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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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Painting A Mulligan, a Do-over,

I am my only competition This is my do over, my mulligan pastel — see last weeks 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 to […]

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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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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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