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Painting Tip #2: Simplify the Landscape

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This is an older plein air painting that I reworked in the studio. I simplified the composition and added a few sheep for added interest....

Painting Tip #1: A Simple Way to Improve a Sky Painting

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For an artist there is nothing better than having good paintings on hand, ready to sell. And turning an old painting into a better one will make you happier than finding money in an old coat pocket....

Rain Over Winslow

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Rain Over Winslow. 6x10, oil on linen panel. 2016. As the pile of sketches in my studio can attest, trying to paint the Puget Sound in winter is a recipe for failure. Studio or plein air, it's especially hard to do because there's so little to actually build a painting around. The only thing that br...

Embracing Tonal Impressionism

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In this blog post I discuss a painting done in a tonal impressionism style to see where it could be improved and compare it with a similar painting by Charles Warren Eaton. ...

A Light Display Over The Kitsap Peninsula

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  Dancing With the Light. 6x10, oil on linen panel. 2016 There is something particularly special about the light in winter in the Pacific Northwest. There are many days when the sky is completely overcast and the day is totally gray, yet sometimes the air is clear and the clouds race across th...

Painting Experiences Rather Than Things

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Impressions of the Sunset. 5x7, oil on linen panel. 2016 Despite the obvious challenges, I really enjoy painting from less-than-perfect references. Having to bring something extra to the easel makes the result feel more like a personal statement than a slavish copy of an image. Here, I filled in the...