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Learning Disorders/ 7 Ways Artist Cope

Learning disorders effect my art. I have ADHD and dyslexia. I transpose letters, shapes, line, reading, writing, numbers and my brain doesn’t let me slow down so art is a welcome gift because it is my greatest learning tool.

Learning the same way as the majority of students wasn’t working for me. I am a very visual learner and I learn quickly. I identify color and shape with everything so you can image how pleased I am when all things come together to create a finished peace of art.

Most artist with dyslexia are very visual they see color, tone, textures and details very clearly they can communicate through their art. Everything we observe is vivid and dimensional, so we can see how we want to recreate it before we put pen to paper or brush to canvas.

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurobehavioral disorder which makes it hard to control inattention and hyperactivity with hard to control impulse. Artist with this disability like me find pleasure in drawing and find that painting with water based paints work the best.

Pencil drawing is just part of learning when your an artist.

ADHD artist love to draw and it the first aid in learning your craft.

These disabilities are a blessing once you learn to embraces the possibilities. Low self esteem is the biggest handicap I dealt with growing up. Learning about art is the one place I felt that I good about myself.

How do artist cope with learning disorders while they work?

  1. We don’t see it as a disability because our imagination is so active we don’t take time to dwell.
  2. Learning new ways to put our creativity to work is just part of the experience.
  3. Artist do sculpture, draw and paint. Others become part of the TV and movie industry.
  4. Living as a visual person means your left brain works over time, so the creative process is always turned on.
  5. Live in a world wear color, shape and texture beg to be noticed and we are willing to share our vision with everyone in our art.
  6. Because we have a heighten level of observation we know when something is off. Our sense of balance between light and dark is found through out our work.
  7. Most of our work is highly emotional and shares something personal a peak into our personality.

Those of us that have learning disabilities will try all types of mediums and in doing so we find the process that supports a style that is unique to us. The subject matter is always a large part in how we work. My need to create my vision is what drives me to cope with any disability I have. My imagination and energy is what brings each piece of art to life.

As a young child myself esteem took many hits but as I got better at developing my craft nothing could replace the power I feel when I’m learning something new or creating my art. Look at your learning disability from all side and figure out how you can turn it around to work for you instead of letting it effect yourself esteem at any age.

Visual learning is not a disablility.

My brain left or right adapts to learning what it needs to create a beautiful work of art

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Texture And Color Add Balance With Depth

Creating texture with color and  with each pencil stroke or brush stroke is another way our picture area comes alive. adding color set a tone enhancing the illusion of the composition.

Every time I pick up a brush or pencil I have to make a decision to fill the picture area by setting the key. The picture area is composed of smaller picture areas. Each shape is a smaller picture area that can be filled to create the larger picture area.

Take these sections of a painting I have done, look how these sections fill the main picture area.

Each section of the picture supports the key to this art.

I love to break down the color in the fur of an animal of feathers of a bird by carrying by making the colors the texture. Building an added depth to the perspective of my subjects. Texture  in color can be become the camouflage leaving you with a piece that draws you into the center of interest with ease.

Useing color and textures in acrylic

Tree Frogs use color and textures to hide.



Artist using acrylics to fill the picture area with color and texture.

Louisiana Tree Frog

As you can see above there is more than one way to create using color and texture. The patterns in color is just one way I show areas of balance and creating the keys in the art work. Pencil is fun here you can see how texture in shades of the gray scale create balance that is throughout the picture area.

Monkeys in pencil

Using texture to create an feeling of depth and details.


So much of my art is about the movement between the subject and the way I draw you in to see that they are a part of this world. If your eye lingers on the subject you will see that section is filled by textures that create the fur just by my pencil stroke.



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Finding Motivation

My photos

I’m sitting here looking at my computer thinking I should be up painting or drawing something. I have to find so motivation somewhere. The painting is on the easel crying out for me to finish it. I know what I have to do and how to do it, I just am not feeling it.

In the past I would have painted until the piece was finished and not leave the studio until the next one was laid out. Know as I contemplate my day it just doesn’t seem like a priority I think it due to the winter blues. I am finding ways to be creative I’m just not feeling the painting.

