How Decisions Factor in Art
I often mention to my drawing students that being an artist means you have to make art decisions. What to work on, when to work, how long, what subject matter; once you’re ...
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Getting Into the Water - How You Start Your Work Can Make a Difference
What motivates us to draw, play the guitar or do anything that we have at one point decided will change the quality of our lives, help us grow, make us better people ...
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The Art of Noticing Things
Have you ever played Boggle and found every word there was possibly to find, only to suffer the shock that your opponent found fifteen words you didn’t see at all?  In life ...
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Where is Inspiration?
One question an artist often gets asked is: “where do you find your inspiration?” I usually say “nature” instead of the real answer which is much longer and harder to pinpoint.
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Symbol of Love
During Valentines’ month we see hearts everywhere, a shape recognized as the symbol* for love. The heart has taken on added associations this year as it is linked to support for frontline ...
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Seeing More
As many of my students have told me, their lives seem richer because they are seeing better and seeing more.  It’s helpful to remember that we don’t teach reading and writing to produce ...
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Windows Into the Past - Visiting the National Gallery
This December I had my dream experience of spending two days, mostly alone, at our National Gallery in Ottawa.  I have been asked several times what my favourite piece was but I ...
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My Friend the Weekly Planner
A weekly planner has been part of my daily life for over ten years now.  There are countless ways of keeping track of life’s commitments; such as in a wall calendar, computer ...
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