Different Strokes: Shapes

Picking out the shapes in the chaos of drips, drops and texture is the real challenge. At this point, one allows the photo reference to slide into a vague memory as one is more and more involved with the selection of size, value and placement. The notan study done previously becomes essential. Nature does not […]

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Different Strokes: Drippy Drops

Drippy drops make up the third stage of my process. Once my awesome surfaces are dry I choose several spice bottles in which to combine stronger grays. Drops are runny grays Three of my favorite mixes are dioxazine purple DP and phthalocyanine green (yellow shade) PGY, phthalocyanine blue (red shade) PBR and quinacridone burnt orange […]

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One: True Theology

“In the early Church, there was a clear understanding that we needed to advance from the self-understanding or self-contemplation that taught us to discipline our greedy instincts and cravings to the “natural contemplation” that perceived and venerated the wisdom of God in the order of the world and allowed us to see created reality for […]

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Different Strokes: Layers

A few weeks ago, molding paste took the centre stage as I discussed the beginnings of my process. The molding paste is now dry. Proceeding into the next step we prepare by playing with colour mixing. Do it yourself Colour mixing is endlessly fascinating. Although it takes time to explore, the nuances of making my […]

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One: Reason

The hiding place “Matter is, and has always been, the hiding place for Spirit, forever offering itself to be discovered anew. Perhaps this is exactly what Jesus means when he says, “I am the gate” (John 10:7). Francis and his female companion, Clare, …somehow knew that the beyond was not really beyond, but in the […]

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Different Strokes: Outside

En plein air or painting outside, requires simplification of shape, colour and tonalities.  Spontaneous, on the spot drawing and painting improves eye-hand coordination, memory and accuracy of proportion. Sounds simple, and it is. However, simple does not translate as easy. Rust sets in Unfortunately life drawing and en plein air have both taken a hiatus […]

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One: Death

“The diamond of love will always be stronger than death. Diamonds, once soft black carbon, become beautiful and radiant white lightning under pressure.” Richard Rohr, Daily Meditations, May 10th 2017   Death is a doorway. For some it opens easily. Others find it more difficult. A gentle soul We buried a good friend this last week. […]

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