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Simplifying – In Drawing & Painting Composition

Coming To Terms With Simplifying. Greetings!  I’m still thinking about this idea of simplifying.  In this article, I speculate about where the concept of simplifying fits in the composition lexicon …

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One Way To Simplify: Using Silhouette Shape Studies.

Simplify: To clarify; to make easier to understand. Just Thinking! Greetings!  I have been thinking about how to “simplify” lately and how the term applies to creating paintings.  You see, …

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Blogging and Painting: Day 23 Espresso Time-R V3, #30paintingsin30days

Blogging; it just occurred to me that this challenge has been almost as much about writing these blog post as it has been about painting.  That is, at least for me. Day 23:  “Espresso Timer-V3”. Greetings!  Welcome to day 23 of #30paintingsin30days.  And, for today, I present another version of “Espresso Time-R”.  This time, the […]

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Center Of Interest: Day 21 Cappuccino V9 #30paintingsin30days

Center of interest – that is the area that I would like you to look at in a drawing or painting.  Put another way, it attracts your attention. “Cappuccino V9”. Greetings!  And, here we are at day 21 of #30paintingsin30days!  Add to that the ninth cappuccino study!  Is it getting to feel routine to you? […]

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Alla Prima; Day 19, Cappuccino V8: #30paintingsin30days

Alla Prima, an Italian word which means getting a painting done in one session or before the painting dries. One Session Painting! Greetings!  Today’s painting was an exercise in “getting in done – now!” To explain, I usually work my paintings over multiple sessions.  In between, the painting is allowed to dry.  Furthermore, my mind […]

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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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