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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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Never say die

I wasn’t impressed when I went with the first iteration of lily pads in yellow. It really looked like there was no “there” there. I consoled myself by remembering that this is what often happens on the first pass, even … Continue reading

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Jumping ahead (no, not the horsey kind)

The title of this post just came to me out of nowhere, but I had to laugh because it reminded me of what my biggest fault was when I used to jump horses–it was called “jumping ahead” and it meant … Continue reading

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The school of unintended consequences

I don’t think I could ever get anything like this again, even if $1,000,000 depended on it. Let me list the ways this thing defied me: The paint colors (blue, magenta, yellow) did not mix in any manner that I … Continue reading

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Probably ripe (cranberry)

It was a long meditation to decide what color would work with that bit of muddy background that I started with. Below are photos from the beginning up till the one above. All that cranberry at first looked too brilliant … Continue reading

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