There’s More to This Painting Than A Landscape

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Several months ago I started a four-foot-by-five-foot-wide landscape painting that is loosely based on Georgia O’keeffe’s New Mexico landscapes. Here it is shown below, titled, “Natural Formations” because that was the concept behind the painting. Signed and ready to be shipped to my cousin Robert! Robert and I have a strong family bond rich with history. Even our parents were extremely close. For …

An Apple A Day…

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My new Cezanne inspired still life painting has been much more difficult than I had thought it would be for several reasons.  First, it takes a trained eye to see the light and dark colors and the various shades in between.  Second, my real apples are not only green and red in color, but also brown, brown-black, brown-red, greenish-brown, yellow-green, …

Starting A Cezanne Inspired Still Life

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I am four weeks into my still life painting class and have several more weeks to go.  I had developed a painting in class and was planning on completing it.  However, my friend insisted that I stop working on it because he loved it the way it was.  I signed and shipped the painting to him and, therefore, I had to start a new still life …

Maybe Not So Close To The End

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I stated in my last blog post that I saw the finish line approaching for my painting.  Since then, I showed my art teacher a pic of my painting and she said that the lower half of my painting is looking good, but that the upper half needed more work.  Therefore, it is fair to say that what I said …

Getting Closer To The End

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This week I worked on the mountain chain across the top of my painting and the background area above it.  The mountain on the upper left side of my painting didn’t look believable to me, and that’s why I decided to re-paint it.  I made several other changes to the areas to its right.  Finally, after painting the background several times, I …

Good Times

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Ever since my art teacher Aniko provided me a two-hour tutoring lesson I have made significant progress on my painting.      Since then, I decided to make a chain of mountains across the top of the canvas.  I also added two mountains with ridges going downward toward the center of the canvas.  The color of the mountains are a combination of burnt …

Moving Forward

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My last blog post discussed why I had so much trouble painting a mountain and why I sketched part of a Georgia O’keeffe painting at the suggestion of my art teacher.  The sketching exercise was helpful, but it was not enough to help me overcome my artistic travails.  Try after try after try and my mountain still needed work.     …

Trouble On The Mountain

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My last blog post discussed why I created a new sketch of my composition and a color value scale. Both measures I thought would help me execute the painting effortlessly.  I was dead wrong.   Since that blog post, I have spent more than two weeks painting and repainting one mountain on my canvas, all to no avail.  I am literally back …

A Couple Tools I Hope Will Help!

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Two weeks have past since my last blog post and I have not made much progress on my painting because of some issues with my composition.  I’ll spare the specifics but simply say that if I had tried to continue painting my canvas without a stronger composition and clearer idea about my colors and shading, things would not have gone well.  Actually, things would have been …

Drawing A New Composition

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As discussed in my last blog post, I worked on the chain of mountains across the bottom of my canvas.  Now I have four mountains, a strange brown blob-like thing in the center, and two reddish objects at each end of the brown blob, as shown below. This morning I decided to draw a composition on paper before continuing to …