Painting Tips

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....

An Easy Way to Rescue Failed Paintings

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One advantage of painting on panels is that you can occasionally salvage a painting by removing part of it with a saw. In this blog post I show some of the pieces I recently created by cropping down old paintings....

Three Lessons I Learned About Seascape Painting

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A look at some new seascape paintings and a brief discussion of some of the basic principles involved in creating them....

Extended Block-In Method for Landscape Paintings

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This article describes the way in which I've enhanced my block-in techniques to create a more fluid and abstract base for my landscape paintings. ...

Writing an Artist's Statement

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This article is about the what, why and how of writing an artist's statement. I show how a typical artist's statement can be improved by making it shorter and more specific to the artist....

How to Paint Green Landscapes

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In this blog post I show some ways to paint landscapes without using out-of-the-tube greens and some strategies for using greens more effectively. The suggestions I've provided can be applied to any style of painting. ...