Different Strokes: Drying Oil Stick

Artists have their specialities. Being human we sometimes get bored doing the same thing over and over again. One of the ways to keep fresh is to try a series in a different genre or a different medium. A favorite break in routine for me is drawing, life drawing in particular. Lately I have returned […]

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Different Strokes: Clean

How we do one thing is how we do everything. Clean habits are essential. In my blog on wiring I suggested this mundane task requires just as much attention as the painting itself. The finishing edges, especially when there is no frame involved, demand much patience and focus as well. Clean backs required With this […]

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One: Bullets

“The common reading of the Bible is that Jesus “died for our sins”—either to pay a debt to the devil (common in the first millennium) or to pay a debt to God (proposed by Anselm of Canterbury, 1033-1109). Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Duns Scotus (1266-1308) agreed with neither of these understandings… God in Jesus […]

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Different Strokes: Stopping

In many of the articles other artists have written I notice the point at which one decides to stop and put the brush down is always a challenge. Stopping is particularly difficult when one is a perfectionist. Perfection is overrated As the years pass my obsession to be perfect diminishes with practice. Yes, practice. Being […]

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Proof

Recently I required proof of my citizenship and the dates of re-entry to Canada. I am one of those fastidious people who can only tolerate a certain amount of clutter. Taking every opportunity to reduce, recycle and rid myself of non-useful articles puts peace in my soul. Shredding everything after the mandatory seven years excites […]

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Different Strokes: Wiring

Artists who successfully submit their work to competitions for various expositions encounter the requirement of proper hanging equipment. Wiring for framed or unframed work is basically the same. Usually the unwanted variety of methods include saw-teeth clips and anything that does not involve a wire. Weight complicates the issue. In this article, I will share […]

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One: Choice

“Will you engage this moment with kindness or with cruelty, with love or with fear, with generosity or scarcity, with a joyous heart or an embittered one? This is your choice and no one can make it for you. If you choose kindness, love, generosity, and joy, then you will discover in that choice the […]

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