Category Archives: painting

Friday Sketchbook: How to Draw a Museum

Why did Camille Pissarro put a woman in the gutter? The couple in La route de Louveciennes stroll along a sidewalk which is partly blocked with fallen leaves and melting snow. The woman steps off the curb and slogs through muck and debris while the man walks high … Continue reading

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Sketch of the Day: Mute Swan, Christianshavn

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To Birds in Art, with love from Denmark

This is a special weekend- Birds In Art is currently underway at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. My great friend (and great human being), Barry Van Dusen, is being honored as this year’s Master Artist. A brilliant choice, more … Continue reading

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I’ll Have the Danish

My favorite new word is hygge, pronounced, “hooga”, but with a better Danish accent. In Denmark, it means coziness and warmth and cheerful goodness. It means candlelight and hot mulled wine, knitted scarves and good companions, pickled herring and maybe a friendly Viking. I’m thinking about … Continue reading

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Sketching Spoonbills on the Nest

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Cheap Trick

Does anyone remember the seductive purple Vanda orchid that won my heart at OKC’s famous Myriad Botanical Garden a few months back? I paired her with a jambu fruit dove (Ptilinopus jambu) from the Oklahoma City Zoo’s aviary. Another irresistible lure came … Continue reading

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Low-Tech Painting Tools I Can’t Live Without

A gooseneck lamp clamps onto the shelf of my easel, but a wrestling match ensues every time I need to redirect its frustrating little beam of light on another tiny patch of picture. Best use: casting bright, color corrected light … Continue reading

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