Robert Genn Quote ~ Good Eye

…the idea is to find joy and awareness by attending to the minor and seemingly insignificant.  Robert Genn quote and works.

John Chamberlain Quote ~ Art

Art is a liaison between some sort of deranged mentality and others who are not going through it.  John Chamberlain quote and his works.

Gary Holland Quote ~ Communication

“Art is about communication.  It triggers feeling and experiences that we’ve all had.”  Gary Holland quote and work.

Thoreau Quote ~ See

It doesn’t matter what you look at, it is what you see that’s important.  Henry David Thoreau quote.


Yoko Ono Art Quote

Art is an effort to make you walk a half an inch above ground.  Yoko Ono and her art.

Pear Oil Painting

This is one of three 6×6 inch paintings I did to use up left over paint and do a small study.  Called this one “The Lonely Little Pear”

Darcy Gerdes Art Quote ~ Pigment

Art is a pigment of your imagination.  Darcy Gerdes who paints Fantasyscapes, landscapes  and wildlife art.

Daniel Sprick Art Quote ~ Extreme

I had to see life from the extreme in order to understand the middle parts.
Daniel Sprick quote.

K. A. Bressler Art Quote ~ Stimulation

Art is a profound intellectual stimulation.  K. A. Bressler Quote.


Ken Danby Quote ~ Enlightenment

Art is a necessity–an essential part of our enlightenment process.  We cannot, as a civilized society, regard ourselves as being enlightened without the arts.  Ken Danby (1940 – 2007) Canadian painter quote and works.

Paul Sérusier Quote ~ Souls

Art is a means of communication between souls. Quote by French painter  Paul Sérusier (1864-1927. View his 77 artworks.

Oil Painting of a Duck

The start.

I have been refusing to copy any one else’s painting for a long time, but I’ve come to the point where I feel that I need to paint some.  Since I have no teachers and have been self taught, I’m at a point where I think it’s time I do so.  How else am I going to learn?

It feels like I  keep making the same mistakes all the time…maybe trying to copy, not exactly of course, but the idea seems like a good place to start.  So this is my first one.



The whole underpainting

I’ve picked something relatively easy to do (once you see it done).  It’s called the “Waddler” by Cheri Christensen.  Check out her website for all the sweet paintings of farm animals that she does.  They are wonderful

Things Don’t Come Easy

I was so excited when I first started this painting.  It had a “darkish old world” feeling about the photo.  But holy cow, I could not get the hang of making this painting work.  I tried at least 5 times (after the drying times) trying to salvage it in some way or make it presentable enough for me that I didn’t chuck the whole thing into our wood stove!

The last attempt was to make the whole thing black except for her face and then I realized that I didn’t want to waste all that paint!  So I scumbled a bunch of paint I had on my palette on the canvas and called it a day…and I haven’t touched it since and never will again.

I’m learning that:

  1. Just because I will something to work out doesn’t mean it will.  I need to do more planning.
  2. I need more variety in my palette and I need to know how to place these bits of paint in a better manner….the first time.
  3. I need to let go…I was just “so determined” that this painting wasn’t going to be ruined.  I sweated about it way too much.

Naum Gabo Quote ~ Art Psychology

The Force of Art lies in its immediate influence on human psychology and  in its active contagiousness.  Naum Gabo (1890 –1977)  Russian sculptor, theorist. See his  bio and 16 works.

Jeff Koons Quote ~ Humanity

Art is a humanitarian act.  Art should be able to effect mankind to make the world a better place.  Jeff Koons quote and pop-culture works.

Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint (1862 – 1944) was a Swedish artist and mystic (the practice of religious ecstasies) whose paintings were among the first Western abstract art. A considerable body of her abstract work predates the first purely abstract compositions by Wassily Kandinsky, who is a Russian painter and art theorist that is generally credited as the pioneer of abstract art

-Hilma_af_Klint,_portrait_photograph_published_in_1901She belonged to a group called “The Five”, a circle of women who shared her belief in the importance of trying to make contact with the so-called “High Masters”—often by way of séances. Her paintings, which sometimes resemble diagrams, were a visual  representation of complex spiritual ideas. Hilma af Klint was spurred on by the deities who spoke to her.

From her family, Hilma af Klint inherited a great interest for mathematics and botany. Before she began making non-objective art, af Klint worked briefly as a draughtsperson for a veterinary institute, producing detailed drawings of animal surgeries. That interest in the natural world stuck with her throughout her career—she studied Carl Linnaeus’s botanical drawings and even herself drew flowers, carefully mapping out their parts.

She showed an early ability in visual art, and after the family moved to Stockholm, she studied in Stockholm, where she learned portraiture and landscape painting. She was admitted at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at the age of twenty.  During the years 1882–1887 she studied mainly drawing, and portrait and landscape painting. She graduated with honors, and was allocated a scholarship in the form of a studio in the so-called “Atelier Building”.

Source: Guggenheim Museum

All through her life, Hilma af Klint would seek to understand the mysteries that she had come in contact with through her work. She produced more than 150 notebooks with her thoughts and studies.

Hilma af Klint drew the conclusion that her time was not yet ready to understand them. More than 1200 paintings and drawings were carefully stored away in her atelier, waiting for the future. Ultimately, her work was all but unseen until 1986, and only over the subsequent three decades have her paintings and works on paper begun to receive serious attention.

Hilma af Klint died in Djursholm, Sweden in 1944, nearly 82 years old, in the aftermath of a traffic accident, having only exhibited her works a handful of times.

View 25 of her paintings.  See a short video on YouTube put on by the Guggenhein Museum.

Sources: Wikipedia,  Artnews, Wikiart, Guggenheim Museum

Paul Cezanne Quote ~ Old

I am old and ill, and I have sworn to die painting.  Paul Cezanne history and 584 works.

Paul Cezanne Quote ~ Harmony

Art is a harmony parallel with nature.  Paul Cezanne quote (French artist 1839-1906)  View his 584 works.

Meher Baba Quote ~ Divine

Art is a divine thing.  Meher Baba quote ( 1894-1969 Indian spiritual master)

Art has this long history, predating even language, (Betty Edwards

Betty Edwards Quote ~ Nonverbal

Art has this long history, predating even language.  Betty Edwards quote.
American art teacher and author best known for her 1979 book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.