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Monday, September 26, 2011

varnishing day

Today in the studio, I applied varnish to several paintings which have dried completely - including this triptych.  The doors and windows are open, and the ventilator fan is running.  All is well.

Monday, September 19, 2011

blue abstract, 48"H x 36"W

Blue abstract, 48"H x 36"W

This is a large painting, exploring blue (in various hues). The overall effort is to create a transparent effect, where the viewer can see through, into the depths beyond.

  The foundation palette is umber/burnt sienna, applied in random strokes across the surface, in light and dark shades.  From there, it is a process of applying small bits of colors - all tinted with umber/burnt sienna.  There are many colors, but the emphasis is on blues: cobalt blue, cerulean, ultramarine, also warm and cool greens.

Monday, September 12, 2011

candle light painting

candle light painting

This is an unusual painting, done in the dark, with only the candle providing illumination.  A difficult task, but it creates a special mood.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Blue curtain, abstract (image)

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Blue curtain, abstract

This painting has an abstract "curtain" in blue, painted over a traditional landscape of northern California.  The blue curtain has vertical folds of color added, but the viewer can still see through the curtain, to the depths beyond.

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Green curtain, abstract

This painting is an abstract "curtain" painted over a traditional, realistic landscape (Yellowstone national park).  The green "curtain" has vertical folds in touches of bold color.