Tag Archives: design

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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Composition is like learning to ride a bike

Composition Even in my Dreams! I woke up this morning at 3 am thinking of design and composition. For so many of my artists friends, composition is intuitive. For me and many other artist friends, it is not intuitive but instead is a learned skill. I remember my first bicycle. I was so excited. It […]

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I Suffer from a Mental Disorder — Anxiety

Okay. I’ve danced around this issue for about two weeks making references to stress, relief of  the anxiety I feel. Doctors diagnosed me with anxiety disorder in about 2014: classified a mental disorder– so I’m told. My generation hesitates reticently to disclose such things. But it’s a part of who I am and I discovered […]

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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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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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Counter Balance Steelyard Design Worked Best

This pastel started with a  series of graphite thumbnails.  I  picked a prepared 5×7 paper mounted on foam board that had been textured with clear gesso. I find it has a nice tooth and the places where brush strokes go different directions, where they cross, it leaves nice ridges that I can use to create […]

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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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