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Surgery rescheduled

June 10, 2017

My surgery has been rescheduled for Monday, June 19th. Thanks so much for all the well-wishes.

Down Time

June 4, 2017

As if this blog isn’t already a bit hit and miss, I think we’re looking at a bit more down time. I’ve got some medical appointments over the next few days, and then on Friday (June 9) I will have open heart surgery to repair a faulty mitral valve. I’ve cut boards and set up paint so I’ll be ready to get back to it, but I have no idea what kind of down time to really expect. At the moment, I have a desire to do some serious landscape painting, primarily in acrylics, but I foresee some studies in gouache as well.  I expect I’ll work up some sketches and studies for potential paintings.  I’ll be anxious to get started again when the time comes. Meanwhile, here’s something new.

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The Storehouse, 11×14, Acrylic

Blues Rock, a gouache painting

April 25, 2017
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Blues Rock, 8×10, Gouache

Like a lot of artists, when I don’t paint for a while, I get a bit rusty. I’ve focused on drawing and sketching a lot lately, and was beginning to feel out of touch with the paint and brushes. This is the second painting I’ve done in the past few days (the first one wasn’t bad, but we’ll call it a warmup).

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I took my time with this one. As most of you know by now, my “studio” space is tiny. My easel stays broken down and tucked away when I’m not painting. I decided to leave it stored and paint the way I did in the very beginning, with the board lying almost flat on my workspace table top. It was actually kind of a relaxed way of working. The palette for this painting included Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Red, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Medium, Hansa Yellow Light, Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna. As always, the greens were a challenge.

For more about how I paint and what I’ve learned while working with gouache, you might be interested in my book Painting The Wold My Way ~ The Gouache Book. You can see a preview and order the book at:

http://www.blurb.com/b/7779195-painting-the-world-my-way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Watercolor & Gouache

April 18, 2017

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This is a sketchbook piece, done from imagination and a bit of memory. While exploring in Maine a few years ago, we spotted an interesting building that, as I recall, had a sign out front indicating it was – or had been – a library. I did some sketches later from photographs. I was doing some sketching the other day, and remembered this place. Rather than look up the image in my files, I decided to just conjure it up out of my head.

You can see the pencil sketch under the watercolor washes. I used gouache for the sky, mixing up a combination of ultramarine blue, burnt umber and white, and applying it a bit more opaquely. This is fun stuff.

You’ll find more ideas and inspiration for your own experiments in my book Painting The World My Way ~ The Gouache Book. It can be ordered at:

http://www.blurb.com/books/7779195-painting-the-world-my-way

Palette Knife Gouache

March 19, 2017

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I don’t use a palette knife very often with gouache, but it can produce some nice results. It works well for skies, especially, using gray and blue mixtures and touches of pure white.  Grassy fields are fun as well, using a variety of yellows, golds, ochres and greens.

Little Gouache Sketches

March 13, 2017

I’ve been spending some time the last few days just playing around with small gouache sketches. These are 4″x 6″ sketchbook studies.

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These are both from photos taken in Ohio.

 

Influences & Inspiration ~ Dean Mitchell

March 9, 2017

Sometimes an artist comes along that deals with the subjects you love, and does it in a way that makes you think maybe getting that novel published would have been easier than trying to be an artist. Although Dean Mitchell has been producing his beautiful watercolors for a long time, his work is a fairly recent discovery for me. He doesn’t just paint beautifully, his compositions are masterful and his subjects touch you emotionally. His paintings are a reminder that, aside from knowledge and skill, the glue that holds it all together and makes it work is creativity.

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Watercolor, Dean Mitchell, title and size unknown