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94 – The Perfect Palette

So much of oil painting is mixing. Accurately mixing color depends on seeing color accurately. We need the right surface to mix color on. We also need to have a surface that allows us to mix paint to the proper

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93 – Seeing Color to Mix Color

As a painter, one of the big challenges is to mix and paint color accurately. This can be a big challenge for the beginner for a number of reasons, not least of which is that our direct observation can sometimes

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Lesson 39 – Fiji Sunset Live Lesson

I just got back from my fabulous trip to Fiji and it was amazing. I have note painted palm trees so it was quite an interesting challenge to capture the foliage there. The landscape was so different than the north

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91-SHOW ME YOUR RED

Well, obviously! A world without red? Red sneakers, red house, red flowers, red stool. Anything I can get! This year, I painted my house red. It makes me feel good. For half a minute I thought about painting it grey

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90-POINTS TO REMEMBER ABOUT FOREGROUNDS

A frequent issue in many paintings is that most of the artist’s attention is on the focal area, but theforeground remains unresolved and the painting suffers for it. Just as often, the foreground can attracttoo much unwarranted attention by containing

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89-OVERLAPPING SHAPES

Helping to Create Depth   What do I want my viewer to feel and see when they “enter” my paintings? Usually, I’d like my viewers to linger comfortably in the space I’ve created. If there is a quality of ambiguity

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88-PUSHING AND PULLING

Whenever inspiration shows up, it’s a mixed blessing. For me it means that I’ve been called to express my manifest existence which is always daunting. It is a calling and a challenge. I can’t not do it or ignore it.

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87-SIMPLE SECRETS TO PAINTING

That’s a pretty misleading title or at the very least paradoxical. This happens to suit me fine as I see the world as most interesting, challenging and magical when we don’t try to capture it in any absolute terms. Painting

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