Tag Archives: landscape

Different Strokes: New Work

Just after Christmas is the best time for me to produce an abundance of new work. This year has been exceptionally busy with commissions and unexpected projects, the spice of my life. Celebration Last night culminated the recent request for a special gift for a special person, Claudette Tardif. Commissions always offer a particular challenge […]

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Different Strokes: Happy Easter

As I gaze outside my window, I find it hard to believe Easter Sunday has arrived. Yet I know it to be true. Winter clings tenaciously as the temperature dips to unusual depths. Snow continues to accumulate or melt, the crocuses are keeping their heads low and the frost on the windows blocks the view. […]

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Different Strokes: Illustration

Illustration has filled the minutes or hours, as the case may be, while I wait for paint to dry. My inspiration came from an article in The Painters’ Keys concerning the original illustrations for Ursula Kroeber’s Earthsea series. Ruth Robbins did a wonderful collection of wood cuts for first edition. Since I am creating my […]

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Different Strokes: Stopping

In many of the articles other artists have written I notice the point at which one decides to stop and put the brush down is always a challenge. Stopping is particularly difficult when one is a perfectionist. Perfection is overrated As the years pass my obsession to be perfect diminishes with practice. Yes, practice. Being […]

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Different Strokes: Le Francothon

Fundraisers show up in all kinds of forms. Le Francothon follows the formula for “thons” including music, a prison with a guard, a cash bar, hype and a new addition: a local artist. Centre of attention The organisers installed a separate stage for me thinking I would be working at an easel. I asked for […]

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One: Recovery

Recovery is slow. Last Monday marked my return following an intense six days in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. I must be getting older. I do not bounce back very quickly after such an event. Perhaps it has something to do with the other three commitments this weekend as well. In any case, […]

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Different Strokes: Puddling

Shapes are the basis of the puddling process. Puddling involves fluid paint filling a particular area, usually caught between texture and drip lines. In the previous article about my process, I was mostly working with a gesso/gel mixture that can be applied to the vertical surface. Stepping back is easy when one is at an […]

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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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