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The Right Surface

When I started painting many, many years ago in school, I was taught that there was really only one surface acceptable for fine art paintings: canvas stretched and primed with acrylic gesso. I’ve learned since there then are a whole lot of other options and so long as you approach the issue in a logical… Continue reading The Right Surface

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Ballerinas Day 3

I’m in search of a title for this painting and I’ve posted some of the progress photos on Facebook and I’ve gotten some interesting ideas. I just haven’t decided yet. My Daughter-in-law, who provided me with the reference photo, advised that the girls were in a Ballet called The Carnival of Animals and they were… Continue reading Ballerinas Day 3

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Ballerina's Day 2

As you saw from my last post, I spent the first day (well, actually the second if you give me a day to choose the reference photo and makes notes and sketches about any composition changes and enlarging the photo) transferring the photo with my notes to tracing paper. I also stained the canvas. In… Continue reading Ballerina's Day 2

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Building Suspense: Motivation to See it in Person

Most folks know I will be in a 2-artist show at the Stewart Gallery in Gloucester, VA opening on May 1, 2020. I have posted, so far, all of my paintings as they have been completed and in many cases included progress shots. But, after thinking about this and talking to other artists, I realized… Continue reading Building Suspense: Motivation to See it in Person

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Fast or Slow: It’s Relative

I visited my local Farmer’s Market a couple of weeks ago and ran into a number of folks who follow me on this blog, on Facebook, or Instagram and have been excited to see the Colonial Williamsburg Series continuing. I was gifted with a lot of positive feedback but one comment was repeated by a… Continue reading Fast or Slow: It’s Relative

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Stewart Gallery in May!

I was invited Thursday to participate in a two-person show at the Stewart Gallery in Gloucester, VA in May! I am deeply honored and very excited and scared to death all at the same time. The theme will be Colonial Williamsburg. My partner in this event will be announced at a future date, but if… Continue reading Stewart Gallery in May!