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I’ve never been much of a plein air artist, probably because the type of art I do most often requires time in the studio. Plus,. . . read more
When drawing from life, I often see art students do their best to depict the eyes, nose and mouth as they see them on a model. .. . . read more
I’m all for saving time in the kitchen! And I love bringing creativity and beauty into my space. So today I want to share a little tutorial on making artistic labels for your frozen meals, jam jars, and assorted kitchen canisters.
Even with just the two of us now, I aim to cook fresh, healthy meals—but please, not every day. Often this means doubling a recipe and freezing portions. . . read more
Collecting recipes is fun, but organizing them—not so much! It’s hard to know what do with those saved handwritten recipe. . . read more
I know. . . the term “Negative Space” usually applies to painting and drawing. But calligraphy, being a fine art, also uses. . . read more
My good friend Susan has taken the leap in a new creative venture—and I’m so proud of her!
I wanted to make something special just for her today, so I went into my garden to check out what was blooming. Alstroemerias (Peruvian Lilies) were at their peak and an herb, Purple Sage, caught my attention. Hadn’t thought they’d ever team up—but their complementary colors presented. . . read more
Are you trying to get delicate colors, values, and gradations in your colored pencil work with no success? Maybe it’s time. . . read more
If you’ve been reading my articles here on EmptyEasel (or have ever visited my blog) you probably know horses are one of my. . . read more
Imagine with me the early scribes’ working spaces: dimly lit, cold rooms with no modern facilities, limited materials. We can assume that those who created beautiful manuscripts accepted that backaches, neck pains, and calligraphic cramps were part of their calling.
Thankfully, we create in the 21st century.
Today, many "mature" scribes are discovering that with a. . . read more
For many artists, choosing what to draw next comes naturally. And most of the time your interests (hobbies, activities, etc) are. . . read more
A calligrapher’s mission is to bring words to life. When a clients ask me how a verse becomes a work of art, or what my process. . . read more