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Working on Cernuna (again)

You can read more about this and see a short (13 second) video on my Patreon Blog here: click here Last year I painted the underpainting for this piece, but then I was interrupted by the RV remodeling project, which turned into remodeling and selling mine and my grandmother's houses and buying our new house. Sometimes old paintings are hard to pick back up because they literally won't take paint. This one was like that - the oils had dried and were repellent, but with a little work she is finally taking on some color. Later this month I'll share a short video tutorial for everyone in the $10+ tier about how to fix a painting so it will take...

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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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New Vlog: Why I Love Technology in the Art Studio

Sometimes other artists tell me they miss the "good old days," but I love living in the modern era of having the entire process inside my studio. I can finish a painting, photograph or scan it, and begin printing it from the same office chair all in the same day. How can you beat that? Frankly, you just can't.

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