Time has away of changing the things that matter on a daily bases. The main thing is that I am trying to keep my focus on my art so I decided today if I wasn’t going to paint. I could work on showing of some of my work.

Art 8x10 Drawing

Art 8×10 Drawing


Drawing bear sleeping

This shows you my motivation today.



We all have that one friend that keeps us motivated


Pencil Drawing

Sometimes I just want to hang out with my friends.



Sparkle’s Afternoon Nap is just what I feel like doing know.


Start magnolia

I think it’s just so nice out side I’m going to look for motivation outside.

I found some motivation and I’m back on track. Meanwhile I will be posting and working on my sites and adding more photo’s of my work.

Grace my insparation

A nasty smell is motivation for Grace.


 Giraffes curiosity was my motvation

I love capturing a look of curiosity these giraffes have as they look down on us.


Sea Turtle

Some of my pieces of work are rather large. Like this sea turtle.

I know posting the pictures of my work has given me the motivation I needed to get in the studio and get back to work.





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Market Art On Line

Artist can sell their work by taking advantage of every opportunity available. How we market art work is just as important as doing it. A company spends time and money advertising their products and our art is our product.

Using the inter-net to market art is show your work to millions of people just by posting it on the web. We spend hours and hours on our work waiting to be discovered. I have been doing this a very long time. Do you know how to market art work to the masses? Your art work? Most fine artist would rather create the art work and let the marketing to someone else. That would be just fine if you can get the attention of the Galleries that you want your work to be show cased in and be paid for it.

Here are some marketing tips that take you from the studio to the inter-net. Just as I have done. I love to paint and draw just as much as the next artist. I do not have prints of my work so it is only sold to customers that want what others don’t have, one of a kind pieces just like me.

I want you to understand that I am an optimistic person and I love people. I have done show after show exposing my work and myself to hundred’s of thousand’s of people. Now that I have discovered how many people can see my work on the internet, I market art here. I have worked very hard to learn as much as I can. I want to share it with you. These tools that I use to get exposure may help you get to the next level in showing your work.

Tools to market art on line

  1. Networking is the process of putting yourself in the position to get more eyes on your work. You are the creator and the sales person. People are open to the people they feel a connection with and these will lead to more sales.
  2. Social Media is a place where people get to know you and see what you do. They will share the things they like and share it with their friends.
  3. Online Galleries are a place you can send customers to view and buy your work.
  4. A Website is taking your marketing to a high level. From your website you can share your expertise and show case your work as you create it.
  5. Link it all together is showing your post to all forms of social media to gain the most exposure.
  6. Contest are a great way to add eyes to your products (art work.)
  7. Run ads and split test them to see what your customers likes.

These tools are not new yet it takes time to set them up and work them everyday. You will find that 99% of the people that see your work are just looking. They may like it and share it with others yet never become a customer. That’s okay the 1% that does buy your product is because they truly love your work enough to add it to their collection.

Never miss a chance to market art it is your product.

Market art like this on-line

Market art like this on-line Grace In The Grass


Now you can go the tradition route join the associations enter the juried shows which is great but your work is only being seen by a select group of people. Just thinking about how to market art is your job brcause it is your work so just do it.

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Getting Back To Art Is Hard

When life throws you a curb it can be hard for some of us to bounce back into our creative selves and create art. I have been hit with a few curbs and it has stop me from moving forward in a creative way. Call it grief or shock, it doesn’t matter I am find it hard to move on creatively.

I can go on helping others and the everyday routine of life. I just find its hard to pick it up when it comes to drawing and painting for now. I find that I would rather be alone with my thoughts than draw them out on paper. Art is the last thing on your mind.

I’m blocked and for the first time I can’t seem to find away around it. I have tried different things, none of them worked. I think I need to step back and evaluate my priorities. What holds the most value for me right now? What can I express it in my art?

Inspiration is easy because it is in the beauty all around me. That is where I have to start. I’m ready to get on with this already. Opening my eyes to the love and beauty around me is my way back to doing the art I love.

For all that I have loved and lost I will miss you, your souls surround me with love yet I can’t feel it. I look for you in every smile I see, every flower I smell and all the laughter I hear. I will keep myself in your memories until we meet again. My friends I feel you around me, pushing me to start a new piece of work. I will start doing art work now.

