Tag Archives: artist challenges

Sunshine to the rescue

It’s been cold and snowy, wet, dreary–way too long here in Michigan. I’ve had drawings completed and canvases stretched for the next three Sky Pads paintings prepared and waiting for weeks now because I need warm sunshine to get the … Continue reading

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What’s your favorite light flavor?

Okay, so I wasn’t totally happy with the color scheme of Sky Pads 31, but I didn’t want to paint over it. So I didn’t. The photo in the original post was taken in a “daylight” setting, which brightened everything … Continue reading

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A horse got me moving again

I think I fell victim to “Covid coma” without even having the disease. My “blogging coma” lasted a couple of months, meaning I didn’t do any painting at all since early September. I’m pretty sure part of the lethargy was … Continue reading

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This was one for the long haul

Sky Pads 29 required an inordinate amount of rumination. Each time I would complete a section I had to think about how the next was going to go. It all looks harmonious, but this one was tricky because of the … Continue reading

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29 is 27 on steroids…

  And below, here’s what 27 looks like, just in case you’re new to my blog, or, God forbid, have already forgotten what you saw a couple of months ago😂.   As you can see from 29’s lonely white lines … Continue reading

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Rooting around in an artist’s brain

I think I started this painting (Sky Pads 28) a little over a month ago. It should have been finished a couple of weeks ago but it insisted on raising issues I had no immediate answer for. So I did … Continue reading

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Climbing the hill

This one is testing my confidence a bit. As we make our way together towards the upper right hand corner I keep wondering why the paint is not applying itself as smoothly as it usually does (yeah, show me paint … Continue reading

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A mind of its own

If you have read this blog with any kind of frequency I’m sure you’ve seen me state more than once that I never know how a painting is going to turn out while I’m working on it. Well, this one … Continue reading

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Oh Happy Day!

It finally got up to 75°F (24°C) today which is about the coolest temp I dare to pour my paint backgrounds for Sky Pads (this one is #28). The cooler it gets, the less the paint wants to separate out … Continue reading

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Light in the darkness

One of the things I had to reverse for Sky Pads 27 was my drawing. Since the background was so dark, I would never be able to see a projection of black drawing lines on it. So I flipped the … Continue reading

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