Category Archives: Painting and painting techniques

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Here There Be Dragons: Utilizing Pareidolia in My Art Process

Tweet What do you see in the clouds above? I see a giant moose. Or someone with a tiny head, sitting back on his heels while flexing his muscles. And a pyramid in the distance. […]

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New Work: How Does an Artist Know When a Piece is Finished?

Tweet Blue Moon Fire Spiral. A question that artists hear a lot is, ?How do you know when you are finished with a piece?? My college painting professor had the best answer: ? ?When he […]

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Inspiration in Paradise: A Love Letter to Puerto Rico

Tweet In December, Jimmy and I took a much-needed vacation to a place where we can just relax and recharge our batteries ? Puerto Rico. This was our third trip to the island, so it […]

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Complementary, My Dear Watson!

Tweet In this Still Life, what colors do you see? If you aren?t familiar with the Color Wheel, in essence, it is a system of organizing the colors of the rainbow by placing them in […]

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Art Requires Courage

Tweet My painting professor once called me fearless. I have since come to realize that this is the highest complement I have ever been paid as an artist. “I’m frightened all the time. But I […]

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Art’s Purpose

Tweet ?The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.? ? Aristotle I often engage in fruitful philosophical discussions about art with my sister, poet Julie Funderburk. […]

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Taking Time:?Looking at things differently

Tweet This post originally appeared as a feature article in the March 2016 issue of my newsletter, Off the Easel. ?I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could […]

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Say, One Out of Two Ain’t Bad! Tales from my recent art workshops…

Tweet Originally published in my December 2015 issue of Off the Easel …or the story of how one painting was indeed ugly, but one I rather liked.?The biggest benefits of taking those weekend workshops last […]

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Origins of a Painting: Second Sight/2nd Site

Tweet Originally published in my April 2015 issue of Off the Easel Before leaving England on our 2008 trip, I was determined to see the Rollright Stones. After all, many visitors describe this as an […]

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Seeking “whelment”

Tweet First edition originally published April 8, 2014 As my husband once cleverly pointed out, people never talk about feeling “whelmed.” They only go on about being overwhelmed. At very busy periods like we’ve been […]

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