A new painting challenge: 3-A-Week

8x10 study in values When a series of commissions and design projects came up toward the end of summer (including a Basset Hound portrait), I took a little sabbatical from landscape painting. I found that these projects left me mentally and creatively drained, and trying to cram in painting would have felt like a chore.… Continue reading A new painting challenge: 3-A-Week

Limited palette color study

"Early Summer Serenity", 8x10.5, oil on canvas panelAfter a couple of weeks away from my easel, I was itching to get some painting in today. I've been doing more sketching and working on engaging my right brain during the process, which makes me enjoy it much more. My favorite way to sketch these days is… Continue reading Limited palette color study

Limited palette color mixing study

Limited palette color study, 5 1/2 x 7, oil on canvas A couple of months ago I purchased one of Barbara Jaenicke's excellent monthly lessons that was about color mixing for oils. It also included color palette selection for soft pastels which was great because I could see her thought process on both mediums as… Continue reading Limited palette color mixing study

Day 20 of notans

Notan sketches of a waterfall, Yellowstone National parkWith this set of notan sketches, my focused practice project is complete! It feels good to have created 100 of them and to feel energized by it, not burned out on them. Having the 3-minute time limit definitely helped with that. Without it I would have certainly fussed… Continue reading Day 20 of notans

Day 19 of notans

Notan sketches of Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park For today's notan sketches I revisited a setting I loved at Grand Teton National Park. Schwabacher Landing has everything: water, views of the mountains, trees, meadow. And beavers if you're lucky enough to spot them. I had used this same photo as reference for the first… Continue reading Day 19 of notans