The Avanti II  Studio Easel

The Avanti II Studio Easel

This is a review of the Martin Avanti II all metal double post H-frame studio easel, which is the easel that I am currently using to learn how to paint.

Why My Heroes are Important to Me

Why My Heroes are Important to Me

The concept of a “hero” comes from the ancient Greeks.   It was thought that when a mortal person did something far beyond what a average human could do, that the memory of their act would become an immortal impression on history after their death.   It was thought...
Art and Spirit

Art and Spirit

My mother died almost 4 months ago. Something strange happened today when I was deciding what subject I was going to choose to draw. I opened a drawer that had been closed prior to my mother’s death and removed a couple of sketches that she had completed –...
Sketch Art Marker Quality and Value

Sketch Art Marker Quality and Value

This week I learned a few things about art markers.  The art of putting value on sketches is a learned skill that is honed by practice, patience and persistence.  Color sketching is much akin to working with grilling cheeseburgers.   That is to say, as you grill...
Art is Life

Art is Life

This post is written in a style to avoid an overly ponderous post due to my mother’s recent death. I believe what I write – and even though I might be in a deep valley, I’m walking out by writing and creating art. Thanks! There are three artistic...
A Splash of Paint

A Splash of Paint

In the introduction video on my YouTube channel (jeffwspencer), I stated that my primary goal is to share adventures and life with family far removed by distance.  My tertiary purpose is to share the journey of learning to be a better artist as I learn how to smoosh...