Author Archives: RedHeadArtist1011

I Miss my Set of Grays in Blue, Green, Violet and Rose

I’m still in South America. I brought two small sets of pastels that I could just leave here for my next trip. They were bits and pieces of my first sets. But I did not bring the Great American set of grays and I am really missing them. Unlike my studio in the states, I’m […]

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Using the “L” or Ell in Abstract Paintings

   Last week’s post on my binge drawing session, the “L” or Ell design  popped out in several sketches. Looking back I also see the radiating line design in many of the sketches. I’m not yet sure if its because I’m drawn to these or if it’s the environment I am in with all the […]

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After a Night of Binge: art on steroids

  Binge Drawing is like binge watching of a Netflix series, drinking, eating or whatever. . . . . My mental state usually makes me binge more than most people do, but I recently discovered “Binging Thumbnail Drawing.” It might actually be the first binging that is good for me. Guess the jury’s still out […]

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Street Art Movement Spawned by Murdered Artist

Boy’s Murder Sparks an Art Movement Open this link to the New York Magazine Travel Guide to see the story behind Bogota street art. See how Bogota went from killing a 16-year-old street artist in 2011 to becoming one of the top 10 cities in the world that now hosts events and celebrates its street […]

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Plan to do a Throw-away Painting

New Locations Require Different Thinking I’m a studio painter but I paint plein air with many different artists. When traveling to a new location for a paintout, many tell me to expect to throw away the first painting, or at least take the pressure off and consider going into the first painting that it likely […]

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Purple: my new favorite color

Color with A Great Range As I work with Purple, I’m finding it has such a great range of colors and has the ability for me to complement or support other colors in combination with it. Since purple is made of blue and red, for this painting, it was easy to go from the notan […]

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Composition is like learning to ride a bike

Composition Even in my Dreams! I woke up this morning at 3 am thinking of design and composition. For so many of my artists friends, composition is intuitive. For me and many other artist friends, it is not intuitive but instead is a learned skill. I remember my first bicycle. I was so excited. It […]

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Best little motivation idea EVER!

The credit for this goes to Austin Kleon author of “Steal Like an Artist” and “Show Your Work.” I’ve always been a list maker but I found them cumbersome and I’d not be consistent using they. Lists and this new method are very calming influences on my work life. The Accidental Discovery My wife often […]

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Family and Artist Trees: Benefits for Creatives

Developing an Artist Family Tree I discovered Another composition principle, By Hans Hoffman, that is based on color values. It came by surprise from studying what I call my hero Artist’s Family Tree relationships — who were the influences of the modern artists I call my heros? Growing up in a farming family: the family […]

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