The Voice of Creativity does not come from the outside world.
Shining the Artistic Light
One of the most rewarding things about teaching art workshops is the wonder of how unique artistic talent is to each individual. I don’t teach workshops where everybody expects to paint the same thing and have them all come out looking like a row of cookie cutter canvases. The freedom for each artist to express…
Gotta Start Somewhere
Botanical Style painting is what I return to over and over when I’m in need of soothing and stress relief. Even painting broccoli can be soothing.
Flower of the Misplaced Month
One of the best things about May is the colorful outbursts of iris blooming every where you look around Tennessee. The bearded iris is the state flower so no self-respecting Tennessee garden can be found without at least one variety of iris gracing the mid to late spring garden. Though purple is most often associated…
We could all use a little more joy in our lives!
Art and Soul
Realizing all art came from a Creator much bigger than us little humans forced me to look at art in a way I never had before.
“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” Coco Chanel (from The Painter’s Keys) One writer sees the culture of creative people as “crashing” leading him to lament about the state of the current art world. He believes artists are seen as “cultural elites” “idle dreamers” or “self-indulgent parasites.”…
Trusting the Magic
“And suddenly you know. Its time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.” Meister Johann Eckhart (from The Painter’s Keys) What is the magic of new beginnings? A paraphrasing of the dictionary definition of magic calls it a power that allows people to do impossible things. “Impossible things” is a wide-open…
Community Education at Watkins College of Art
The Summer and Fall lineup I’ll be teaching in Community Education at Watkins College of Art will be featuring some new additions. Traditional Botanical Style Watercolor will continue with new workshops in Silverpoint Drawing, Colored Pencil, and Watercolor Ink. Expanding the possibilities! We’ll be utilizing techniques for capturing the beauty of wildflowers in their natural…
Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, Nashville, TN
We’ll be painting Fall Leaves in Botanical Style in Liquid Watercolor on October, 9th from leaves we pick up in the beautiful surrounding grounds. For more information email: email@example.com.To register, follow the link HERE.