After a new snowfall, there are many beautiful things to paint right in the backyard. It was not very cold this morning for Michigan winter (about 20 F) but a breeze kept the windchill in the teens. Having done a studio painting with a palette knife for the first time recently, I thought it might […]
When I was taking a watercolor class from artist Rhonda Root at Andrews University, she introduced me to a book by colorist Stephen Quiller called Color Choices: Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory. Quiller found a set of pure pigments containing exact complements from which all the popular colors on the market could be […]
Many people, even a majority of people, have “math anxiety”. As a mathematics professor, I see this in my students, and I have experienced it in myself. Math anxiety is an irrational fear of “getting it wrong”, of being judged by others, of being “found out”, of being identified as an imposter. In graduate school, […]
I’ve been cross-country skiing almost every day now for weeks. The snow has been wonderful. One day I skied by a striking grove of young sycamore trees and I immediately wanted to paint it. Today the temperature went up to 30 F, so I did something I’ve always wanted to do: ski into a site […]
The snows have finally arrived in the north country. For Christmas, Jim bought me a pair of insulated high boots to wear when painting out in the snow. I am finding it a challenge to paint outside now. I can barely squeeze the oil paint out of the tubes, and it seems much more difficult […]
This year of 2020 has been a nightmarish year to remember. Painting landscapes, especially en plein air (on location), can be a great way to reduce stress and experience joy. I hope my paintings will share with you some of the deep joy and beauty I find in the natural world.