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Bubble Toes is the name of a Jack Johnson song, which flows and has a fun little rhythm. I named this painting after the song because I feel like they both have that in common. I used a analogous color palette, and a similarity of shape to create a feeling of unity. Blue can be […]

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Here is another watercolor I did recently. I was playing with abstraction. I love the way that watercolor gives interesting and unexpected results, like when areas of paint bleed into each other. I used a complimentary color scheme, and tried to have a unity of shape. One difference of watercolor from oil, is that the […]

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Have you ever been in a disagreement with someone, and it left you so frustrated and upset you couldn’t hardly see strait? It doesnt happen very often, but occasionally I feel that way.  One day when I was feeling this way, I went to my studio, got out my paints, and just let my frustrations […]

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As I have expressed before, I love water. I don’t know if that is because I grew up in a desert with a shortage of water, or what. Yesterday I hiked to a waterfall in the Blue Ridge mountains. It was fun following the stream. I especially liked seeing the trout dart under the rocks. […]

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I love storms. I am awed by nature and it’s beauty. Storms are so powerful, and are truly sublime. Yesterday, driving home from Georgia, I drove through a supercell thunderstorm. It stretched from Columbia, South Carolina, to Charlotte, North Carolina. The winds whipped my truck, and caused the trees to dance before it. Lightning spread […]

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First, let me give credit where it is due. Lynley started this painting. I moved it around, changed some things, and finished it. Therefore, it is by both of us. A duet, I guess. You know those days where everything goes wrong, when things feel quite bleak? Yet in spite of it all you push […]

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Life is interesting. One of the most fun and frustrating parts of life is the ever changing nature of it. Nothing stays the same. Everything we do has an effect on our future, so our lives are constantly shifting. Everything we do has a consequence, no matter how small. I have chosen to represent this […]

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Imagine the beauty of a classical symphony. Imagine the sweetness of an oatmeal raisin cookie. Imagine the awe of a sublime landscape. All of these have the element of harmony. Different parts work together to create a gorgeous whole. When I painted this painting, I was first trying to grasp working abstractly. I decided to […]

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Some of the most interesting art I make is when I paint over something that didn’t quite work out. This is an example of doing that. I had done a still life demo for a painting class.  It was of fruits and vegetables. It kind of worked, but not really. Later I decided the fruits […]

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I was teaching a Color and Design class at Miami University on a beautiful fall day in 2001. My advisor came in and stopped class. “Two Airplanes just flew into the World Trade Center,” he announced sadly. At first I just thought maybe it was a couple of small, Lear-type jets. Later at lunch I […]

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