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 …

Choosing A Concept And Getting Started

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A few weeks ago I decided to create a large abstract painting.  Last week, after experimenting with my paints on a four-foot-by-five-foot-wide canvas, I decided that “natural formations” will be the concept behind the painting.  With this concept in mind, I painted a few brown objects and a chain of redish-brown mountains similar in color to the mountains of Sedona, Arizona, across the bottom of the canvas. My …

Starting A New Abstract Painting

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A few weeks have passed since I completed my Hawaiian-themed painting and I am ready to start my next painting!   Although I don’t have a clear vision for this new painting, there are several things I have in mind.  Specifically, I plan to create bold contrast between lights and darks, use predominantly brown and neutral colors, and create large …

My Daughter Paints A Coconut!

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My last blog post discusses how I made my painting’s Heliconia flower more visually interesting by using different shades (also called values) of the colors red and yellow.  This post features my seven-year-old daughter, Lianna, who shows how you can employ this same technique for your own paintings. Lianna’s coconut demonstration is shown below. Draw A Coconut If you can draw a circle then …

That’s A Wrap!

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This blog post is the final episode of my five-month-long blog series about my Hawaiian-themed painting.  That’s because I am finished with my painting!     After my previous blog post, I added two red ginger flowers to the painting’s lower left area and “finished” the large yellowish-white flower in the middle of the painting.      My signed painting, …

Heliconia

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My last blog post shows how I extended the guitar’s neck across the top-right side of my painting.  This post discusses why I added Heliconia (also referred to as “lobster claws” and “parrot flowers”) to further improve my painting’s right side.  As shown below, even after the addition of a guitar neck, my painting’s right side needed more interesting shapes and brighter colors. …

Problems With My Right Side

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My last blog post reveals how one of Henri Matisse’s paintings inspired the green tropical leaf I added to the bottom of my painting, shown below.  This post discusses how I dealt with the right side of my painting which needed some artistic attention. The right one-third of this painting not only lacked interesting shapes, patterns, and negative spaces as compared …

Oh Dear, What Have I Done?!!!

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Just as I had turned a positive corner with my painting, I made a mistake so bad that I needed Aniko, my art teacher, to come to my house to save it from ruin.  Fortunately, not only did Aniko help me solve the problem, but she taught me a lesson about color value which I found so interesting and important that I decided to dedicate this blog post …