drawing -  just as, 
one day, you found yourself simply driving 
without thinking about how to do it."
~ Betty Edwards

 "Skills can be found, like lost items that have always belonged to you. 
 If the spirit of learning is there, the passion of creation will never die."
 ~ Melissa Jean

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What separates the Talented From the Successful?

Talent is cheaper than table salt. 
What separates the talented individual 
from the successful one is a lot of hard work." 
~ Stephen King

"If you work it will lead to something. 
It's the people who do all of the work all the time 
who eventually catch on to things." 
~ Corita Ken

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Good Work Practices

"Work joyfully and peacefully, 
knowing that right thoughts and right efforts 
inevitably bring about right results." 
~ James Allen


"Proficiency is often nothing more than good work practices repeated." ~ David Allio

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Expanding Awareness

Art that serves an artist best 
is an experiment in expanding awareness." 
~ Peter Londo 

"Awareness without action is worthless." ~ Phil McGraw

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Repetition Is Key

"I like to employ a form of repetition, 
in which the same elements recur but 
in different and unexpected ways, 
rather than being discarded as soon as
 they are understood or passed over." 
~ Graham Nelson

 Before I put the wash on, I refine and clean up the drawing with a pencil and eraser.
 Here I am using an eraser shield to help me get into small areas.

"Repetition and variety create unity." 
~ Virginia Wiering