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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Painting a Day 1-2-2016

This is my second daily painting, using the same theme as the day before. I’m still not satisfied with the results, and if you look at the reference photo I’m using I think you’ll see why:

Plein Air Painting Adventure

People often have a romantic notion of what it is like to paint en plein air (outside on location). They imagine peaceful sunny days in beautiful settings, where the artist can spend a leisurely day enjoying Nature and creating art. Sometimes it can be like that, but the reality is often quite different. Creating this […]