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Three Studies of Underpainting Color Choices


There are a number of underpainting techniques that I enjoy using with my oil pastel paintings:  watercolor or soft pastel washes (washed with either water or alcohol), and gouache – acrylic – oil thinned paint.  Each offer a different result … Continue reading

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Does Your Art Speak to You?


I recently read an article in “Pastel Journal” about artist, Bobbie McKibbin and her process for painting landscapes using soft pastels.  One statement in the article really resonated with me, Bobbie said, “she’s doing all the talking at the beginning … 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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Seascape, Apollo Bay


I love painting the sea.  The only thing constant about seascapes is that it’s always changing from time of day, to the time of season, from gorgeous colors, to the speed of water coming on shore, the height and power … Continue reading

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Mist on the Moors


For a long time I’ve been attracted to unique atmospheres that photographers and painters capture when they work with marshes, wetlands and moors.  These special places are mysterious, sometimes quiet, can be dark, at times brimming with nature’s life, and … Continue reading

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Underpainting with Soft Pastel and an Alcohol Wash


Oil pastels (OPs) are my main painting medium, but there are times when I want to block in shapes and colors as a foundation to the painting before I start layering in OPs.  So I will do what’s called a … Continue reading

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