On Art

You will find here a wide range of insights on all things art, both the thoughtful and more practical.

The Healing Art of Pottery

“As I work, alone, often cold and always filthy, I’m unconsciously or consciously working through troubles that otherwise cloud my thinking.” Guest writer Kate Charlton-Jones finds her mindfulness at the pottery wheel.

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Eye-Drawing

“the results only appear in the imagination.” Jean Eng makes an argument for the usefulness of eye-drawing as an artistic exercise.

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Kim Rae Taylor: Process Studies

Kim Rae Taylor walks readers through the different processes of making her mixed-media works.

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East Asian water-ink painting

The orchid stroke and the importance of the four noble flowers in East Asian art and literature.

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Breaking Rules

“Do unspoken rules, rule our attitude and how we respond towards different kinds of art?” Jean Eng debates when and how to break the rules of visual art.

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Print-Making with a Rolling Mill

Guest writer Gunilla Redelius is able to create prints on her jewelry using her rolling mill.

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Part 3: Creating a Comic Character

In Part 3 of 4, Karl Dixon breaks down the drawing of his Captain Alzheimer into workable chunks.

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Part 4: Creating a Comic Character

In the last of his “Creating a Comic Character” series, Karl Dixon speaks on how to write a comic page script.

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Improving Style

Developing signature style can be challenging, even for artists who have been working for years. These 7 suggestions can help.

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Two Painters in One | Rose Masterpol

Rose Masterpol oscillates between a drawn line, animated by color and its own flagellating trail, and a more painterly stroke that provides texture and hue.

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The Healing Art of Pottery

"As I work, alone, often cold and always filthy, I’m unconsciously or consciously working through troubles that otherwise cloud my thinking." Guest writer Kate Charlton-Jones finds her mindfulness at the pottery wheel.

The Painting and Its Frame

Guest writer Amy Nawrocki uses the work of Maurice and Charles Prendergast to explore the relationship between artworks and their physical frames.

Innocence in Art

Guest writer Martin Mugar on a lesson learned from a small girl's impression of his colorful artwork.

Jodi Colella’s FiberLAB

Jodi Colella's FiberLAB, a workshop started in 2015, allows students to experiment with different fiber mediums as well as other types of art.

An Anatomy Lesson

Why is the anatomy in Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson" incorrect? Guest writer Z. Shuff explores the history of the piece and anatomy in art.

A Writer Learns From Wyeth

Painter Andrew Wyeth's views on art could hold valuable insights for writers on creating and developing stories.

On Your Mark

Jean Eng discusses artist rituals, what different artists do before they are able to begin making their art, and the necessity of such habits.

Breaking Rules

"Do unspoken rules, rule our attitude and how we respond towards different kinds of art?" Jean Eng debates when and how to break the rules of visual art.

Eye-Drawing

"the results only appear in the imagination." Jean Eng makes an argument for the usefulness of eye-drawing as an artistic exercise.