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A Bit Of Humor; Day 15 #30paintingsin30days Challenge. Ms LemonDrop Enjoys Espresso

Maybe a touch of gentle humor is just what’s needed. A Need For Humor. Greetings!  I’d like to share with you a some thoughts on humor, composition and Ms. LemonDrop. To explain, I seem to find a bit of humor irresistible from time to time.  In a way, I think this penchant for adding whimsical […]

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Heartened: WSO Spring Exhibition and Day 14 “The Heart Is Complicated”

Heartened, as in feeling encouraged, elated and (nearly always) cheerful. Happy Valentine’s Day! Good News. I am so pleased to say that my watercolor painting “Three Minute Egg V11” was juried in to the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) Spring Experimental Exhibition.  The Juror is Ms. Fran Larsen, an artist I have long admired. Its […]

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Artist’s Studies And Day 19 #StradaEasel January Challenge

Its About Doing Studies. What I’d like to do with today’s article is talk to you about why I do studies.  You might have noticed that I’m called my drawings and paintings for the Strada Easel challenge “studies”.  I’m doing that for a reason: I’m studying! With this article, I’ll also be current in posting […]

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Artist’s Studies And Day 19 #StradaEasel January Challenge

Its About Doing Studies. What I’d like to do with today’s article is talk to you about why I do studies.  You might have noticed that I’m called my drawings and paintings for the Strada Easel challenge “studies”.  I’m doing that for a reason: I’m studying! With this article, I’ll also be current in posting […]

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My Almost Annual Red And Green Complementary Color Essay

Red and Green Challenge. Every year about Christmas time, I want to write a blog posting about dealing with the complementary colors of red and green in paintings. You see, I find it a challenge to create a painting using red and green. If I’m not careful, the resulting image will look like it ought […]

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Seeing Design Features: The Painting of Regal Kitty

Greetings!  Meet Regal Kitty, and, if you’ve met her before, then how about a peek into her design? Purpose. The purpose of this article is to give you some insight into how I designed my painting Regal Kitty.  More specifically, I would like to share with you three composition features that I purposely included in this […]

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Seeing Design Features: The Painting of Regal Kitty

Greetings!  Meet Regal Kitty, and, if you’ve met her before, then how about a peek into her design? Purpose. The purpose of this article is to give you some insight into how I designed my painting Regal Kitty.  More specifically, I would like to share with you three composition features that I purposely included in this […]

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Tangents – What Are They and Why Care?

Off On A Tangent. Tangents – what are they and so what? Purpose.  My intention in writing this article is to explore and perhaps shed some light on how the word “tangent(s)” is used in drawing, illustrating, painting and photography.  I would like to share with you how this topic came up in conversation.  Then, […]

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Doing Color Studies

The Value of Color Studies. Greetings!  I am going to give you a short introduction about why I do color studies, then outline how I devised my own color study project.  Finally, I’ll share with you some of the lessons I learned by doing the studies. And, I might add, it is the “doing” that […]

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The Secret of Painting from Life

The Secret of Painting from Life If you want to see the world as spectacular as it is, take a walk in the forest with an artist. The painter’s eye is more sensitive and receives a vast amount more information than a normal person who is seeing the same view. When students first come to my classes, within weeks they report that they have never before seen the world “in color” as they are able to do now and that painting has opened their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. The first assignment for new students who come to…

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