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Changes

“The whole must be greater than the sum of the parts”  -Herman Keys What do you do when you’re attached to a painting in progress, but know it’s got problems? Like having a bad friend or troubled child, you might be tempted to overlook the flaws, perhaps even feel a greater affection because of them. […]

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Making a Racket

The studio is getting noisy. Paintings lay on the floor, lean against walls, chattering to each other. And to me. Today’s chosen one, propped up on the bamboo chair/easel, holds court in the designated place of honor. Sketches, tacked up with painter’s tape and fluttering with the movement of the ceiling fan, lend voices to the choir. Or […]

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Permission

Without knowing the outcome, the painting begins. A general idea is helpful. In this case, I work from a drawing, an image too tall for a single piece of paper, so I used two. Greenery spirals upward amidst blocks of orange, blue gray, and what I’ve dubbed dirty white. With permission, my brush skates around the arena […]

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Going Through a Phase: a painting process

“A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle” -Robert Henri   Phase one: the honeymoon The blank canvas. Empty. Stark. Daunting. It’s got a bad reputation, but honestly, we’re good. I show it who’s boss with a single stroke of Egyptian violet. My brush sambas across the surface, loaded with loose and drippy paint, […]

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Searching for Subject Matter

“It’s not what you paint. It’s how you paint it.” -Helen Van Wyk There’s truth in that statement. Van Gogh transformed worn leather and scruffy boot laces into swirling masses of sensual paint, playful silhouettes backlit by a golden field. Pop artist, Wayne Thiebaud, chose pastry as his motif, laying down luscious impasto, thick as frosting. Mark Rothko gave us fields […]

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