Adventures in drawing

Adventures in drawing

Straight lines and angles Using straight lines and angles helps the artist to create a strong, energetic framework for any work of art (drawing or painting) whether its a simple still life or something as complex as the human figure. Drawing is something we all probably have done – especially as little kids. In this […]

What is Your Strategy

What is Your Strategy

As a realist artist whose goal is to create realistic, beautiful paintings, “What is your Strategy” is a vital and relevant question. I was surprised when one of my teachers first asked me this question. Why? Er because I tend to not be strategic and typically pick up my brush and just start painting. This […]

10 Tips to Build a Website

10 Tips to Build a Website

Greetings from web designer transitioning to full-time artist, Julie Dyer Holmes. If you are creative person/artist getting started with building an online presence, you may be wondering how to build an inexpensive website. Here are some tools and tips you can use to get your online presence up and running for less than $30. Tip […]

Tis the Season – 5 unique gift ideas

Tis the Season – 5 unique gift ideas

If you’ve waited till the last minute to shop for goodies this Holiday Season and you live in or near Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill, NC and you love buying one of a kind, creative and thoughtful gifts, search no more! Here are 5 suggestions with special *notations* if the recommendation also happens to be […]

Learning to keep it simple

Learning to  keep it simple

As an aspiring figure painter and student at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA for the past year and 1/2, I have probably sketched and painted the beautiful human figure hundreds if not thousands of times. During my first year of school, I was working in charcoal 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. This […]

Color: A New View

Color: A New View

My second year of school at Studio Incamminati has been filled with so many new changes and delightful experiences including color! I felt as if last year, which was my first, was an endurance test where I was challenged at every turn to create charcoal drawings as realistically as possible using the least amount of […]

Endurance training: an art school requirement

Endurance training: an art school requirement

Hellooooo from Philadelphia! As I pass the 1/2 way mark of my first semester of art school at Studio Incamminati in downtown Philadelphia, PA, I am reminded of…well… endurance training for the Bizz Johnson Trail marathon race I ran and finished in 2007. In the photo I’m at the finish line (on the left) with […]

Building a new foundation as an artist

Building a new foundation as an artist

Hello again from Philadelphia where there seems to be rebuilding going on everywhere. The building behind our apartment building was demolished a few weeks ago. Now the focus is on the ground and excavating, leveling and preparing the soil for the new building. As a student and artist, I am learning new fundamentals and preparing […]

Feeling flayed…and that’s okay

Feeling flayed…and that’s okay

Greetings from Philadelphia where there have been ground-shaking changes all around me. Over the weekend, my 5-story apartment building shook as another, smaller building (pictured here in this paragraph) behind mine was demolished and bulldozed to the ground. Similarly, my perception of my ability to draw accurately is getting a bit of a bulldozing as […]