I see beauty everywhere it is my gift to share that beauty with you through my art. To show and record a moment in time that will bring joy to the eye of the beholder. I have set a date to teach again this summer and to schedule studio time where I will work and bring wonderful pieces to life.

Ready or not here I go!

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I Am Inspired By

I am inspired by animals, insects, plants, trees and water. Well I guess just being alive is an inspiration. I just don’t know how not to be inspired, I have always lived my life this way.

My inspiration is all around me. I love color, the way light and shadow can changes the same space at different times of the day. Taking a colorful object drawing it in pencil to bring out the contrast of the gray scale from light to dark.

This example of just one of an object that inspired me to take immediate action. The other day my neighbor stops me during my walk to show me something interesting. It was a two foot hornets’ nest. What a great opportunity. I was so glad I had my phone with me. I took a lot of pictures. As I took the pictures I considered the different eye levels so I could capture every vantage point.

Being aware of how the light played on the nest I wanted pictures to reference for the art I would create.  I was so inspired I knew I would get home a start drawing right away.

As I walk home with my dog Grace. I was already putting together some compositions in my head on the best way I could represent this amazing subject. I knew that it would take me some time to execute a painting, so I decided to do some drawing when I got home.

I am so inspired by the shape and the size of the massive nest. I decided to draw it before I paint it.

Sketch it out

I am inspired!


Light and Shadows defined

Starting to define light and shadow.


Are you inpired!

Filling in the form with shape of texture.


Inspired yet?

Filling in the form with pattern in each section defines the object.


Inspired buy light and shadow

Continue with defining light, shadow and pattern.


Inspired to it paint.

The balance between light and shadow brings the details to life.


Inspired to and color

The next step is to clean this up mat it, frame it and add it to the Gallery


As you can see from my quick drawing the picture area is full of interest without adding the colors of the nest. I was inspired by shape, texture, light and shadow. This drawing has inspired me to do another from a different eye level.


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Practice Composition With Photos

We all love photographs and we can use them in so many different ways in the art world. The computer puts research at our finger tips. Take your photos to help you with all your artist goals.

You may want to use your camera to practice composition, after all when we capture the perfect picture we want to show it off. Take that perfect picture and use it for research. Your next painting may just be a click away.

Professional photographers us there cameras to create a frozen element in time. An artist shares their view of a moment in time or a concept of their interpretation of an idea they wish to share with the world.

I love taking photos of my dogs. Animals are almost always in motion. I take a lot of pictures my neighbors pets, trips to the zoos and the aquariums. I take pictures of the seasons and the way the light and shadow dances across the landscape or the subject I want to depict in my art.

Here are some photos of our first dog she’s a Dalmatian her name is Blaze.

Blaze's mom

Blaze’s mom

Mom and big Brother

Mom and big Brother

Owners daughter Holding Blaze

Owners daughter Holding Blaze

Brothers and sisters

Brothers and sisters

So this is home now

So this is home now

I think I like it here under the table

I think I like it here under the table

Love watching my new mom from here

Love watching my new mom from here

Sleeping beauty

Sleeping beauty

Growing and sleepy

Growing and sleepy

So tired

So tired

Sleepy eyes

Sleepy eyes

Feeling right at home

Feeling right at home

Six months and feeling right at home

Six months and feeling right at home

Fun in the snow

Fun in the snow

Hey I found it!

Hey I found it!

You Looking at me

You Looking at me

Come on lets play in the snow.

Come on lets play in the snow.

Watching the mailman with dad

Watching the mailman with dad

The spot game

The spot game

Sunday paper with dad.

Sunday paper with dad.

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Until next time my friends


These are just a small window into a great dogs life. She acted like the Queen of the house. expecting us to bow to her of coarse she wasn’t spoiled at all.

What a joy Gypsy Blaze Star!


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Teaching And Art

As I get ready to embark on another year of creativity. I can’t wait to start a new project. Teaching and art is what I  do. I enjoy teaching I just don’t do enough of it.

Every day is a blessing and I am truly grateful. I found that putting out content on a teaching blog is not as fulfilling or easy as I thought it would be. I need the inter action teacher to student.

