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Working Dinghy Boat


Working Dinghy Boat an oil pastel (8×10) was painted on a gesso-prepared hardboard with a gray/white acrylic underpainting. Dinghy boats are always out and about along shorelines, in Maine particularly there are tons of these working boats, it’s how folks … Continue reading

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Celebrating My 3rd WordPress Anniversary


Amazing to think that three years have gone by since I started this blog and hope that several more are in me to least keep it going.  We all know how much energy and time it takes to maintain a … Continue reading

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Thursdays Drawing: Takakkaw Falls, #5


Thursdays drawing project is coming along – today was spent in starting the beginning development of the pine trees in the foreground, as well as .  .  . Takakkaw Falls is a graphite drawing (12×9) on Bristol Vellum paper using … Continue reading

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Apple Tree, oil pastel – a painting WIP diary


I thought you might enjoy seeing how Apple Tree was developed as an oil pastel painting. First, an underpainting was done using acrylic white and ultramarine paints.  Limiting to one color to concentrate on only forms and values of the … Continue reading

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Apple Tree, oil pastel


Talk about character  .   .   .  apple trees are loaded with them.  Each tree having branches  with large knobs and elbows – they are a fascinating fruit tree to see and the older the tree the more pronounced these characteristics … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing: Takakkaw Falls, #4


Today I spent a little more than an hour on the drawing.  The project is more complex than I originally thought and will take many hours to complete, which is okay it’s just that you’re going to see this scene … Continue reading

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Orchard Path, oil pastel


It’s my 40th high school reunion (can’t believe it, seems like we graduated only yesterday – too bad I won’t be able to join the celebration today).  In spirit of that special time and where we grew up, I’ve painted … Continue reading

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Thursdays Drawing: Takakkaw Falls, #3


Today I was able to spend a good two hours drawing and made nice progress on the big slabs of rocks of Takakkaw Falls ~ Takakkaw Falls, a graphite drawing (12×9) is being drawn on Bristol Vellum paper – using … Continue reading

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Past the Dune, oil pastel


All good things must come to an end, at least for this year ~ the last of the sand dune series.  I’ll bet you are ready to move on, me too and have several new subjects/paintings started ~ Past the … Continue reading

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Pea Island, oil pastel


“Pea Island is an island which is part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina” per Wikipedia ~ that’s the location of my latest oil pastel subject. Pea Island, an oil pastel (7×15) was painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel … Continue reading

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