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The Blacksmith Painting

I’ve been a very neglectful blogger. My apologies. I think I’m dealing with the February doldrums. For some reason I seem to struggle with motivation during the month of February. I have theories, but let’s just call it Seasonal Affect Disorder for it truly does seem to be an annual thing. If I were smart,… Continue reading The Blacksmith Painting

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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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Another from Colonial Williamsburg: Limited Reveal

I did finish another in the Colonial Williamsburg series and again, I’m just going to tease you with some progress photos and a close up or two. You’ll have to attend the show in May to see the full, finished painting. The photos above are my value block-ins. Below are close-ups of parts of the… Continue reading Another from Colonial Williamsburg: Limited Reveal

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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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One Veteran to Another

I got a bit off track with posting, but the painting continues in the Williamsburg series. So, in a nutshell, here are the progress shots (I didn’t take one every single day, but you can get the idea of the steps here: The photo I took from some distance away using a long lens of… Continue reading One Veteran to Another