Monthly Archives: September 2018

Conte Art Drawings Require a Light Touch

x I love to draw. It’s so  relaxing. Whenever I get frustrated with my pastel, or oil painting, or I feel I am not progressing as I want, etc (whatever I’m whining about at the moment), I end up returning to drawing. While graphite and charcoal are my favorites, recently I have been experimenting with […]

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Landscape Composition: the Pyramid isn’t just for dead Pharaohs

An earlier post showed the notan pen&ink abstract sketch for this pastel painting. Earlier this week I did a watercolor 4×6 study for this painting. If you are not already doing thumbnails and small studies, consider it because it has really helped me, especially with this size painting, 16×20. Edgar Payne said the pyramid or […]

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Polyester isn’t Just for Making Bad Suits

If you are old enough, you’ll remember in the 1970s how polyester started replacing cotton clothing and men wore polyester suits with bell bottoms, or clothing that shined in the sun. As a result, polyester likely has a negative connotation for baby-boomers. Polyester clothing sometimes didn’t even photograph the same color that the eye saw. […]

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ARTISTS USE TOO FEW DESIGN TYPES

While studying Landscape composition books by Edgar Payne and John Carlson’s, I have noticed that way too many artists use way too few design techniques. I’ve gone through Plein Air Magazine back issues that featured experts on plein air and tons of them seem to repeat the same design element over and over. The S-curve […]

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Five Reasons why use your plein air easel in the studio

The Story Behind the Five Reasons A family friend asked me to help her buy a plein air easel so she could paint out while wintering in Florida. She only paints 1-2 times in the Pennsylvania summers but takes weekly classes with Robert Simone while being a snowbird. I helped her set it up three […]

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Part II: commission pricing

Commissions require more time I price my commissions double what I get for my landscapes because there is way more work involved. Unlike a landscape where I might do a thumbnail and start painting then and there; the commission usually requires larger drawings with more detail and color. You’ll likely be starting the work and […]

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