If You’re In A Rut, Start Drawing

Market Man - Sketchbook Drawing, pencil, 2013

Market Man – Sketchbook Drawing, Craig Shillam, pencil, 2013

 

Drawing can be the cure when the chaos of life comes knocking at your door. You know what I’m talking about. Those times when life happens to you while you’re busy making your own to do list. Good intentions can morph into lost causes if you’re not paying attention. I don’t know about you, but getting back to drawing for just my own personal pleasure and/or practice is good mojo for me…

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Make Smarter Paintings By Reading These 15 Quotes About Composition

This article about composition was inspired by this one quote from the late, great Howard Pyle: “After the first hour of work, your lay-in should kill at a hundred yards.”  Whoa! With that sentence in mind, I did a little digging to come up with more excellent quotes and thoughts on composition to help remind us both of it’s importance…

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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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20 Great Quotes on Success when You need a little Pick-Me-Up

I don’t know what success means to you, but it’s probably somewhat different than what it means to me. While looking up quotes about success for this post, I was reminded how differently success is viewed by people of all ages and professions. Check out some of these great quotes on success, print them, and when you need a little pick-me-up, dig ’em out of the drawer and read them again. Just might be what you need… 

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Thanksgiving and Gratitude – 12 Worthwhile Quotes

 

"Autumn Centerpiece", Craig Shillam, oil, 14" x 24"

“Autumn Centerpiece”, Craig Shillam, oil, 14″ x 24″

What exactly is gratitude anyway? It’s not a word heard often these days. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I would set the table and offer up a modest banquet of quotes about gratitiude and being thankful in life and in art. It’s just so easy to focus on ourselves and what we want, and forget about what we already have… [Read more…]

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Oil Painting – 20 Great Art Quotes

Great Art Quotes can be more than  just a bunch of words on paper. They in and of themselves can teach.  They can give your artitude a boost when you may need it, and great art quotes can be, but are not necessarily from, the pens or the mouths of artists with a household name… [Read more…]

Drawing – 16 Great Art Quotes that Will Inspire You

Read any good art quotes lately? If you think about it, how many people in the world can draw really, really well? Not that many, all things considered. Sometimes we let the basics slip by the way side as we roll merrily on our  way. What is more basic than drawing for most artists?  Check out the following  art quotes and see if they don’t make you want to pick up a pencil or some charcoal… [Read more…]

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