Van Gogh Painting With My Girl

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I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. – Vincent Van Gogh There’s no doubt about it: Out of all the master artists, I love Vincent Van Gogh the best.  His work has always resonated with me even long before I understood art theory and history. I’ve read books and watched documentaries all […]

Italy Instant Film Photography

Italy on Instax

I’ve been back from my Italy trip for almost 3 months now. I’ve been meaning to blog about it, but the whole project overwhelms me. So, I keep procrastinating. Well, it seems like procrastinating. In reality, I guess, I have been working on my Italy posts. I’ve put finishing touches in my travel sketchbook. I’ve been […]

Inspired Words No. 1: First Marks

Doodle Quotes No. 1

Over the last week, I’ve picked up my pen to start practicing doodling again. I’ve been sketching every day and painting regularly nowadays – but haven’t done much doodling. Since most of my sketching is done from life (only occasionally from photos) and my paintings are based on photos or from life – I don’t […]

Drawing Faces and Portraits

Santiago Cabrera's Aramis from the Musketeers

Faces and portraits are hard to do. At least, I find them so. But, sketching/drawing/painting faces is something that I have always been fascinated with, even though I have no aspirations to become a portrait artist. That’s why some time last year, I took on the 101 Faces project. The drawings and paintings I did […]

Life, Inspired

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After 15 years of blogging (fourteen here, at ShaiCoggins.com), you’d think I’d have it all figured out by now. Truth is: I can never keep this blog the same way as when I first started. Or, when I decided to change it the first time. Or the second. And so forth. How can I? I’m […]

8 Things For A Belated May Check-In

Autumn Day in Adelaide Suburbs - May 2014

When I’m having trouble getting back to blogging due to a long absence, I find that I can often ease back into it through lists. So, here’s my list of the moment. 1. May means a dry spell when it comes to personal projects and social media use. I haven’t been keeping up with Project Life, […]