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The Process and the Pea: Exploring the Handmade Craft of Oil Painting -- Part Three

(6) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 3:44 PM

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After about five years of research into older painting materials, I had developed a way of making thixotropic paint reliably. But this sense of accomplishment, perhaps even complacency, proved to be short-lived. In the winter of 2007 I read the new edition of Rembrandt:...

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The Process and the Pea: Exploring the Handmade Craft of Oil Painting -- Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 5:07 PM

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After having painted for fifteen years, the official methods and ingredients of the 20th century had begun to seem like a flat-earth version of the craft. My goal was to shift the visual language back further in time, keeping the element of...

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The Process and the Pea: Exploring the Handmade Craft of Oil Painting -- Part One

(50) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 11:48 AM

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Tracing a thought back to its origin is always intriguing, especially if it turns out to be life changing. Almost 30 years ago, while walking away from a large museum --released from, yet still very much under its spell -- I had,...

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Hidden In Plain Sight: Observation and Awareness in Drawing and Painting

(6) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 12:37 PM

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Painting from life relies on looking at things closely over a long period of time. At first the mind rebels: "Why are we staring at this apple? Surely we have better things to do." But once the mind relinquishes its shorthand version of...

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An Oil Painter's Process

(10) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 1:54 PM

As an oil painter, I had always been interested in the craft of the materials. But after fifteen years of painting, it began to seem like I was working with a flat earth version of the craft. Where was the original globe? A decade ago, I began to look into...

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