So I have decided that the best thing I can do is to go back to that one on one experience that I find in the classroom. I do this through our public library.

I do private teaching as well. The things I love to do above anything else is painting, drawing and sculpture. They say if you do the thing you love you will never feel like you’re working. Okay that for me is creating beautiful works of art.

I have to say that I still believe I have given you may readers a great foundation. Composition is the key to any great work of art. I believe if you have a great foundation you can build anything.

Over the next few weeks I will be adding more work to my gallery and incorporating a shopping cart. It’s time for me to take what I’ve learned to push my site to a higher level. This will take me some time do to the fact that I am going to do what I really love and one finger typing in my option sucks.

Finding ways to keep motivated are not hard when you’re doing what you love. For me there’re subjects all around me. I am inspired by life, shadows that form shapes, light that defines, space that creates perspective and colors that dance across the world bring it alive.

I have always been driven to express myself though teaching and art. Showing off my gift as an artist is opening up to you. I want you to see as a viewer how I see the subjects I paint and draw to capture a moment that has trigger an emotional response in me. Sharing this is bringing you into that space. Teaching is showing you how I build that space.

Emotion is the root of all humans it can be found in this space. It is an invitation for most artist to start a conversation or maybe provoke feelings of joy, sadness or excitement. Teaching is showing the student how to bring themselves into their work.

Artist do what works best for them and go from there.



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The Last Step To A Great Composition

Ready to complete this composition. We have constructed a great foundation for our vision by practicing different picture areas, line and depth. Now put some personality into the illusion. The final thing to conceder is value.

Value is the overall mood of the illusion. It is set by the darkness and lightness of the artist vision. Some artist consider this the most important part of creating a great composition. We call overall value or the key.

Low key is pictures that are overall dark in value and leave you with a feeling of sadness uneasiness and despair.

High key is picture that are overall light in value and leave you with a feeling of happiness, safety and lively.

The value of your picture should be consistent with in the picture area. Your composition is strongest with the overall key the same. We are creating a believable illusion, trying to direct the viewer’s eye to the focal point. Taking time to think about the value of the finished work. We do this by placing the gray and dark tones in areas that will support the key.

A rainy day can be drawn or painted to support a high key by making the sky bright with limited dark clouds and maybe a rainbow that formed from the sunlight direction. This leaves most of us the feeling that we are coming out of the stormy weather. A low key rainy day can be drawn or painted with grayer and darker clouds with no bright area leaving us with the feeling of despair.

A bull fight can set in a high key showing the excitement of the fight with a wide range of contrasting values from the lightest to the darkest. A low key drawing or painting of the same fight can be done with a somber tone by controlling the contrast between tones.

So as we explore the value or key of the picture area there are a few things to think of. Using different tones of equal value are too closely related and will leave your picture with no center of interests. Using in-between values of gray or color we are creating contrast between tones. This will set your center of interest away from the background and even thought your other elements may stand out they are less important.

Here are some things to consider when planning the picture area. The basic value patterns simply come down to this light against dark, dark against light, dark and *halftone against light and light against dark halftone.

Sometimes there is a clear choice with patterns that are clear and sharp. The challenge comes in when you want to create an overall value that is well balanced and leaves your viewer with a satisfied feeling.

You need to solve the pattern between the relationship between the elements and the key. You want all to support the center of interest. Trying out different value sketches to see what makes the most sense. This clears up the confusion and supports a believable illusion.

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My Garden Is A Painting With Flowers

Here we are in the middle of June and I must confess the only painting I am doing is in my garden. I love to garden and in the spring before it gets to hot. We get muggy humid hot nasty weather, I hate it.

So I have started this painting seventeen years ago when we moved into this home. We didn’t even have grass and the builder planted four bushes out in the front of the house. I have devoted a lot of time learning about what works and what does not work in a Pennsylvania garden.

The painting is a feast for your eyes. I have put carful thought in perennials, trees and ground covers. My pond and fountain are a pleaser to listen to while I work. Nature keeps me company as I paint the yard with colors that change four times a year. The welcome and unwelcome pest that visit do some damage even if it is only to drop unwanted seeds or eggs.

