Category Archives: Landscapes

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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Painting A Mulligan, a Do-over,

I am my only painting competition This is my do over, my mulligan pastel painting– see last week’s blog or the image below. Years ago I played golf with some business partners who were sports oriented. I like sports but couldn’t tell you who the top golfer, football or basketball players. When they convinced me […]

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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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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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Fuzzy Edges and the Group Mass Design

I stumbled across a thumbnail graphite notan as I was looking for something to do my daily painting exercise on a sanded 6×8. I loved the blurry edges that graphite notans gave me and I decided to try and capture the vagaries of those soft edges as I used my pastels. I first went to […]

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Bridge Over the River Eel

              Some rough sketches of a river bridge over the Eel River in Indiana. I keep returning to this subject. It’s lines are interesting and the subject matter is a challenge in small formats. I’m still wondering how this might be expressed in near abstract terms. I imagine my […]

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