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Setting Up for an Event

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This post is a regurgitated email that I sent to a friend yesterday. If you're thinking of starting to sell your artwork at events, I've tried to provide a list of the things you'll need. To start, here's my display set up (this is from an event I did in May 2014): You can see that I've been lucky ...

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Color Design Using a Sub Set of the Palette

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Color chart for secondary and tertiary mixtures of phthalo blue, alizarin permanent, cad orange, cad yellow medium Sometimes when preparing to start a painting I have to put more thought than usual into the selection of colors. I've just started a small figurative painting of a child ...

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Woodgrove Meadow

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The Shed at Woodgrove Meadow. 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2014. I started this painting on location and did most of the work there, but back in the studio I felt that the tree on the right was a problem. I reworked it a couple of times before I was happy with it.  The areas of bright color in the...

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A Landscape In Progress

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  I started this painting as a demo for a local high school class (I was just demonstrating the start process). After first working out the design of the painting on paper, I used a thin monochrome wash of yellowish raw umber mixed with a little liquin and applied the block in very quickly by ...

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Three Alternative Ways to Paint a Green Background

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In this blog post I present some options for handling the bright green backgrounds that often occur in reference photos of animals....

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