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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 […]

5 – Portage Island Cliff 6×6 Series

In this painting, the challenge I set for myself was to render depth while using only two pastel sticks–black and white. All the shadings of gray were achieved by blending the two colors on the painting. blending pastel colors In pastel painting, I can’t really mix colors, but I can layer colors. Pastels are often […]

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 […]