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That Time of Year

I love this time of year! When I was a kid I loved the idea of going back to school in September after a long summer break. Note that I said I loved the idea of going back to school. Come November, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t loving it all that much! Actually, if I’m […]

18 Strageties for Finding “That Thing That is Your Own” Part 2

This post originally appeared in October, 2009. After my post about Georgia O’Keeffe (Georgia on my Mind), where I reminisced about how she inspired me to pursue “that thing that is my own,” I thought this post and the last were the perfect follow-ups. As I mentioned in my last post, sometimes we paint the […]

18 Strategies for Finding “That Thing That is Your Own” Part 1

This post originally appeared in October, 2009. After my last post about Georgia O’Keeffe, where I reminisced about how she inspired me to pursue “that thing that is my own,” I thought this was a perfect follow-up. Sometimes we paint the way we do simply because that’s the way we were taught. We take classes […]

Georgia on my Mind

Georgia on my Mind

“The painting is like a thread that runs through all the reasons for the other things that make one’s life.” Georgia O’Keeffe I’ve just returned from my very first trip to New Mexico. We visited Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Abiquiu, and Ghost Ranch – “O’Keeffe Country!” In 1988, at about the time I first began seriously pursuing painting, I saw a Georgia O’Keeffe […]

Painting the Figure

Painting the Figure

As a teacher, Will Barnet urged his students to consider the figure as a source of abstract inspiration, advising them not to copy the model, but to infuse the forms in their paintings with emotion through composition and the formal elements of design. His paintings reflected those aims as well. For example, in his painting Great Grandmother, he avoids […]