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I can’t do a thing with my hair.
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The Book of Life What is Art For?

What is Art For?

I have been attending an on-line class taught by artists Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple. A year’s adventure with artists from across the world.

Today, fellow artist, Kristel posted a delightful video entitled What is Art for?

The people from The Book of Life, have illustrated what it is all about.

I will try to distill the five points with my own art, but I recommend you watch the video, for a few minutes of humor and clarity.

1. Art Keeps us Hopeful – beauty gives us reason to be hopeful.

Lady of the Stars
Lady of the Stars

2. Art Makes Us Less Lonely – we all have pain and can share that knowledge with art.

Broken Heart Lady
Broken Heart Lady

3. Art Rebalances Us – we are counter balanced with what we need through art.

Balance
Balance

4. Art Helps us to Appreciate “Stuff” – glamor returns to its rightful place in art.

Family on Birthday Card
Family on Birthday Card

5. Art is Propaganda for What Really Matters – it energizes us for what matters most.

The House at Normandy, on Omaha Beach
The House at Normandy, on Omaha Beach

This video was so clear and helpful in presenting the values that all artists hope to share. So, if you ever wondered, “What is Art for?” tune in to the video.

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Step by Step, Building a Poodle

Last weekend I was in Florida visiting with friends and family. Two of my most trusted voices said they enjoyed when I posted the step by step building of a painting.

So here are the steps to the completion of a portrait I did for a wedding gift.

Underpainting
Under painting

I sketched with blue pastel pencil. Then a more detailed drawing is done with blue acrylic paint on a canvas painted red. The white paint in the corner begins to tone down the red.

More detail in acrylic paint.
More detail in acrylic paint.

I have painted shadows on the poodle with different shades of blue. The background has its first layer of paint over the red.

Final.
Final.

Eyes, collar and gold background are complete. My signature is the last detail. Seeing this painting in the young couple’s dining room last fall was like a big hug.