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I'm an artist and writer with a fizzy caffeine habit.
Interests: collage, theatre, creativity, rabbits, figure skating, drawing, baseball, vision, sf, bridge, mixed media sculpture, bronze, kaleidoscopes & other optical toys, enrichment teaching, flipbooks
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#eggtemperatweetup Hm, I can't figure out a better place to post this, so, here's something I haven't done before on Linda Teaches Art. I need some fun, so here's my plan: The Egg Tempera Tweet-up. On Thursday, April 12, 2012,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2012 at Linda teaches art
A student asked me, this week, if she could use a photo "from the internet" to make her drawing. Leaving aside the interesting questions of intellectual property, there are still some problems with that. Here's what I said. As for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at Linda teaches art
Overheard in a Big Art Gallery: "I guess I keep thinking that if I expose myself to enough art, I'll appreciate it." What does she think, that learning to appreciate art works like erosion? Stand under the waterfall and let... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2011 at Linda teaches art
So I went to see the Abstract Expressionist show from the Museum of Modern Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario this week. I caught myself staring intently at the brutally layered surface of Willem de Kooning's famous Woman 1... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at Linda teaches art
Here are the very basics of how to square up a picture in order to enlarge it and transfer it onto a panel, a canvas, a wall... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2011 at Linda teaches art
"Why do you have great ideas when you're in the shower? You're at ease. Your sense of judgment is quieted, you're making nonlinear connections, you're more likely to come up with great ideas. A shower is basically meditation for amateurs."... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at Linda teaches art
Huh. Thanks, "buy xanax online", for that constructive comment that actually demonstrates you've read the post.
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2010 on Mahl stick: Make it or Buy it? at Linda teaches art
A student made an appointment just to ask me how to get better at drawing. The answer is to make more drawings. The answer to every problem with a drawing is to make another drawing. Now, let's get a little... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2010 at Linda teaches art
"When you've got what you need, unload some." Mary Doria Russell I'm not sure when I've had a better Saturday morning. Today I pulled out the standing easels--mainstays of the teaching studio I closed a couple of years ago--and went... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2010 at Linda teaches art
So there was this farmer, see, and one day he finally hit it big in the lottery. Big money. Millions. Kind of money you dream about. The press arrives at his farm to get the daily feel-good story. First reporter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Linda teaches art
Know what I found out in grad school? Ideas are cheap. I come up with zillions of ideas every day. The tricky part is how I decide which ideas I'll work on. I figured out that what I usually did... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2010 at Linda teaches art
A woman watching me in the Tropenmuseum tried to strike up a conversation in Dutch about my drawing. We didn't understand one another well but she seemed to light up when I said, "This is my way of looking slowly." Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at Linda teaches art
These days I often teach in a conventional university classroom where some instructors feel besieged by student technology. That hasn't been my experience this year, and I recently published an essay, Six reasons I like laptops in the classroom, on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2010 at Linda teaches art
When theatre and art and studio and an interesting review come together, that's a good start to my week. So I'm thinking about Roberta Smith's New York Times review of a new play, Red, by John Logan, about painter Mark... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at Linda teaches art
I know a teenager with a whimsical habit of leaving surprises for her future self, such as deliberately tucking ten bucks in a jacket pocket. What an interesting relationship, to consciously be kind to yourself by investing today in things... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2010 at Linda teaches art
Dr. Olivieri ( is a medical researcher who, upon spotting evidence in an ongoing drug trial that there were dangerous side effects, stopped the trial and informed patients of the risk. That's the medically ethical thing to do but she... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Linda teaches art
I own a lovely laptop bag, the prize from a web site asking for women's 10 most memorable business moments. Here's the web site, here's the laptop bag , and here are the moments I shared from my years teaching... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at Linda teaches art
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Mar 15, 2010
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is restoring the Bedroom at Arles, and blogging the process: "The bedroom has been removed from its frame, and awaits me in the restoration studio. I am eager to get started on this restoration!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2010 at Linda teaches art
I have been fond, for many years, of quoting Quentin Crisp: "It's no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying "Really I was meant to be a ballet dancer." By that time, pigs will be your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2010 at Linda teaches art
No one who has been taken prisoner ever really comes out of his cell, he says. “But in a way, I’m grateful, because at the formative age of 20, you realise what losing liberty means. You take freedom for granted,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2010 at Linda teaches art
It's no surprise to my students that I'm a big fan of blind contour line drawing, both the practice and the product. Look! I found a kindred spirit, France Belleville of 'wagonized.' Drawing without ever looking at the paper is... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 1, 2010 at Linda teaches art
So that drawing about the David? I got all wrapped up in the rapturous gesture of Michelangelo's dying slave and never got to his David at all. Here's what it looked like just before I took it off the wall.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2010 at Linda teaches art
I'm working on some drawings that revolve around squaring up, and am, in parallel, utterly bewitched by some Michelangelo figures. So here's the painstaking groundwork for a big drawing where I've taken an image of the dying slave, converted to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2010 at Linda teaches art
Spanish proverb, or so I've read: "Life without a friend is like death without a witness." This drawing is based, uncharacteristically, on a photograph. But that photograph is one of a beloved digital collection I have, fascinating studies of dying... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at Linda teaches art