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I really enjoyed this view looking toward the bridge past the gift shop. I think the vertical and horizontal lines of the composition make it really interesting, and the complimentary color scheme is fun.

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Light and shadow are important to creating contrast in a picture.  This painting is of morning.  As the sun shines on the grass, the grass appears light yellow green.  The shadow areas are blue green.  Shadows are a dark version of the color of the object they are on. Par Five is a painting looking […]

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Here is a photo from Apex Peakfest.  It was this last weekend, on May 3rd.  Lynley and I enjoy going and participating in Art Fairs.  It gives us an opportunity to spend the day together, and have another venue to sell my paintings and her jewlery.  I have gotten to the point where i feel […]

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I no longer purchase cards to send. Instead I paint my own. Here are a couple that I have painted to sell at a craft fair this weekend. The top is a misty winter landscape in appalachia. The bottom is an early snowy morning in the country. They were both painted using the wet into […]

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There are a number of different ways in which I come up with ideas for paintings. Sometimes I just start painting, and see what comes out. Other times I use one of my photographs for inspiration. Often I will base a painting off of a feeling. Every now and then I do a preliminary sketch. […]

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Sometimes it is hard to start a project. Sometimes it takes a catalyst. Here is an example of a painting with a catalyst. Lynley had been making some small paintings, but got disgusted, and threw them away. I fished them out of the trash, and painted over them, reacting  to what she had done. I […]

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Sometimes I paint something, and it doesn’t turn out nice. Thankfully, it is not a waste of paint. Oft times I will paint over it and have my painting turn out well. This is an example of a canvas that has 3 different things painted on it. I started out with a painting I don’t […]

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Georgia has lots of swamps and marshes. They are wild and beautiful. One of my favorite wetlands was at Ocmulgee Mounds National Monument. I used to hike there a lot. One Christmas I was doing small oil paintings as gifts for guests at my Christmas party. I painted this painting as one of the gifts. […]

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I know it has been a while since I did a post. We had a family crisis. This painting is called Copper Canyon. It started as a very abstract painting, but then as I began painting over it I saw the mountain appearing and it looked beautiful, so I went with it. This is a […]

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The quality of light on a landscape comes from a lot of different things. These include the angle of the sun, the humidity or lack thereof, the time of day, whether or not one is near water, etc. I chose to paint this picture of Greece because of the interesting quality of light. The sun […]

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