• Finding Inspiration

    Found-object sculptor and brother-in-law Lance Arnold scored a book of breathtaking woodblock prints at the “put ‘n take” portion of his local landfill, and very kindly sent it to me. Each page offers a print more gorgeous than the last. As I oohed and aahed, I could barely wait to try to replicate some of […]

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  • Coneflower Redux

    In Chinese brush painting (CBP), we use “rice” papers made of mulberry and other natural fibers. The final step in completing a CBP painting is to wet mount it onto a larger sheet to provide a bit of added durability and protection. Imagine my sorrow when a recent coneflower painting of mine tore during the […]

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  • The How-To’s

    I was recently asked to demo a painting at a show in which I was going to be exhibiting. Painting for an audience is something I don’t think I’m cut out for. But several people have asked about the processes, so I’ve created a couple of amateurish videos of a simple koi painting that might […]

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  • Obsessing on Physalis Alkekengi

    A painting by an amazing artist I stumbled upon online got me thinking about painting what are often called Chinese Lanterns. I’m nuts about orange anyway, so their delicate blooms are already something to admire. The other artist paints in a “meticulous” style, not the looser style in which I work. But I was determined […]

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  • Can Serious Art Have a Sense of Humor?

    Art is to be enjoyed, so it seems to me that including a wee sense of humor can be like an embellishment. Painting a couple of the bees on the mat area is one way I like to surprise the viewer and maybe inspire a smile. Such an addition won’t work for every painting, certainly. […]

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  • In My “Blue” (Jay) Period

    A workshop with Henry Wo Yue-Kee a couple of years ago inspired me to figure out blue jays. I’m still struggling, but am having fun trying a couple of different compositions.

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