In the past week I have had two visitors that were not so welcome, a larger hawk has decided that my pond is his buffet. He has eaten most of the bull frogs and a group of bunnies are cute, just as long as they don’t eat my flowers. I have taken to using ground hot peppers to try to keep them at bay.

I love that you can plan out a garden, break ground with your first tree and as the trees grow so does your vision. There is nothing like get down and dirty by doing the work yourself. I see every season as I am planning and planting.

My motivation grows with every season. I love that my efforts in the spring and fall create a beautiful back drop for my life. I have created a wonderful place to live.

Now that the weather is getting hotter it will be nice to enjoy the garden in the mornings with my cup of tea. When it is the hottest part of the day I will come in and work like today and than speed the evenings cools down with a nice beverage back out in my gardens.

Walking around my gardens make me feel as though I am walking through one of my paintings. A painting that changes it key depending on the sky. The sun brings out a high key atmosphere, the rain can go from a middle key to a low key.

At night we can set any key we want because we control the lighting which is always fun. I love my gardens I have created a growing composition.

Here are some parts of my garden…





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The Four Keys Of Composition

The four keys of composition set the overall value of the picture area is based on a scale from the darkest to the lightest. The picture areas is where we set the mood.

When you first see a finished piece of art what draws you to it. Can you pinpoint four elements that trigger an emotional response. Our brains drawing all these elements at once tell our subconscious that we either love it or hate it.

One of the reasons great art stands the test of time is because, the artists creating it has tapped into what the viewers wanted and liked at the time. This leaves us some of the best glimpses into that era of history. We study these four keys and apply them developing our own style.

The Four Keys

  • A high key value is bright and the overall tones are light. The artist may paint with light bright pastels colors to elevate your mood when you view it.
  • The middle key value has no extremes of light or dark and shows a balance of the two building a feeling of being content as you view it.
  • The full value has the whole range from white to black and will leave you with a feeling of the dramatic.
  • The Low key is the very dark, all tones are in the darkest range from black to white. Leaves you with a feeling of despair or sadness.

Here is an exercise you can try to help understand the keys a little better.

Make a Gray Scale using you pencils from hard to soft. On a strip of paper draw a long rectangle vertically, long and skinny. Now at the top of the rectangle leave an inch white the next inch use your 6H pencil, than in the next inch use your 5H, 4H, 3H, 2H ,H, HB, B, 2B and so on until you go completely dark with your 6B pencils.

This is scale that you will want to set or recognize value. It will show you the overall value of the picture area. The shades between white and 6B is divided into four sections the lightest is the high key and middle key is in the middle of the scale. The full is moving back and forth between the white to black or 6B and that leaves the last key, the range is in the darkest or lower range of your scale.

When you are setting the  fourth key or mood (overall tone) of the picture area remember to stay in the same key from start to finish.

When using paint it is the same you are just using color. You can make, print from your computer or purchase a color wheel. This will show you the colors in the key you want to stick to when painting. You can also get them at a paint stores, sometimes for free.

As you mind observes the gray scale and the color wheel it will train itself to see everything in these 4 keys of composition and file it until it becomes second nature.

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Composition Starts Here

You are learning how to make a picture by applying the fundamentals of composition. You will learn how to combine subjects and or objects to form a whole drawing. The picture area is where all the action takes place.

The Picture Area is the first of four basics you need to understand in creating composition. What is the picture area on my paper and how can I define it? If you have ever taken a photograph with a camera you have worked with a picture area. The area inside the frame is the picture area. It is the flat surface that we draw or paint inside the picture frame.

I doesn’t matter if it is a camera or a piece of paper, you are in control of the picture area. Artist train their brains to observe life. It is like looking through a viewfinder of a camera storing information in their brain until they need it. They use a piece of paper or canvas to record their thoughts.

To use the picture area effectively you must decide where you place the subjects or objects and what size they will be. Depending on how much detail you want the viewer to see on may determine the size you chose. The larger the image, the more detail. Just as a cameras zoom lens bring things closer in your view finder it also shows you more details.

You have a choice where you place the objects, by doing rough drawings to find the image that reflects what you have in mind for your picture area. Take one object draw it different sizes and in different places on your paper. Do as many as you want until you have the best representation of your vision.

