Category Archives: Color

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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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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Abstract Drawings into Paintings using music as inspiration

I alternate between representational and abstraction Not every drawing has to be recognizable. I love making marks to music and then see what kinds of abstract designs develop. This 5×7 came from a pen and ink abstract sketch made while listening to alternative rock music– my eyes closed. Abstract drawing helps relieve my anxiety too. […]

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Fuzzy Farm — let’s try this again….

The Story Behind the Creation I grew up in rural Indiana, farms are part of the landscape. The Fuzzy Farm came from a set of thumbnail sketches I did a while back after trying to figure out how to show a barn and its silo in a unique way. (this accidentally published 10/22 and had […]

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Big tree little tree

This composition is questionable. I’ve not decided if it works. Because where I live, the open fields often have just a couple of interesting trees in them or in a strait line of a fence. These against a wooded area become interesting isolated objects, but often difficult to capture. There’s some rule breaking going on […]

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Large Group Mass or Silhouette Design?

This pastel was the result of four thumbnails. My first thumbnail notan was the actual composition from the photo– each notan after that was a variation. The variations came by moving elements around, making darker values here and there. The goal was to try and figure out how to make the bright light coming between […]

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High key: learning to use half the tonal range

The decision to make this a high-key image came after the design drawings. The three attempts at thumbnails were to work out the design. None of the thumbnail sketches were high-key but all used a full range of tones from dark to light. The thumbnail sketch went through several incarnations. Going through my collected color […]

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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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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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