Rockwell Request

Norman Rockwell was a master of painting the American life.  His paintings brilliantly capture casual moments of human interaction. Rockwell found the balance between discipline and freedom in his technique, so his paintings are detailed and realistic, but not uncomfortably stiff.  I study various artist’s work, most notably Andrew Wyeth’s.  I love Wyeth’s work.  I […]

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Sunflowers in a Window

A while ago my friend commissioned a painting for his girlfriend’s birthday. I was told that she liked sunflowers, so a painting of that flower was all that was requested. I wanted to avoid the cliche composition of sunflowers in a vase, on a table. (Or worse, in a mason jar). That setting is disgustingly overused. […]

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Stone Wall

This particular painting has been sitting around for quite a while.  I’m not too thrilled with the way it turned out, but I thought I would post it anyway.  I meant for it to look looming and foreboding with a ton of cool detailed stone-work, but it looks like a cardboard cutout and two crows.  […]

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House By the Woods

Having a background of trees and no sky was something I was hesitant to try.  I wasn’t sure if the green would look flat or come out blobbish.  Both circumstances would have been undesirable.  Midway through the painting, the trees looked flat and blobbish.  I was ready to give up, but I persevered and got […]

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Study on Vilhelm Hammershøi

The amount of color in this particular painting may not be immediately obvious, but as I was studying the original and painting my rendition, the colors slowly manifested themselves.   There is a certain value of light in the original oil painting which is very difficult to achieve in the watercolor medium. (I’ll have to get […]

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Goose Barn

A rather standard barn was made unusual by the addition of an enormous three-dimensional goose to its roof.  I was looking at local farms for inspiration (which I seem to lack), and turned a bend in the road to see The Goose.  I have no idea how it has managed to survive high winds, as […]

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Pennsylvania Woods

The snow which we’ve recently had has given me the opportunity to paint.  I was, of course, in a snowy sort of mood, so I painted the following scene based on my memory of a lovely little hollow I used to ride by all the time, but now see less of. I have other pieces […]

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