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Beauty, Silence and Prayer

Today I revisited the Richard Serra sculpture, “Sequence” at the Cantor Museum on the Stanford Campus. It is a monumental, awe-inspiring work made of ship steel plates that twist and curve to form elegant and stunning spaces. At every turn … Continue reading

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Nothin’ Like Shoppin’

Don’tcha just love getting new art catalogues in the mail? Good solid lunch time reading.  This whole blog is going to sound like a plug for Jerry’s Artarama so forgive me, it’s just that they have some really exciting new … Continue reading

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The Dance of Avoidance

They say the true artist has to create. The artist has no choice. Artists speak of being virtually driven to the studio. One, or two days away from their artistic endeavors and by the third day they are almost mad. … Continue reading

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Working with Photographs

Five Elements to Consider When Selecting a Reference Photograph for Figurative Work A photograph should be considered a “jumping off point” to create your own image. Many artists work from photos collected over the years. Sources can include our own … Continue reading

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Paint What You See And Not What You Know Part I

For those of us working in two dimensions beginning artists are, typically, interested in realism; not always, but often.  (Abstract artists, bare with me.) Typically, most art classes for beginners teach painting by using still lives to “copy.”  There is … Continue reading

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Workshop Daze or How Three Days of Intensive Painting Can Really Make a Difference

I just completed teaching a three-day painting workshop with my good friend, fabulous painter, and wonderful teacher, William Rushton. The focus of the class was “The Figure in the Landscape,” which included a model in outdoor settings. So the students … Continue reading

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