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Color Studies

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These are a few studies done in oil. They are not works of impressionism but are rather "color studies," a type of exercise which painters use both to plan compositions and, such as in this case, to exercise their capacity to capture the tonal key of a light setting by rendering the relative values of color in that setting.  Sandra Shaw, an artist whom I respect, states the purpose of color studies as such:  "A  b rief sketch quickly executed heightens the artist's awareness of what he is looking at, and motivates him to commit to canvas the essential elements of the subject. By executing many color studies from nature, the artist learns to grasp the essentials of a subject and establish them as the foundation of his work." (Link to Sandra Shaw's website)

New Portrait Website

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 I am now selling portraits at HandPaintedPortraits.com This is a new opportunity for me to make money selling paintings that are tailor made for the buyer. Please visit the new website and consider buying a custom portrait. 

Testimony, Painting Sessions

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  These are painting sessions for my current work, Testimony . I post these weekly on YouTube . Subscribe to my channel and you'll see them as they go up.  ________________ Testimony, Painting Session 3, Modeling the architecture of the scene using masking techniques and  linear perspective Session 4, Painting woodgrain Session 5, Using acrylic pouring techniques to create ambient textures Session 6, Modeling wood molding and plotting where the highlights go Session 7, Continuing the ambient texture of the wainscoting using both Scumbling  and   Glazing

Making a 2-Color Woodblock Print with Easy Registration

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  In the Water, Toward the Woods Woodblock print, 5" x 7" This is my first 2-color woodcut. I used a variation of a traditional Japanese registration system for lining up the multiple blocks required for a multi-colored print. 

Testimony, two painting sessions

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These are the first two paintings sessions of my new picture Testimony . I'm using matte acrylic on canvas.

Kate Jarvik Birch

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Kate Birch is a Utah based artist and fiction writer. I first encountered her on Instagram and was impressed by two words written beneath every post: "Daily Painting." In almost as many posts there is a third word: "SOLD." Kate produces a painting almost everyday. She has made a business of these paintings and I wanted to learn more. Andrew:  Finding the motivation to produce can be one of the biggest challenges for artists. You produce a painting a day. How did that begin and how do you stay motivated? Kate:  It started New Year’s Eve three or four years ago when I decided to write a poem everyday. I got to July and I wanted to quit with every ounce of my being. But I kept going and finished off the year. I realized there was something to creating constantly and putting it out in the world even if you don’t like it. You’re not going to love everything you produce but every once in while you’ll create something that you’re truly proud of. And I found that other peop

In the Water, Toward the Woods, Woodcut

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This is a two color woodblock print made with oil based inks. Woodblock prints are "relief prints," in that the nonprintable areas are carved away, leaving a low relief of the image left level with the original uncarved surface.  The inspiration for this image is Ichijo Narumi's postcard print designed in 1906. Narumi's print is a lithograph, not a woodcut. But the simplicity of the design and imaginative use of the limited palette is a model for any printmaker doing their first two color print.  Two color prints are made using two printing plates. I carved both into one block of pine, each registered at the top and right sides so that I could simply slip the paper into the pre-carved grooves and know that the second printing would line up with the first. The green block is printed first, the brown second. Because the brown ink is transparent, where it overlaps the green ink, it produces the darker color of the forest and signature, making this technically a 3 color p

Sun Earth Man, Wood Block Printing

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This is Sun Earth Man, a woodblock print. This video documents its creation This print is $29.50 to purchase. You can also become a Patreon Subscriber and receive a new handmade print in the mail every month. Please consider subscribing.