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The Long View, acrylic painting


The study today was about building distant cloud structures with acrylic paints.  I found a great reference photograph with storm clouds for lots of drama, along with a fantastic long beach that was the distance I was looking to demonstrate. … Continue reading

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Acrylic Painting – Ocean Study 4: A Study based on Winslow Homer’s Weatherbeaten


Winslow Homer, an American artist, loved Maine and many of his paintings originated along the coast   A favorite spot of his was Prouts Neck, a southern peninsula along the coast of Scarborough, Maine – this a place that I’m … Continue reading

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Thursdays Drawing: Takakkaw Falls, a Pictorial of the Drawing


Today is a day of rest from drawing.  At the end of a drawing project I usually post a pictorial of the drawing process so you can see how the scene developed through the stages of drawing. Here is Takakkaw … Continue reading

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Acrylic Paintings: Ocean Studies 1, 2 and 3


Experimenting has never been more fun ~ this past weekend I decided to set aside oil pastels and try my hand at painting ocean scenes using acrylic paints.  These scenes are studies that I plan to paint each week as … Continue reading

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Thursdays Drawing: Takakkaw Falls, final


Today was the final workout for Takakkaw Falls and I’m happy to say that the drawing has been completed ~ Takakkaw Falls, a graphite drawing (12×9) was done on Bristol Vellum paper using two graphite pencils 2H and HB, for … Continue reading

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Hillside Fiddling, oil pastel


It’s been a busy around here I apologize for not visiting everyone’s blogs, but throughout this afternoon I will do my best. Hillside Fiddling, an oil pastel (9×12) was painted on heavy card stock paper.  What started as a quiet … Continue reading

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Sunlit Forest, oil pastel


Have you ever seen a forest where you can see through the trees a sunlit portion?  For me, I’ve always wondered how can one small area be so beautiful.  Where the sun shines so bright the strong rays highlight the … Continue reading

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Thursdays Drawing: Takakkaw Falls, #7


Today most of my drawing time was spent on developing the trees in the lower portion of the drawing ~ ah the drawing is getting very close to being completed. Takakkaw Falls, #7 is a graphite drawing (12×9) on Bristol … Continue reading

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Garden Rose, oil pastel


North Texas gardeners have lost countless rose bushes to a killer disease called Rosette.  Have you heard of it?  There is no known cure and there’s no rose-bush to date that’s resistant to the disease.  Well wouldn’t you know it, … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing: Takakkaw Falls, #6


Work continues on Takakkaw Falls for Thursday’s Drawing project ~ Takakkaw Falls, graphite drawing (12×9) is being drawn on Bristol Vellum paper with 2H and HB pencils, using a kneaded eraser and tortilum for blending.  Today’s work was spent mainly … Continue reading

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