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Down in the Valley

Posted in Art, Painting

Down in the Valley

Down in the Valley
9×12 Oil on panel
Studio from photo reference

I’ve had this panel outlined since March. It’s one of my favorite images, one I plan to paint again at a much larger size. Overall, I like how this one came out, especially when viewed in person.

November 8, 2018
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Water Lillies

Posted in Art, Painting

Water Lillies

Water Lillies
8×8 Oil on panel
Studio from photo reference

I started this one a couple of months ago when I was in my Monet phase. I finally got around to touching it up tonight. I like it in general. My only real issue with it is the foliage at the top. I’m still learning how to capture reflections on water.

October 25, 2018
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Mountain Barn

Posted in Art, Painting

barn

Mountain Barn
8×10 Oil on panel
Studio from photo reference

I’m pretty satisfied with how this one turned out. I’m still working on my basics, but I’m learning a lot more every day. Now that it’s cooler, I’m hoping I can actually get outside and paint en plein air.

October 17, 2018
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Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going

Posted in Art, My Life

Apollo

For the last fourteen years, I’ve had a tiny nag in the back of my head. It would always flare up whenever I entered an art museum. It was the feeling I had left something unfinished when I decided not to continue on with a Master’s degree in art history. It was always my intent, but life just didn’t go that way for me.

I spent most of this summer preparing to return to school. I was accepted to an online program and I was excited again. Within a month of actually doing to the work however, I was already burnt out and dreading each new day. My grades we slipping rather quickly and I was struggling to keep up. What’s funny to me is I work in web design all day, yet I found the online program to be a pretty horrible experience.

So, I withdrew from the program. Am I proud of this? Not at all. Am I in a much better place because of it? Yes, I am. What the (short) experience taught me was that I do have the time to do all the personal things I’ve wanted to do. I just need to do them. This is what I’m trying to focus on now.

So, yeah. That’s what I’ve been doing the last few months.

October 14, 2018
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Paul Sandby

Posted in Art

Sandby

Paul Sandby was an English map-maker turned landscape painter in watercolors, who, along with his older brother Thomas, became one of the founding members of the Royal Academy in 1768.

I had never heard of Sandby up until a few weeks ago when I came across one of his landscapes online. I was surprised to find it was a watercolor. From my experience, watercolor isn’t used for detail. Then again, I don’t know much about watercolor to begin with.

I found an exhibition catalog on eBay for cheap, so I’m excited to learn more about him. He reminds me of a mixture between Constable and Cole, only brighter, if that makes any sense at all.

Sandby

June 11, 2018
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