When you have more than one object the main focus or center of interest determines what size the objects around it will be. When there is only one subject or object it is the center of interest. When we add objects to the picture area we need to establish a direction that the eye will follow.

This is where size is most relevant. One thing to remember is that just as size dominates in real life it also dominates inside your picture area. When you draw an object or subject in the foreground you are establishing its dominance over smaller ones. Drawing objects on the same eye level and size will give them equal value. Whenever possible when using objects try to pick different sizes to create more interest.

The possibilities are endless. The size we make things and where we place them is what will dominate the picture area. Choosing how you represent the items in picture must be done carefully depending on the effect you want to achieve and how you want to represent the objects or subjects inside the frame.

The exercise that will give you a better understanding of this is to draw rough drawings. First use one object or subject vary the size and change the placement inside the picture area. Next add another element and do the same. Keep adding more elements until you’re comfortable with the picture you want to create. You can group them, change the sizes add interest and make choices that have a purpose.

Focus on the vision you have for the elements you chosen. After a while you will be able to look any subjects or objects and arrange a size and placement in your mind giving you a clear path to the illusion you want to create. Every time you record your thought do it with a sense of purpose.

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What Artist Focus Their Attention AS They Draw

You’re an artist and you have the ability to look past what the average person sees. The world opens up to as you open your eyes every morning, as light blankets the room you imagination comes alive. You see pictures in the shadows reflections on glass and mirrors and when you close your eyes your mind takes over.

You have the ability to focus on what is important and lock it into your memory. Observation is an artist most valuable tool. We focus our attention on Shapes and how they are formed. Light and how it cast itself on and object bringing out the colors guiding us to the shadows that form a visual memories that we can access at will. We see emotion, character, joy and sorrow.

Observation is the ability to mentally record emotions big, small, extraordinary and common place. You have many ways your mind catches details that are missed by an untrained mind.

It takes practice and discipline for years to develop into a style that is recognizable. Improving your observation skills start when you decide to train you eye to record and your brain to store the emotional story you want to create.

As your brain becomes more aware you will be able to select the right subject to draw or paint. Composition will become second nature and the application of materials will follow without a thought.

Noting replaces drawing or painting from life and nature. How to develop your skills in this area. Start by doing sketches taking notes on how the light effects the subject you are sketching. Take notes on the character of the people around you and notice the emotions they use by tapping into your empathy (*empathy- the imaginative ascribing to an object. As a natural object or work of art, feelings or attitudes present in oneself: By means of empathy, a great painting becomes a mirror of the self.).  Looking out your window, take mental notes. Watch the seasons change, the time of day and weather effects the light, color and emotions you are feeling during your observation.

By spending an hour every day or every other you will develop your mind’s eye. Discipline yourself to practice drawing and training your hands to tell a story in a drawing. Fill your mind with important details that you find will portray what you want the viewer to see.

Now that we live in the age of technology it is easier to record your subject matter with a digital camera. This is a great asset to record your visional surroundings, vacations and people that you can use later to trigger your memories and emotions you had when taking the picture.


* resources   Famous Artist Course

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I Know Your Paper Is Flat

Artist have a great challenge ahead they are drawing on paper. Drawing a form which is three-dimensional on a two-dimensional or flat surface and you are creating an illusion of a mass or solid form on paper.

Most start out drawing their objects or subjects to flat. When they have more than one object they have a tendency to run one object into the next. Leaving their picture with no clear indication of where the spaces are between them.

When you see an object you must see it as if it has a clear box around it. Than you will see how it relates to the space on your paper. This is really important when you have more than one objects or subjects in your picture.

With that in mind you are creating an illusion of reality. Which object is in front, to the side, are they staggered or on top of each other. Does your picture allow the space for each object in every direction?

Take the four basic forms and arrange them on a table with one light source. Now take an empty picture frame and hold it up in front of the way you want to draw it. Look carefully at each form, take mental notes on where it is and how it affects the objects around it.

Three-dimensional form exist in space. So when you do this exercise move the frame from side to side, closer and further way and you can see that even though some times the form is outside the frame inside the frame you still have the illusion that it is there. This exercise is to help train your brain to see form in space so you can create the feeling of space.

