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Watercolor & Ink Studies – Just For Fun

Introduction. Hi!  I’d like to simply share a couple of watercolor studies.   Why Do Studies. There are several reasons why I like doing these studies.  Here are a few reasons that come immediately to mind. Focus:  One has to pay attention when working with watercolor.  The paint moves and I like to take advantage […]

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Deliberate Practice Applied To Drawing Better

Purpose. This article is about practicing smarter using strategic, or deliberate practice, as it applies to the skill of realistic drawing. I will introduce the idea of deliberate (or strategic) practice then share my views on two articles on how to draw and sketch better.  The articles are from the website “Jen Reviews”. Clarifying Terms. […]

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October Art Show: Peggy’s People, Ponies and Kitties!

You Are Invited! Hi, its show time!  That is, I’m pleased to say that I am showing my several watercolor paintings at GoodBean Coffee Company in Jacksonville, OR during the month of October.  For those of you who are interested, GoodBean is located at 165 South Oregon St. in historic Jacksonville.  Let me say that […]

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From My Easel: Two “Man With Hat Series” Paintings

New Series. Hi!  I’d like to introduce my “Man With Hat” series. The Beginning. I started this series last spring as part of a demonstration for the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO).  Because my painting process takes awhile I didn’t finish the painting during the allotted time.  Instead, I worked on several versions in different […]

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Classically Trained Artist

What Is “Classically Trained”? Hi! I have been thinking about what makes an artist classically trained. Have you seen that term on a biography of an artist or musician? And, what does that mean? John Stermer, Classically Trained Artist What a funny question, don’t you think? To explain, I have been helping my sister prepare […]

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Sketches: Watercolor And iPad From Our Road Trip 2017

Travel Sketches Hi!  As promised, its time to post travel sketches from our July 2017 trips.   I have wanted to share with you my sketches from our recent trip down to New Mexico and back. As I look at my travel sketches, though, I see they are mainly filled with subjects like picnic tables, […]

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Open Studios: How Art is Made - Grants Pass

open studios how art is made grants pass 2017

Get inspired by 23 artists in 18 studio locations throughout Josephine County. Artist’s whose studios are located south of the Rogue River have their studios open on 9/23 & 9/24. The next weekend, 9/30 & 10/1, artists whose studios are north of the Rogue River have their studios open. Both days the studios are open 10 am – 5 pm. Tickets for the event are $20 per adult. The map of all the studio locations is the ticket. And for the first 150 tickets we have an Artist Guide Book, featuring photos of each artist’s work, and their artist statements. It is a 52 page, 6” x 9” book. Attendees can visit as many studios as they like, over the course of the 4 days. We also have a Preview Exhibition in the Grants Pass Museum of Art from 9/20 through 9/28. We have an artist opening (everyone is

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Still Life: “Coffee Cup With Rabbit Netsuke”

Still Life For Suzanne. Greetings!  I’d like to share with you my latest still life painting:  “Coffee Cup With Rabbit Netsuke”.    The setup is a sort of homage to my sister Suzanne.  She likes rabbits and she gave me the coffee cup.  Yellow and red are her favorite colors.  I don’t know about other […]

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Its That Darn Brand Thing Again! On Defining My Brand

Introduction: My Own Brand, or Modus Operandi Lately I’ve been thinking about “brand” as it relates to my own artistic style or modus operandi (MO).  Why do I avoid defining my brand?  Choices; there comes a time when we can’t do it all.  I have come to realize that if I don’t focus on a […]

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About An Artist’s Vision Plus New Three Minute Egg Paintings

Artist Vision:  How To See. Greetings!  I’d like to share with you two of my latests pieces in my “Three Minute Egg Series”.  Furthermore, I’d like to talk about how I come up with my artistic vision for a series, using my current paintings as an example. The Good Question. A friend and collector of […]

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