Robert Henri and The Art Spirit

Robert Henri

“The Laundres” Robert Henri, oil, 1916

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri has got to be one of the best art books ever, without even a single painting or photograph between the covers. First published in 1923, the copy that I have had for many years is almost 300 pages of deep and insightful commentary on art, theory, and life. Every time I read The Art SpiritRobert Henri,  I feel so many different emotions, not the least of which has to do with my shortcomings as an artist. If you have this book, you know what I am talking about. If you don’t have this Robert Henri classic, I offer up this appetizer in hopes you will thirst for more…

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How to Draw with Purpose

A lot of people want to know how to draw. Usually, but not always they want to learn how to draw what they see. The act of drawing itself is so personal, so raw and can be so beautiful . If someone wants to take their drawing beyond simply recording what is in front of them, and learn how to draw with more purpose, what are some of the steps they can take to accomplish this? Here a few I have learned over the years…

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Remembering the Paintings of Clark Hulings

 

Great painters never leave us; they continue to keep us company through their work and American Master Clark Hulings will be no exception. With a career spanning some five decades and a body of work that is exceptional in every way, the legacy of Clark Hulings is all but etched in stone. If you are not familiar with the paintings of Clark Hulings, I invite you to sample selected paintings from different decades and get a taste of what you’ve been missing. If you are familiar with the work of Mr. Hulings,  I know you’ll want to see some more…

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Creating Art – Sometimes it’s Roses, Sometimes it’s Weeds

 

Creating Art  - Sometimes its roses and sometimes its weedsCreating Art can be one of the greatest sources of satisfaction life has to offer. It can also cause the exact opposite. When I am creating art, whether it be drawing or painting, or writing for that matter, sometimes it’s a rose, and sometimes it’s a weed and just doesn’t turn out the way I envision it. What about you? Don’t let the weeds you have to walk through stand between you and the scent of a rose…

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Landscape Painting – An Irresistible All American Barn

landscape paintingA landscape painting with a red barn in it? How freaking original! Why bother, it’s been done so many times before…what’s the point? This would have been my attitude in the past. Today, if I see something I like enough to spend some doing a landscape painting of it, I’m going to do it, no matter what anybody says. So it was with the “The Liberty Barn….”

 

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Remember Your Focal Point when Painting

The term focal point has been popping up all around me lately as I continue on the journey to become a better painter an artist. It’s almost like somebody is trying to tell me something. I know that sometimes I do cram a lot into one of my pieces. Looking back, I think it would be fair to say that this artist could have taken more advantage of using a single focal point at times. I will be doing much better in that department from now on…

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Breaking Rules is Good Once in a While…or Every Day

“Holding Pattern” Craig Shillam, colored pencil, 11 3/8″ x 19 3/8″

 

Sometimes you need to play it safe, and other times breaking rules is absolutely necessary. There are some basic guidelines in our everyday life and in creating art, but doesn’t it feel good to be a little defiant once in a while?

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Still Life Painting with Teal Pitcher and Fruit

still life painting

Never in a million years did I think I would take a liking to still life painting. It certainly was not on the things I must do before I kick the bucket list. But I gotta say, I’m really enjoying it. Even though this still life painting is on my website, I had forgotten all about it. It all started with this small, cool looking teal blue pitcher…

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26 Funtastic Signs from Disneyland & California Adventure – Part 2

Funtastic Signs Part 1 featured a creative and diverse portfolio of signs from Disneyland, and none from California Adventure. So now we will take a short walk to Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park and take a peek at another group of functional and creative signs

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26 Funtastic Signs from Disneyland & California Adventure – Part 1

 

signs

Ink and Paint, In Toontown at Disneyland

 

I want to show you some of the most fun-tastic  signs on the planet…Having just returned from a short trip to Disneyland & California Adventure recently, I realized that most of the photos I took were of the great signs I saw around almost every corner. So mad props to the team of artists, designers, imagineers, craftsmen and everybody who played a part in creating these cool signs

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