Category: Methodology

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Adaptation: Evolution Of A Creation

My recent painting, Crescent Path, is a case-in-point, that in the process of painting, one must be able to adjust and change to the ever developing image. The excitement for this piece began with the dynamic shape of a crescent, formed by the swooping path, evident from my angle-of-view to the scene. Close to completion I discovered an area that needed to be painted out and revised, i.e., I adapted to the composition […]

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Simplification: Boldness In Composition

Simplification is a consideration for the composition as a whole. The implied reality is more dynamic than rendering with much detail. It expresses boldness and power. The finished piece boasts of its visual strength with large shapes of color and fierce construction of form […]

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Strategies: The In’s And Out’s Of Painting

Charles LeClair…talks about the “strategies” that contemporary painters employ to create their work. Here the artist chooses how he will proceed based on the color strategies he decides to use. Maybe the path will become naturally straighter as I go, I don’t know; I guess I could decide to make it so at any time. But painting for me is a searching out and I’m not sure there has to be any goal other than expression for the moment […]

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Properties Of Colored Pigment: Value, Temperature, Intensity And Hue

There are four properties of colored pigment that the artist manipulates in order to produce a painting: value, temperature, intensity and hue. And each property is seen in relation to surrounding areas of color; this relationship is called simultaneous contrast. From a practical standpoint the artist should be cognizant of the relational property of color. Two ways to facilitate more accurate color mixing are […]

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Block Studies And Mud heads: Hawthorne, Hensche And The CSA

I’ve read the books illustrating the American Impressionist’s ideas and lessons in regards to capturing light, on canvas, with paint. Specifically Charles Hawthorne’s Hawthorne On Painting, and, John Robichaux’s (Henry) Hensche On Painting. The ideas here changed the way I paint […]

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The Process Screams: Work And Fulfillment

The artist’s mantra, still today, is “process”, though the definition has changed a bit. The doing of art–emersion in the process–is set high on a spiritual pedestal; it’s a pathway to God, a way of connecting to the soul or to the universe or what have you. I can’t dispute it, but I see a tendency to take something lauded from the past and imbue it with meaning beyond the original intent; it’s kind of like our elation when we see an old master’s painting that we had previously seen featured in books

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My Viewfinder

How to construct a very sturdy and field tested version of what can be a quite valuable painting accessory. It really is a very, very inexpensive and easy (if you can cut a mat) way to make a viewfinder, and one as good as any you can buy (in my humble opinion).

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*Original* Sin

Interesting what the writer, Stephen King, said, that “you learn to write from reading.” Seeing all the arts as parallel I’m reminded of Goldstein’s advise, to look at great works of art and to study nature (he also said to draw continuously). Many artists have espoused the importance of using nature as instructor […]