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Spending Time With a Painting

When an artist lives with a painting for awhile, the art will nearly always reveal its weaknesses. I recently announced I had finished a new painting, “Beach Enterprise”, and added it to my website, social media, email newsletter, etc. Afterward I left it sitting on the easel in my living room for about ten days […]

13 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

“Portage Island Cliff No. 13” was an exercise in color and shapes. I started with a medium gray sanded paper, just as I have with the last couple of paintings in this series. Overall, the gray neutralizes the color in the painting a bit, resulting in a softer, overcast look. shapes Using soft vine charcoal […]

4 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

In this painting I started experimenting with the underpainting. Since most of this painting is in shades of green, I used the complementary color–red. I chose four shades of a bluish pink and created this value study as an underpainting: The goal of using a complementary underpainting is to liven up the painting colors, since […]

Serendipity

Sometimes (usually–at least for me) the process of making art is hard work. Once in awhile, though, things come together with unusual ease. This was the case with my most recent painting “Echo Cove II”. First I’ll describe what goes into my typical painting process. Then I’ll explain how it happened with this particular painting. […]