Category Archives: Art Appreciation

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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The Zone System of values for artist

I am the proud owner of a book signed by Ansel Adams “The Range of Light”. It was the first or one of the first books using laser and digital technology to print images of art photography. I also have books from photographers Wayne Bullock and Others. What all these photographers have in common is […]

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The cross composition design: a flexible concept for artworks

This likely will not be the end of this painting. I must let it sit or hang on the wall in my studio and let it ferment — but for now it is done or very close to done. I really am excited about where this is going….. it is not ordinary or what others […]

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Rule of Thirds: well, let’s call it the suggestion of thirds

The Rule of Thirds is not a rule at all– at least not for me. Anytime someone says there’s a rule or absolute — RUN like hell the other direction.  Rules are made to be broken — at least that’s what we all have learned by now. As I’ve  said in earlier blog posts, I […]

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Great Reads For Artists

Austin Kleon has two great books that every artist working to build a career needs to read. The first is Steal Like and Artist. Kleon ‘busts’ any mythical idea artists might have, that what they do is really original. The premise is that as a society we learn by stealing from those that came before […]

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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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