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Setting up the New Studio

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I'm almost done moving in to the new studio in Ballard. This is a shot I took when I was halfway through. The studio has north light windows and I've put in some daylight LED bulbs above as work lights. I'm not sure their color rendering index is going to be great, but I think they will work when co...

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Blue Ridge Leader Article

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Earlier this month a nice article written by Andrea Gaines appeared in the Blue Ridge Leader (a local Loudoun County, VA newspaper). This is a link to the online version:http://brleader.com/?p=17075...

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Almost sold out at Waterford

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A great weekend at Waterford Fair with 9 paintings sold, including the paintings "Portrait of 798" and "Barnyard Dance".  Thanks to all the volunteers who made this such a great show and the patrons who came out to participate over the course of the weekend....

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The illusion of value in the shadows vs the lit areas

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In this famous illusion that I've taken from Wikipedia, the value (that is, the darkness) of area A is exactly the same as the value of area B.  This is really hard to see, even if you squint for all you're worth. Bear this in mind when painting lighter areas in the shadows - they are never as ...

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More Website Updates

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Well, a year kind of compressed into a day or two and I managed to get some of the CSS on the website straightened out.  Everything should work consistently across all browsers, except for the background gradient in the header section which can't be implemented in IE until version 10....

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