Category Archives: Art

Guest Post: Day and Night Houses by Margaret Bremner

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Guest Post: Day and Night Houses by Margaret Bremner

Many thanks to Margaret Bremner, Certified Zentangle Teacher, for sharing her process for this series of drawings. (I especially love how she began them with washes.) For more inspiration, visit her website, Enthusiastic Artist.

Occasionally I do a piece of art with day on one side and night on the other. I recently had a request for a house like this, and color was preferred to black and white.

I started five tiles to give both myself, and the person who wants one, some options. I used Winsor-Newton watercolor markers to do colored washes. Here they are, barely begun.

Frequently I identify the roof shapes first. That seems to place the building for me. After that, I focused on the skies and vegetation. Some moons and suns and clouds also appeared.

Here, the ink drawing is nearing completion.

And here they are, all done, shaded and fine-tuned. Of course, I like some better than others; that’s always the way. The one at the top right has been claimed and will be on it’s way once I mount it on canvas and paint the surround.

Final note: here are two, mounted, painted, and ready to hang:

‘Like Night and Day’ and ‘Always Welcome’

Video of the Week #99: Art. Color. Ballet.

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Video of the Week #99: Art. Color. Ballet.

Creative Juice #42

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Creative Juice #42

Twelve recent articles to challenge your preconceptions and open you up to new possibilities.

Guest Post: Pas de Degas

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Guest Post: Pas de Degas

Thank you to Donna from MyOBT for this fabulous guest post. I love all things ballet!

My OBT

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Monday Morning Wisdom #102

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Monday Morning Wisdom #102

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~Scott Adams.MMW

Photo of Scott Adams by Tricia (cropped).

Art Reflections

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Art Reflections

My offerings for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

My daughter Katie honored me today (Mother’s Day) by accompanying me to the Phoenix Art Museum. (More photos from our visit will appear in a future post.) I captured our reflections in two of the sculptures.

In front of Upside Down, Inside Out by Anish Kapoor:

Nine Slat Mirror by Thomas Glassford:

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Creative Juice #41

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Creative Juice #41

A dozen expressions of rampant creativity.

Creative Juice #40

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Creative Juice #40

Twelve sources of inspiration for your creative endeavors:

Video of the Week #96: Watercolor Pear

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Video of the Week #96: Watercolor Pear

I especially like the hint of using a dry brush to soak up color when you’ve applied too much. Been there. Wish I’d done that.

#ALCGC2017 May Check-In

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#ALCGC2017 May Check-In

“The ARHtistic License Creative Goals Challenge for 2017” is quite a mouthful. I’ve created a shorthand nickname for it. Let’s use the Twitter hashtag #ALCGC2017 to tweet about our goals.

Another month down. How are you doing on your creative goals?

I missed a few days of Scripture reading. I’m back on track now.

I haven’t gotten a handle on the clutter in my study. ARG!Palette bing free commercial

I’ve written no poetry in National Poetry Month.

I’ve done no artwork.

I’ve focused on getting a month ahead on my blog. I’m close.

I finished my rewrite of The God of Paradox into a Bible study, just working on it on Saturdays since the first of the year. I’m planning to test-drive it with my Bible study group, when we finish our current book (Hebrews).

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I’ve made good progress on rewriting The Unicornologist this past month.

And I received two paychecks for articles this month—my first writing paydays in seventeen years. “How to Hold a Writers Retreat” is in the May-June 2017 issue of Christian Communicator. (I forgot about that one—submitted it eighteen months ago.) And Primary Treasures bought my article, “Putting on Full Armor” for a future issue. (I originally wrote it twenty years ago. I’ve been spending my Sunday writing time rewriting and submitting manuscripts in my file cabinet from back in my freelancing days.)

guitarI’m up to page 42 in Essential Elements for Guitar and Unit 12 in The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book. Making slow but steady progress on guitar, recorder, and piano.

So, I’ve had some successes and some failures this month—par for a creative’s life.

If your progress this year has been mixed, it’s okay to reevaluate your goals and adjust them. I set ambitious objectives this year, and I’m not doing as much as I think I’m capable of, but I am working my little buttinsky off.

Now it’s your turn. ARHtistic License was created to help foster growth among the creative community. I’d love to know how all of you are doing so far in 2017, so I (and ARHtistic License readers) can encourage you. Don’t be shy! If you’re keeping accountable on your blog, paste a link into the comments below. Or if you don’t have a blog, just tell us your successes and your challenges this past month. Check in on June 1, 2017 to share your progress during May.