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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 […]

Making Paintings Work

I love the time of day when dusk envelops the world under the heavy forest canopy, but away from the trees the sky is still bright evening. I tried to capture that feeling in this painting titled “Evening”. The edge of the meadow in the upper part of the Curry Preserve is a perfect place […]

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. […]

My Pastel Painting Process

I thought it might be fun to post photos of the sequence of steps in my recent painting, “Portrait of a Heron.” This first two photos are the reference photo I took, and the same photo zoomed in and cropped. As you can see, I’m just going for shapes and a few details when I […]