Working From Photos: New Paintings Summer 2021

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I initially wrote this blog post with the idea of providing an outline of how I use reference photos but after a few weeks of writing I gave up on the idea that it could be reduced to a simple formula. Instead, this blog shows some of my recent work—all painted from reference photos—with a description of how I tried to get beyond the photo in each case. Since every painting is different, every solution is unique....

A New Studio: Spring 2021

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My studio has been quiet since February, the main reason being that we're recently moved within Seattle, and I've spent most of my time packing up the studio, pitching as much unwanted stuff as possible and setting up the new place....

Three New Works: Winter 2021

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Here we are at the start of a new year and I thought I would post a few things that I've been working on recently. ...

Still Life Paintings: Late 2020

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In the past few years, I've found that still life painting offers both a welcome change from landscape and portrait paintings, and is a great way to practice techniques. ...

Recent Work: Fall 2020

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The pandemic has prevented me from getting out to paint this year and the only reference photos I've been able to take are of the skies seen from our deck. So in order to scratch that itch, I've taken to doing "virtual paint outs"—painting in the studio as if it was on location. ...

Recent Work: Summer 2020

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Here are some of the paintings I've done in the past two months. A much slower pace than usual, but these are not normal times....