A Brief Note 26FEB2012

Hello Peoples!

YouTube needs a Visual Arts category!

YouTube needs a visual arts category

 +Merrill Kazanjian has a thread going about how YouTube needs a visual arts category. How many of you have uploaded a video of your art, or searched for something art related only to be surprised that after all this time, YouTube STILL does NOT have a visual arts category?!? The photo is a screen shot of my latest art journal video situated nicely among How To Style your nails or brighten your jeans.

Let YouTube know that it’s time for Visual Arts category. Join the discussion here:http://bit.ly/x0Flxk

Last week in The Classroom the question was asked about the resurrection of painting class.  The short answer is, “Not so much.”  The longer, more relevant answer is, “That too.”  (evil grin)  You may have noticed that I have quit referring to the classes as Drawing Class or Painting Class and have started calling it simply The Classroom.  What that means is the classes are combined.  Painting for me is primarily drawing with paint.  That’s one of the reasons I had difficulty keeping interest in a separate class.  What we will do from here forward is insert painting instruction as it applies to the lesson of the week.  For instance, this week we’re continuing our topic of composition, but this time it will center around pallet choices.  Should help keep each week’s class fresh and lively.

We need topics and interviewees for Midnight at Oasis.  The topics can be any subject: politics, religion, sex, environment.  The only requirement is that they have to be related back to creativity.  For instance: how have world economic pressures affected your ability to find time to art?  I’ve started a Facebook group here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/382982991728276/ so go join up and suggest topics.  We’ll set up a poll to vote and interview people over Skype.

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If you have any announcements you would like made in the newsletter or tweeted about incessantly, drop me a line and I’ll toot your horn for ya.  ;)  There were no announcements this week.

I’m going to keep the same password for a while so the password is: arting

The Classroom site is http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oasisgalleryok

This week in The Classroom: Pallet selection: The warm and cool of it.

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Tips & Tricks 26FEB2012

This week’s tip is actually a quote from Bertrand Russell:

One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.
Bertrand Russell, Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 9
British author, mathematician, & philosopher (1872 – 1970)

Letting someone else define for you what is allowed in your art will never lead to personal happiness.

Evil Gall Bladder Is Evil!



A couple of weeks ago my beautiful, young bride’s gall bladder decided to ASPLODE! OK, it didn’t really blow up, but it did end us up in the hospital for an emergency gall bladder… ectomy?  Anyway, it’s gone now and she has fully recovered.  But we still did a page and a video about it.

This week’s What’s On Your Easel Links:

Watch the full show on Ustream or in the embedded player:



Watch the 5 minute version on The YouTube, or in the embedded player below:


Daddy-Daughter Breakfast 25FEB2012

Daddy/Daughter Breakfast Sketches 25FEB2012

Wholly Crap did we have breakfast early that morning!  Girl2 had her first soccer game of the season at 9AM Saturday, and the fields are an hour away.  That means we had to go to breakfast and get back before 7am so we could get changed and leave by 7:45.  So at 6:15 we were standing outside of our usual breakfast cafe only to discover they had changed their hours.  Now they don’t open until 7.  UNHAPPY FACE!  Anyway, since we’re not cry babies, we walked back home and got in the truck in search of another cafe.  THEN, just as we were about to get to the soccer fields, a train STOPPED on the tracks in front of us!  Luckily we noticed it happening in time to turn a block away and circumvent that sucker.  We still made it to the game early enough for warm ups!  I know that’s not as exciting a story to the rest of you, but for us, it’s a pretty big accomplishment.

The Classroom 21FEB2012

composition rule breaking

This week I discuss the process I go through when planning a painting composition. I touch on the golden mean, then quickly reduced it to the rule of thirds. I talk about cropping out uneccesary stuff and then how to break the rules for emphasis.

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