Out of the Dust

Creating Art is Like Exercising

Creating art and exercising...what's the connection?Creating art shares many similarities with exercising.  It can serve as a mood lifter, a mental booster, and a physical outlet for energy.  As with exercise, you can start out tired, but get warmed up and enjoy yourself by the end of a painting…(continue reading)

How Life Influences Artistic Choices

Whether you appreciate or create art (or both), there are many factors that influence your artistic taste and style. Childhood memories, places you've visited, emotions you feel in response to events are examples of what might influence your taste in art. Growing up in Southern California has...(continue reading)

Harvesting Color and Mood

It's funny how color has such a strong impact on the mood of a painting."Bitter Harvest" 6 x 9 Pastel on paperClick here to view large or see purchase details Fall is normally a happy time for me: the weather is cooler and the local scenery comes to life with blazing complementary colors. ...(continue reading)

Who Qualifies as an Art Lover?

The term "art lover" pops up a lot in art marketing.  What does it mean to be an art lover? "Beach Stroll" 9 x 12 Pastel on PaperClick here to view details When I hear the phrase "art lover," I tend to visualize people with a glass of wine in their hands trying to talk over annoying...(continue reading)

Determination: More Important than Talent

I once had to swallow a laugh when I heard my mom make the following comment to someone: "It if's not easy, it's not meant to be." This was from a woman who got her commercial license to drive trucks cross-country at age 48.  If she truly believed what she said that day, my childhood (and...(continue reading)