Painting Texture

There is something called Painterliness. This describes a painting done in a style that celebrates the medium used.

There is something called Painterliness. This describes a painting done in a style that celebrates the medium used. Instead of hiding the brushstrokes of knife texture, we want to enhance it, even exaggerate it.

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Make Cement Live

There’s something poetic about abandoned buildings that have a special appeal to painters

There’s something poetic about abandoned buildings that have a special appeal to painters. Numerous historic mine sites abound in Cobalt Ontario. I chose to give old cement in the ruins of an old mine mill some life, simply by changing the color of the century-old cement slabs.

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Face the Rocks

make the viewer feel the majesty and grandeur of rocks

Start With Reference Photos

I wanted to make the viewer feel the majesty and grandeur of rocks. No object is included this time to give the rocks an indefinite scale, so they could only look at the nearly abstract quality of the rock facets.

I began by taking pictures of a rock-cut beside the highway near where I live in northern Ontario. Then I chose four photos and printed them out on 8×11 medium quality paper. I didn’t use photo paper as it was a waste since the pictures were only for reference.

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Anatomy of a Failed Painting

Learn from someone else’s mistakes.

Failed River Scene 24×30″ Acrylic on Masonite

This was supposed to be a mosaic-style painting, using the one-touch approach. I had such wonderful plans for this painting, but it careened out of control before I recognized it. This is an example of how NOT to do a painting. I truly believe that the best examples are someone’s mistakes. So I will tear me up, not someone else.

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The Wonderful World of Painting

If you are new to painting, welcome.

Painter Painting  Painter
Acrylic on canvas, 24×18″ 2014

So you want to know more about painting. Well, that’s a deep subject (Pun intended). I guess we need to find a starting point. If you are new to painting, welcome. If you’re already well versed in painting and have some skills, please bear with me as we tackle the basics for a few posts.

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