In the Studio This Week – Perspectives (Ugh!)
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In the Studio This Week – Perspectives (Ugh!)

In the studio this week, I focused exclusively on the Milan Art Institute lessons. This week was entirely about perspective and cityscapes. My husband has been encouraging me to do city scenes so I thought this would be a good opportunity to practice. Reference Photo Selection The program offered several different scenes to use as…

In the Studio This Week – A Magical Equine and Gesture Drawings and Self-Doubt
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In the Studio This Week – A Magical Equine and Gesture Drawings and Self-Doubt

In the studio this week, I focused exclusively on the Milan Art Institute lessons as I’m trying to get ahead of the syllabus schedule. That and all the little life annoyances that have recently cropped up in my life. I had some ups and downs both in my artistic growth and my personal challenges. The…

In the Studio This Week – Still Life Two Ways and an Owl, plus a Wreck!
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In the Studio This Week – Still Life Two Ways and an Owl, plus a Wreck!

In the studio this week, the Mailan Art Institute Mastery Program art school had a scheduled break. I was about a week behind and used this time to catch up. I also had signed up for the taster sessions for Lifebook 2024. This is another course offered by the amazing Tamara LaPorte of Willowing.org. I…

Back Home in the Studio – Monster Portrait, More Charcoal, and Still Life
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Back Home in the Studio – Monster Portrait, More Charcoal, and Still Life

Back home in the studio, I found myself challenged with the next level of lessons with the Milan Art Institute. The lessons touched on a variety of techniques in portraiture and still life. I thought I’d have an easy time of it but learned that thinking something would be easy at the outset didn’t always…

In the Studio – Wonky Portrait, UFOs, and a Duck
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In the Studio – Wonky Portrait, UFOs, and a Duck

This week I will share the results of my efforts in creating a wonky portrait, a UFO (unfinished object), and a duck! In addition to taking the Kaleidoscope 2023 course starting in August, I decided to sign up for Milan Art Institute’s Mastery Program. It claims to be able to turn someone (me) into a…

Using Triadic and Complimentary Colors in the Studio
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Using Triadic and Complimentary Colors in the Studio

Being an overachiever (hah!), I finished the August lessons from Kaleidoscope 2023 ahead of schedule. I did two mixed media paintings following the triadic color scheme. The triadic color scheme consists of three colors separated by three spaces on the color wheel. I then tried to do a 30-minute portrait using a complimentary color scheme…

Watercolor Week in the Studio
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Watercolor Week in the Studio

This week I dove into the Kaleidoscope 2023 lessons and actually created paintings! They were done primarily with watercolors. I have had a love/hate relationship with watercolors. I love the transparent effect they render. I love the fact that watercolors are easily transported and clean up with just soap and water. I also love that…

Happy Accidents in the Studio
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Happy Accidents in the Studio

Happy accidents happen! The sooner an artist can embrace their accidents, the sooner the artist will progress and find joy in whatever their art form. I share this to encourage anyone who has experienced making mistakes to work through them and sometimes the results were better than planned. As part of the Kaleidoscope 2023 curriculum,…