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Underpainting with Acrylic Paints for an Oil Pastel Painting


Several folks have asked about the technique I use to do a underpainting with acrylics for an oil pastel painting, here is my process. I don’t always use underpaintings with my paintings, but if I do here are some several reasons: … Continue reading

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Color and Light, A Guide for the Realist Painter – a book review


James Gurney the author, is also an accomplished artist, teacher and creator of “Dinotopia.”  This book is one of my all time favorites!  I have several good books that concentrate on color, all are second to the quality and comprehensive … Continue reading

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Pastel Pointers by Richard McKinley, a book review


Artist Richard McKinley is a fabulous (soft-dust pastel artist.  When I came across a book he had written I knew it would be a source that had to be checked out.  What intrigued me was a note on the outside … Continue reading

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Sunset, Fading Elegance


Second in my sunset series. This particular piece is all about capturing the quiet elegance of fading color as the sun slowly descends below the distance hills with its colorful beams of light streaming across the bay of still water. … Continue reading

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Painting Sunlight & Shadow with Pastels, a book review


For a long time I struggled with creating believable shadows and light using oil pastels (OPs), few credible resources exist for Op artists.  I wanted a source  with easy to understand explanations and demonstrations for painting sunlight and shadows.  I … Continue reading

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Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting, a book review


Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting, by John F. Carlson The best instructional book for landscape painting is John Carlson’s book, at least in my opinion.  It was originally written in 1929, with a revision in 1934 and later several reprints.  … Continue reading

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