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Gathering Evidence and Discovering Intention

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a good read. Pleased to have written this article on my precess and thinking and graciously asked by Skip Lawrence.

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It is always great news when one’s art is appreciated and loved.

I will miss this one.

24 x 36, watercolor and pastel.

hue, value + intensity

 

 

 

 

30 days. color. lessons learned. next.

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day 24: color_works

 

 

 

 

next, onto meaning.

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thinking in Color

noun: colour
  1. the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way the object reflects or emits light.
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This week has been ‘eye-opening’, for sure.  I have declared 2019 the’ year of color.’

Amazing lessons, workshops and simply working with color has been rewarding.

A new language: color with concept, approach and meaning.

 

Check back, as I am fulfilling 30 painting/ days of color. Join me?

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workshop: ‘what if’

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘what if’ and ‘then what’ were words in my head this past week at a Skip Lawrence workshop. We focused on shape, edges and color, texture; design elements, those I have been pursuing over and over in my own work and in teaching these many years.

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‘Nuance and Design’ were concepts mentioned continuously in Skip’s clever ways; usually with wonderful humor and generating so much laughter.

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And, of course, the infamous ‘mostly’, establishing dominance in a painting especially about in use of color, its strong emotive powers, creating connection, unity and variety.

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And, how to evaluate one’s own work?

Dominant: Mostly? Enough Contrast to make shapes read? Creative, thoughtful, individual Shapes? Color Variations? Consistency to one Concept? Whew.

A terrific week. Ready to head back to Studio and ready to share these amazing lessons with my students. Stay tuned.

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a lucky find, that (french) sketchbook.

So lucky to find this gem; a sketchbook handed to me by a wonderful antique store owner this past Spring in southern France. It is dated 1912 and I can not quite make out the signature.

Can you?

An amazing record of time and place, for sure. A souvenir I will hold deep in my heart.

Keep those sketchbooks filled with all the ‘evidence’ you can muster, each and everyday.french_sketch.jpgsk17

just getting started.

3 hours of work today, and I am just getting started.

I have had ‘snow’ on my mind lately, as the season is upon us. I am trying to find myself in the snow, an observer: sensing the sounds, the cold and beauty, (soon to be a participant on Christmas day!).

So, yes, these sketches are from my imagination; working with design elements of value, texture, line and composition. These studies have brought me to a next step; planning on some press studies and reaching toward a soft neutral pallet, Andrew Wyeth like.

Importantly, it took me to find dedicated time to work successfully. It does not happen on a whim; ‘it’s in the doing’ and comes about with hard work.

I look forward to the New Year; where my approach, will be as important as the doing.

Quiet, solitude, focus, awareness…authentic!

Happy New Year!

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