AUTODRAW: SPONTANEOUS DOODLES

AUTODRAW:  a made up drawing technique that gives adults the permission to color.The truth is I like to color.  I liked to color when I was a kid...still do as an adult.  So I made up the term "autodraw" to make my desire to color as an adult...legitimate.   I usually autodraw in…

GREETINGS FROM…FLORIDA

Recently went on a trip to Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida including the Everglades.  This was a great opportunity to try some of the settings on my camera and make use of my Photoshop software.  I am still learning how to use both. Here are a few photos...

ART FOR YOUR HEALTH: SELF PORTRAITS

NOTE:  This is a very brief overview of self portraits.  There is a wonderful body of work by experts available online and in books on this important art therapy topic.Self portraits are used in art therapy as a way for patients to express themselves often revealing how they see and feel about themselves. …

MADE YOU LOOK: SIGNS OF SPRING

I recently took a photography class on how to photograph your artwork for competitions, archiving and the web.  The class was well worth the cost and effort as it also included the use of your camera.  I now have a better understanding on how to use all the settings on this fancy schmancy camera I have…

FREDERIC CLAY BARTLETT: CHICAGO ARTIST & BONNET HOUSE

On a recent trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I had the opportunity to visit Bonnet House, the Florida retreat for the Chicago artist and muralist, Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife, Evelyn Fortune Lilly.  Frederic Bartlett (heir to what became True Value hardware) and Evelyn Lilly (first marriage to Eli Lilly of the pharmaceutical…

OBSESSION CONFESSION: VINTAGE ART GLASS

Soooooooo...I kind of have this thing for vintage art glass.It came from my days as a young person going to the Toledo Museum of Art for my Saturday art classes.  The TMA has a glass blowing studio where you can watch artists working the glass.  In addition to glass exhibits and…