Tag Archives: landscape

I Miss my Set of Grays in Blue, Green, Violet and Rose

I’m still in South America. I brought two small sets of pastels that I could just leave here for my next trip. They were bits and pieces of my first sets. But I did not bring the Great American set of grays and I am really missing them. Unlike my studio in the states, I’m […]

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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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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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The cross composition design: a flexible concept for artworks

This likely will not be the end of this painting. I must let it sit or hang on the wall in my studio and let it ferment — but for now it is done or very close to done. I really am excited about where this is going….. it is not ordinary or what others […]

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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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