How great art is created

How does a sculpture get from this,  The start of a sculpture...more


It is unusually warm for Thanksgiving weekend. Yesterday, while G. and the girls barbecued the turkey (which turned out really well), I sunbathed on the lawn like the lazy dog I am. The turn to fall means that it's still dark when I go running in the morning. No one else is out and so the trails are all mine (well mine and the lazy brute of a dog that runs with me). The trail we usually take runs along the river and just as we normally will get ready to turn around and head back, the sun begins to rise over the water. No matter how tired and cranky I am, this always stops me in my tracks....more
The sunrise always brings me happiness and the warm light always seems to have a promise of ...more

It's Art; Let Them Do It

On Saturdays, we do a family specials program that the kids love. We do gym, art, and music in quick succession. It's metered out to a toddler's attention span. For an adult, well, it's quick enough to make your head spin. Anyway, during the art portion, they set up small, fun projects for the kids to do. One strange thing I noticed? The parents are doing the projects. Why? The teachers are encouraging this, too. I don't get it....more

My portrait is tattooed on my daughter’s arm!

Tattoo mania is the happening these days. This new craze, is it addiction or expression? And though tattoos are not for me, because I would not put anything on my body that I could not remove or wipe off when I tired of it, there is awesome artwork staining flesh these days. And now my oldest daughter that has a “sleeve” of tattoos—a colorful menagerie—on one arm has added my portrait, of when I was about twenty-one years of age, to her collection. Sigh!...more
You know what, I'll get a picture of her arm, and then share it here on BlogHer. Good idea, ...more

I Didn't Like the Sistine Chapel

It’s a terrible thing for me to admit.  I have no artistic abilities.  In Grade One I failed colouring.  And my teacher was my mother’s best friend.  I took art lessons.  And I love art.  I just can’t produce any.  So it’s a sign of my terrible hubris when I say that I didn’t like the Sistine Chapel.  I planned on liking it.  I still like pictures of it.  But the great reveal moment, when you finally get to see a piece of art that you’ve seen only piecemeal reproductions before?  It didn’t do it for me....more
I guess what I didn't say was that if God's nature is love we have to be free to choose whether ...more

I Heart Art

Art streams through my arteries and veins and swims through my synapses.  The smell of paint and darkroom chemicals have claimed their permanent spot in my ol’ olfactories, and the sound of nails being hammered through canvas into a wood stretcher are locked into my auditory system.  From a young age, art has been a fixture in my life....more

Daub, Dot, Do at Kids Hop

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Want a Truly Unique Work? Commission an Artist!

Commissioning art is an excellent way to get art that's just a bit more special. Working with an artist in the development an artwork can be a complex process, but it doesn't need to be intimidating. These are just a few things to keep in mind when thinking about entering into a commission relationship....more
I am an artist and have done some commissions and I love the idea of making a contract! I never ...more

Artists Keep Us Sane

Artists Keep Us Sane Have you ever really stopped to feel gratitude after reading a great book, listening to an incredible score, watching an awesome movie? I know we take these things for granted in today's world when they are so readily accessible, but, it's important to realize how much deeper, richer and better our lives are because of art. ...more

Back to School - Dorm Room Art Using Facebook and Twitter

Is your teen going off to college in another city or state? Are they already missing there 800 closest friends? Here are some great wall art that will keep you (if you are friends with them on Twitter or Facebook) and their friends close....more