Stand in front of a window look out the window as if it was a piece of paper. You can see how each thing you see has its own space. Now look at how they relates to each other. If the Glass was your picture you could look into the drawing not just at it. You are creating the sense of depth and space.

Remember that space stretches in all direction and every form must exist in it. Here are some terms you may or may not know.

Foreground – 1.)  The ground or parts situated, or represented as situated, in the front; the portion of a scene nearest to the viewer (opposed to background ). 2.)  A prominent or important position; forefront.

Background Fine Arts. a.) the part of a painted or carved surface against which represented objects and forms are perceived or depicted: a portrait against a purple background. b.) the part of an image represented as being at maximum distance from the frontal plane.

Perspective1.) A technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Compare aerial perspective, linear perspective. 2.) A picture employing this technique, especially one in which it is prominent: an architect’s perspective of a house. 3.) A visible scene, especially one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate. 4.) The state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building’s composition is a failure in perspective. 5.) The state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.

Okay so know that you have these tools you can start to see form in its relationship to space. When you create your drawing keep in mind the space and perspective of what you are drawing. Light and shade emphasize the solidity of the construction of your drawing.

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Looking Through The Grass Painting

Grace is my 5 year old dalmatian and a joy. She is full of energy, love and mischief. So you can see how I am drawn to using her in this painting. I use photos to capture her personality then my artistic prospective creates a unique piece.

Here is the painting Looking through the grass.



I start by getting my under painting done…





After laying out the under painting, I work on adding layer after layer building a piece I am proud to sign my name to.



Working in acrylic is a fast medium. I find that I can use them to create the effects that I want.


When creating this piece I worked on putting the compostion together when I was taking the photo of my dog. It was like an artistic light bulb going off in my head. I knew I wanted to capture her mischievous nature in a well balanced piece.






I think I like the way it turned out and I welcome your critique.



When painting or drawing a new piece I try to capture the personality of the animals I use in each creative adventure I embark on. No one has my perspective, so sharing mine with you is what I love.

Grace maybe my muse as most animals are. They triger my mind to want share an my artist perspective in mediums I love to work in.

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Sharing New Paintings


New painting!

I know it has been awhile since I had done any art. I felt the desire to start painting but I did not have the energy. Sorry folks I never thought my illness was going to affect me the way it has. My mind which runs a mile a minute is going through a long recovery period so bear with me while I am on the mend. I am working and have started two new paintings and will share them with you as the develop. I have found photography has helped me and I have that to share with you also.

When I paint I usually have more than one painting going at a time, I also am constantly drawing inspiration from every thing around me. Drawing at least two to three times a week for now. I need to tap into my brain and find the skills it takes to create a piece I am happy with.

Having meningitis real hurt my brain and how it functions. I will be retraining my left side to mirror the right side in my thoughts and actions. This may not make sense to you and it took me awhile to figure it out myself.


Painting Pond

Under Painting

The under painting is putting your shapes on the canvas. Keep in mind in you will keep building on your painting.


The painting is taking shape.

The Picture Area


Adding color to bring more depth.

Building Depth In Picture Area

As I was painting these pictures I found that some things I was doing was working well with the composition.



This picture is coming together nicely.

The Pond





Perpared canvas for my new painting.

I start with a light background on this new painting.


Building the picture area with shapes to balance this painting.

Painting shapes in light and shadow.


The under painting

Looking though the grass. A painting of my Dalmatian Grace



This painting follows the same process as the one above.

Building the composition with shape.

Looking Through The Grass


Things are looking pretty good. Feeling inspired.

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This is my latest painting, she is my inspiration right know. Grace keeps me laughing and on my toes, I never know what she is going to do next. This spring when the phlox were blooming on my retaining wall she decided it was a great place for a nap.

 As I worked in the garden I notice every time I walk back in forth she would raise her eyes to watch me walk by. Which I found interesting because I was 20 feet away from her and the wall, Grace is stone deaf.

I loved the composition, the contrast between her black and white coat and the phlox. Everything was as they say, pretty as a picture so I decided that would be my next painting.

When you look at this painting unfold you can see how a very ruff under painting became the work of art it is today. Enjoy this painting of Grace. She truly is a gift to all that know and love her.

                                                                                                     Finished Painting

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