1. Get the Paint Down. 2. Fix It.

When I’m teaching writing, I follow the two rules I learned from Miss Fidditch years ago:  1. Get the words down.  2. Fix them. As far as I’m concerned these are the only two rules for writers.  The “fixing” part is sometimes called editing and it comprises all the other “rules” we learned in school about grammar and spelling and syntax.  But the first, and … Continue reading 1. Get the Paint Down. 2. Fix It.

Following the Headlights

First Blush Acrylic, 16 x 20 on canvas In the gardening world, there’s a phenomenon known as “second flush.”  This has nothing to do with anything that happens in the bathroom, but involves a second round of blooms on flowers, shrubs and trees. I thought of this today as I considered the paintings that surround me and are encroaching farther and farther into the limited space … Continue reading Following the Headlights

The Right Color and the Almost Right Color

Mark Twain once wrote that the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. This week I had an artist’s equivalent dilemma. Working on a new painting, I had come to a place where much of it was pleasing to me, but for one remaining large section I knew just the color I wanted.  … Continue reading The Right Color and the Almost Right Color