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Golden Hillside, oil pastel


After a weekend of working in the gardens and painting outdoor furniture I got a new perspective of a painting that I was struggling with last week and finished it this morning. Golden Hillside, an oil pastel (11×14) was painted on a gesso prepared … Continue reading

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Capturing Radiant Light & Color in oils and soft pastels, by Susan Sarback – a book review


Do you ever have a project that you just aren’t connecting with?  I’m feeling this with a new painting that I’ve been working on for the past several days, it’s just not working for me, so what better time than to do … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing, Waiting #1


It’s Thursday and finally we have rain here in North Texas, a real soaker – hope it puts a dent in our drought.  It’s also time for drawing and a new subject been selected! I’ve wanted to draw a landscape for a … Continue reading

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Personal 15 Day Challenge – Trees, compilation of paintings


Here is a compilation of all 15 paintings done for my personal tree challenge.  It was a great learning experience and will be useful in future paintings.  There’s a new challenge right around the corner .  .  . stay tuned. To see … Continue reading

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Blue Bowl and Pears, oil pastel


My latest oil pastel was submitted for the Wetcanvas Oil Pastel Monthly Challenge.  Using a reference image that was selected for members to use in this challenge, I couldn’t resist making the painting my own. Blue Bowl and Pears an oil pastel … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing – Classic


Confession, since last Thursday I have worked on the drawing.  Each time I walked past it another area called out to be worked, so one thing led to another and Classic was finished today. Almost the entire drawing was since Classic #7.  Here are a few … Continue reading

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Resting Boat, oil pastel


This month I’m hosting Wetcanvas’ Oil Pastel Monthly Challenge and one of the duties is to select reference images for the artists to use for their challenge painting.  Did I mention that Wetcanvas has a fantastic reference library?  It’s worth taking … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing, Classic #7


Thursday already, where does time go?  Had a good day of cleaning up some areas on Classic that needed to be addressed. My work on Classic lasted for about one hour, I know well over my 1/2 hour scheduled for working … Continue reading

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Blue Hills, oil pastel


I’ve wanted to paint with a limited palette for a while now, so I took an opportunity this week using the color blue as the dominant hue. Here is my latest oil pastel painting (8×10), Blue Hills, that was painted on a gray-blue tinted … Continue reading

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YouTube, Copyright and Piracy Concerns


I know some of you use YouTube to share videos of your work, perhaps you’ll be interested in a real life situation that Artist, Paul Taggart finds himself in with YouTube and how piracy has turned his world upside down. Paul … Continue reading

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