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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 […]

12 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

In “Portage Island Cliff Series No. 12” I tried to loosen up my technique a little more. I like realism, but I also like a more impressionistic feeling. Today I focused especially on keeping the background and the face of the cliff less detailed. Instead I worked with the interaction of the sanded paper and […]

11 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

After a long winter hiatus, I really enjoyed getting back to the easel today. To get warmed up, I painted a new version of my Portage Island Cliff series. I’d been studying the cliff out the window all winter and wanted to see what I’d learned. I set “Portage Island Cliff Series No. 11” on […]

10 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

In “Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series No. 10” I experimented again with a technique often used by Emily Carr. I wrote briefly about her in my previous blog entry. shadow outlines Carr often used a very dark, almost black, line to outline the shadow side of some of the shapes in her paintings. Other artists […]

8 & 9 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

It’s beginning to look like this Portage Island Cliff 6×6 series will only be about half done by the Labor Day Lummi Island Artists’ Studio Tour. I’ll have whatever is finished on display at my home, and I’ll complete the series before the mid-November Holiday Studio Tour. I hope you’ll stop by to see the […]