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North Bluff From a Study

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North Bluff. 9x12, oil on linen. 2016 In the early summer I worked on a series of sketches and studies, trying to complete one or two small paintings every day over the course of a month. In addition to using them as a learning exercise, my original goal was to eventually turn some of them into larg...

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Early Evening on the Cliffs

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Early Evening on the Cliffs. 9x12, oil on linen panel. 2016-2017 It was one of those weeks when I take two steps forward and one step back; this painting took more than three restarts before it began to emerge. It took me a long time to figure out that it was all about texture and small co...

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A Painting Taken Down from the Shelf

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Retired. 20x24, oil on linen. 2015-16 Finally! I managed to finish a painting that has been sitting around in my studio for ages. This was originally posted as a WIP here: http://www.portraitsbysimonbland.com/blog/post/retired-a-horse-at-little-fiddlers-green I started wok on this last summer. When ...

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Spring Gales

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Spring Gales. 9x12, oil on linen panel. 2016 Working outside this morning took more fortitude than usual: 30mph winds make for a challenging environment. I tied everything down and stood in the shelter of a sad-looking bush that grows at the end of the beach. Despite all that, it was enjoyable to ha...

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Cell Phone Waiting

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Cell Phone Waiting. 5x7, oil on linen panel. This was one of those little end-of-the-day sketches, the kind you do when the previous 5 hours in the studio haven't produced anything worthwhile. I based it on a photo I took at Dulles Airport one evening while waiting to pick up my wife. The ground was...

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