Process or Outcome?

As we move through various phases of our lives, it seems that we are always revisiting things we have learned but in a different context.  Focusing on ‘process’ over ‘outcome’ is one of those things for me.  Learning about Zentangle...

Expanding Horizons

One of my favourite ‘aha’ moments comes when a student starts the class by telling me they aren’t very good.  “Don’t expect much,” they might apologise with a self-deprecating laugh, “I can’t really draw.” But they’re willing to give it a...

Basic Black – the Highlights

There’s something intriguing about working on black tiles.  I think it’s the sense of working in reverse.  I’m old enough to remember photo negatives and what it looked like to see familiar faces and images with dark where light should be, and tangling on...

Summer is Coming!

It’s surprising how far ahead you have to plan to get your classes lined up.  I was working on my summer class schedule and that got me planning ahead for fall already.  Time flies! Before we talk about summer, I just want to remind you there are two...

Keep Making Art

I was going through my old tiles the other day, looking for examples of shading for an upcoming shading class and several old tiles caught my eye.  There was something about these tiles that called to be revisited, so I put them aside and began to play.  I...

Afraid to Shade?

“I love my tile the way it is – I’m afraid shading it will mess it up!” I’ve heard that comment often from my students.  While shading adds a whole new look to your tile, it is another area where uncertainty lies.  How will you know you like it better when...