Tag Archives: artist

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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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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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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What Art and Buddhism have in Common

   Serving the greater good is a basic principle of the Dharma or Buddhist philosophy.  It’s not unusual for many artists to feel that they are serving a greater good by helping others around them see world issues, or just to see elements of the world they might not otherwise see. Western artists often view art […]

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Vodka and News coming soon

    I soon will be publishing a a newsletter and updating my website. I have a wonderful graphic artist and photographer, Lynelle Mallady, working on some branding and an art critic and curator working on a biography that I will post here later this year. For those new to “branding” think McDonalds or Coke a […]

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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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