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Where Did that Come From?

“Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself.  The anticipation of discovering new possibilities becomes my greatest joy.”      Jerry Uelsmann   Your supplies are ready, you are excited to have time to paint. The hours pass, and you come out of the creative zone, look at your work, and ask yourself; where did that…

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More on Simultaneous Contrast

Simultaneous contrast is not just a curious optical phenomenon; it is the very heart of painting.”                               Josef Albers (German artist/educator; 1888-1976) Last week I wrote about how everything in a painting is inter-connected, and introduced the term “simultaneous contrast”. Everything in our…

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“Imitation is not inspiration, and inspiration can only give birth to a work of art.  The least of man’s original emanations is better than the best of borrowed thoughts.”                                              Albert Pinkham Ryder A…

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Your Purpose for Painting

  “The work of a man is the explanation of the man.”                                                 Paul Gauguin I have written many times about having an “Artist Statement”, which tells people what motivates you, the artist, to paint.  For emerging artists, this is “good food for thought”, and an excellent exercise to undertake.  It helps you zero in on…

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