Tag Archives: color

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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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 helps both all artist genres

Abstract and Representational art Composition Often are Related “Points of light #3” composition is another abstract drawing turned into a pastel abstract design. Derived from an abstract set of drawings, this work too began from the use of alternative rock music. Composition and design of this came from conscious and subconscious methods. Originally, three small […]

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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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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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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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Pastel Choices, Which to Buy? Not an easy thing

Anyone deciding to try their hand at pastel faces the same issue I did less than two years ago. After a lifetime of doing almost exclusively oil paintings, other than a high school trial of various mediums, I wanted to try pastel. All I can do is share my insights while my trial period is […]

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Picking a Color Palette Made Easy

Collecting Colors Often I look at thumbnail drawing and find myself puzzled at what color combinations to use. Or, worse yet, those I chose aren’t working. In a workshop with Kathy Newman and Elizabeth Wall of Chicago, I learned to collect colors in nature when I am out drawing. Both artists said that nature’s colors […]

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