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41 – Using a perspective grid

June 4, 2020

This perspective grid is what I’ll use for my drawing. There are many kinds of simple grids available for free on the…

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40 – The amazing art of Kim Jung Gi

June 1, 2020

The South Korean artist named Kim Jung Gi creates absolutely amazing drawings using unusual perspectives. Here’s his website: https://www.kimjunggius.com/pages/about-artist There’s links to videos…

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39 – Panoramic drawing example

May 29, 2020

The artist John Lee granted permission for me to use his drawing in this post as a good example of the type…

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38 – Perspective beyond the normal range of vision

May 25, 2020

You can get lost in all the information about perspective drawing that is available on Google. I had never used a perspective…

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37 – Beauty in a mathematical grid

May 22, 2020

My previous thoughts on Perspective Drawing Art Instruction = math, angles, geometry = let’s not go there: Yes, classic math avoidance syndrome!…

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36 – What you see is just an illusion!

May 19, 2020

How do you become a better artist, a better anything? Identify what needs improvement, then learn and practice.I need to study up…

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35 – Facing invisible barriers

May 16, 2020

What do you do when you come up to a barrier? Do you shirk away from things that scare you, or do…

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34 – Perspective is all about relationships

May 14, 2020

An imaginative world requires convincing size, shape and space in order to be believable. Photographs can give me the basics of how…

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33 – Self-portrait perspective

May 12, 2020

Yes, this is a self-portrait – from 1979! (Don’t ya just love those big eyeglasses?) It’s a first attempt at etching. We…

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32 – Quicksand of my own making

May 10, 2020

Somedays, everything feels like too much. I go into my studio to escape from complications of the day, and find myself mired…

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31 – Drawing the line between scary and fun

May 5, 2020

Preliminary sketches – imagining how some ideas might fit together. These may not look anything like the final drawing for my quilt,…

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30 – Diving into a pool of imagery

May 3, 2020

I’m beginning to think that I’m trying to do too much with one artwork. Better to have too may ideas than none,…

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29 – Complicated possibilities

May 1, 2020

If I had one amusement house featuring all the ideas that I’ve thought about so far, it would be pretty jammed packed….

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28 – “Nothing to see here folks, move along.”

April 30, 2020

Thinking on the collapsing space of a traveling carnival ride, I tried to stretch the idea to something else that works in…

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27 – Pack and play

April 29, 2020

I’ve now searched the internet for amusement “dark rides” and funhouses. Some of them travel with carnivals, so they need to disassemble…

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26 – How about a creepy Victorian house?

April 27, 2020

If I’m going to put all my ideas in one house-like structure, then the large, ornate, and often creepy look of an…

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25 – Snakes and slides

April 24, 2020

The idea of a snake shaped slide is too good to pass on, so I’ve sketched out how it might look. Something…

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24 – Exit by twists and turns

April 22, 2020

I like the idea of a slide in my new art work, but not sure how it works with the idea of…

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23 – This way to the egress!

April 20, 2020

I’m trying to recall any experience I’ve had with amusement funhouses as I think of how to incorporate their structure with my…

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22 – Photoshop Elements to the rescue

April 17, 2020

How do you figure out how a funhouse warped mirror image will look like? Photoshop Elements! There are all sorts of “Filter”…

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21 – Wavy reflections in fabric

April 16, 2020

Here’s the sketch for the warped reflections of social media. Love the idea of this. OK, how will I do this with…

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20 – Is eye candy a satisfying diet?

April 16, 2020

When I get bogged down with current work, I like to think about why I make art, and if I’m straying from…

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19 – Memory fills in the details of reference

April 14, 2020

My photogenic family, looking our best!I remembered that we took photos at a boardwalk amusement hall in New Jersey. These might be…

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18 – Distorted reflection

April 12, 2020

A hall of mirrors was never as good as it promised to be. Amusing, yes, but the quality of mirrors wasn’t good…

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17 – Mining a vein of ideas

April 9, 2020

I’m onto the idea of a funhouse for my artwork. Maybe this piece isn’t as much about fear as I thought. I’m…

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16 – Other pencil-like marks

April 6, 2020

Another thought on pencils while I’m at it. Woodless graphite sticks can be sharpened like pencils, but all of the graphite is…

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15 – Pencil tribute

April 3, 2020

The Art Supply Providing the Most Bang for the Buck:the lowly pencil.Not the mundane, yellow #2 bubble-fillers (although those will do in…

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14 – Pictionary scribbles

April 1, 2020

There aren’t many drawings in my journals. Sometimes I’ll do a pictionary-quick sketch to remind myself about what I was thinking; nothing…

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13 – Feels good to get rolling

March 31, 2020

Feels good to get rolling on this project…I’ve spent plenty of time on the conceptual part of my next art quilt, which…

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12 – Hypnotic rabbit holes

March 27, 2020

Thinking about entering the rolling barrel entrance of a funhouse, I can almost feel the pull of the brightly painted hypnotic stripes…

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11 – Finding my way out

March 24, 2020

A funhouse is different from the dark ride I mentioned in my last post, – it requires you to walk through various…

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10 – The dark ride of aging

March 22, 2020

One of my biggest fears is that of the human aging process. Getting older has its rewards for sure, but too many…

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9 – What is reality?

March 19, 2020

For my next quilt: Topic: fearSetting: amusement parkStyle: believable reality Have you ever thought about different kinds of artistic reality? Photorealism strives…

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8 – A book about color

March 16, 2020

When I’m not thinking about my studio projects, then I’m reading about art. Especially when contemplating new work, I’m constantly on the…

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7 – Scary fun

March 13, 2020

One of my journal entries listing different aspects of fear brought me to the idea of amusement parks and the various ways…

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6 – A list of ten things

March 11, 2020

The topic I want to explore with my art work is fear. That’s a nebulous concept. Preferring realism in my art, I…

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5 – Waiting for ideas to float by

March 9, 2020

“Adrift’ was my last quilt. It was unplanned. I missed being absorbed by an all consuming project, but nothing was grabbing my…

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4 – Commitment to success

March 5, 2020

I’m ready for commitment to an idea that is complicated, which is no surprise if you know my artwork. It doesn’t scare…

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3 – Words lead to pictures

March 3, 2020

I’ve tried to make it a habit to write in a journal: sketches, random thoughts, whatever crosses my mind. It’s a safe…

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2 – Does fear stop you?

March 2, 2020

FEAR…there, I’ve said it. Who hasn’t been nagged at by demons of fear? Looking over my journals for some creative inspiration to…

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1 – Find out what I’m thinking

March 1, 2020

Art Work … there’s a lot of that required to make an artwork. Follow my latest project as I bring it from…

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Sticky Post February 29, 2020

Artwork appears as if by magic to the onlooker, but inside the studio it’s not magic at all. Through this blog, you…