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Oil Book 4 | Painting a Sunset at Sea

To blend, or not to blend? It's the question a lot of oil painters find themselves faced with at some point. Some people swear blending is amateurish and no one should ever do it. Others won't buy art that has too many harsh brushstrokes or lines in it. Is it better to do one or the other? Or are they both right at different times? Personally... I like to blend. I like my paintings to look somewhere between dreamy and real. But even then, hard lines have their place, and they can be useful for different things. In this video not only do I discuss blending, but also why your shadows don't look right, and I talk about the adjusted...

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Oil Book 3 | Painting Waves and Tips for Painting Water

I used to really dread painting water, but I had to get over that and gain some skill at it for a painting a while back. At first it really puzzled me. Water is a weird thing to imagine. We think it's clear and colorless, but every time we see it in the environment we think it's blue or green, or both, or brown if we're really unlucky. So it is clear, blue, green, brown, all of the above? Why do we think waves are white? Go ahead, imagine some water and paint it from memory. I'll wait. You'll probably come up with blue water and literally white white caps on the waves. Right? I kept painting it like that...

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Oil Book 2 | Painting Lily Pads

Somehow I have completely neglected the blog since March. I have been painting and filming a ton, so here's one of the things I forgot to post about here. I've been painting more sketches in my oil book - a cheap sketchbook that I bought for recording mixtures and color palettes. Gradually it's morphed into something more, a place for me to try new things and practice without the pressure of making it appealing or selling it when it's done. It's really freeing in a way, and some weeks when I'm really busy the only thing I get done art-wise is my oil book painting. Painting these lily pads really didn't go the way I intended it to, but it...

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Lavender Fields

Last week I started coming down with something (no, it's not the 'rona). I thought maybe it was just allergies at first, but by Saturday morning I was hopelessly sick and obviously needed to see a doctor. I had big plans this week. I had big plans last week, too, but 'rona don't care. I didn't manage to do much last week. I finished/touched up a couple paintings that needed it, and I started and then ruined an oil painting. I wanted to finish the Columbia painting, but my brain felt like pudding that someone tried to flambé. Today my brain feels like brain, slightly scorched still, but it brains. Before I left the studio for a week I did...

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Art in the Time of Coronavirus

Things are very strange right now. I suppose it goes without saying. To me things are mostly the same. I spend great swaths of time alone anyway, and have for most of my life. I grew up inside the Wenatchee National Forest in Washington, where there weren't a lot of year-round residents and not much to get out and see other than trees. But there is still a weird feeling in the air. I don't know if it's the feeling of unpredictability, or that everyone else is on edge, or what, exactly. I was frankly shocked when we went to the grocery store on Friday night. We will be eating some strange combinations of food this week since nearly all...

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