Work in Progress…the Progress continues.


Work has continued on the portrait.  I’ve tried to balance the desire to focus on the faces of the subject with the need to keep the painting moving forward as one whole piece.  The environment is starting to come together which is always an exciting part of the process. I’ve spent a lot of time …
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Preparing to Paint


I think that it’s important for an artist to prepare there own canvas.  Most commercially produced canvases are cotton.  I don’t find cotton to be the best surface to paint on.  It can be effected by the weather, and is often very coarse.  Linen is my preferred surface.  I will be painting on a very fine quality linen for …
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Charcoal Compostion Study, the design takes shape.


After the design has been decided upon, a full size charcoal, or cartoon,  is produced.  This gives me a chance to really workout the composition on the actual scale and size that the final painting will be completed on.  The figure seen in the portrait are drawn at an approximate life size.  After the cartoon …
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The Gouache Study


  This is one of several studies that I completed for a recent portrait commission.  It was painted on white watercolor paper with a  limited pallet of gouache paint. What the heck is gouache? Gouache is similar to watercolor; both are water soluble in a gum arabic based. Gouache is different in that it is …
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