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Field Notes

The Tune-up

Each developing artist has the opportunity of determining the type of artist they wish to become. For some of us, this direction may be the

Traveling with wet oil paintings

When traveling, no other activity in painting brings me more excitement than taking my old pochade box outdoors in search of a new motif to

A Morning Ocean Study

This morning, Honolulu was greeted with overcast skies, so I immediately changed my painting plans to take advantage of the situation… because an overcast day

Thoughts on Rembrandt’s Drawing “Christ Walking on the Water”

As we wade into this topic, you should know that I love Rembrandt’s drawings and look at them often…for both pleasure and for learning purposes.
Portland 12th and Stark streets

Portland Street Painting

This month I had the opportunity to get to the mainland, primarily on a family visit to Portland, Oregon. While there I spent a gloriously

John Carlson’s Theory of Angles and Consequent Values-A Model

“Every good picture is fundamentally an arrangement of three or four large masses-“ So begins Chapter 1 in my aged copy of “Elementary Principles of
night painting cloud study 2

Night Painting Over the Pacific, part 2

This pencil drawing, from my prior post, remains as a solid summary of what I’m after in my final piece. I’ve relied on it to

Make An Artist’s Plumb Line

For artists who draw with a plumb line regularly, here’s a nice addition to your box. The tools of drawing are pretty simple, but over

October Sun

I’ve just finished this new oil painting after many interruptions, mostly weather-related. But I managed to shoot some sequential images along the way, and I