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The Grand View Ranch: Daily Painting and Observations

Painting by Stefan Baumann

The more you paint, the more mistakes you make, and the more mistakes, the more you learn how to avoid and correct those mistakes, creating more knowledge and fewer mistakes in the first place. Despite what you see in DVD’s and painting shows on TV, none of the artists have the ability to paint what they intend to paint without experimenting. In fact, the nature of painting is one of constantly correcting the stroke you just placed on the canvas by deciding what the next stroke will be. How you repair your mistakes becomes your technique and style, and this process takes making many mistakes, many HUGE MISTAKES.

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Making Earth Paints

Sifting dried clay mixing with walnut oil grinding with glass muller mortar and pestel pigments

Earth pigments & new discoveries

Now, that we’ve talked about how easy it is to eliminate toxic solvents and toxic pigments from your oil painting process (see earlier posts), it’s time to move deeper into making our own earth based paints. When I first started this project, I stated that I wanted to make paints with plants, mosses, seaweeds and […]

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