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The underpainting and creating the illusion of volume — four historical technical approaches, Part 2

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Antwerp, Netherlands, sought to achieve the same results as Titian, but sought to do it using the “alla prima” (at once) method of painting – getting the whole thing...

The underpainting and creating the illusion of volume — four historical technical approaches, Part 1

Representational artists all share one common goal – to present an illusion of volume, accomplished in painting through the juxtaposition of dark and light values, and of highlights and shadows. ...

Change & artistic style, Part 4.

The creation of music and art are connected, the former using the arrangement and rearrangement of notes on a scale to achieve sonic harmony and the latter using line, color, value and the arrangement...

Change & artistic style, Part 3.

I made a conscious decision to depart from my prior way of working – “a structured approach” – to a much more intuitive “let’s see what happens” approach. The point was to be able to spend more time...

Change & artistic style, Part 2.

An artistic style is made up of many pieces, it isn’t just one thing. It encompasses lots of different elements, attitudes, and aspects of art making. It isn’t the brand of oil paint or specific brush...

Change & artistic style, Part 1.

Many artists have undergone significant style transformations throughout their careers. The list is long, and not just painters, but bands and musicians, to cite just one other example...

Why I no longer paint florals and the origin of my Blog Page title

And so it went for ten years or so. Had the good fortune to gain representation by a nationally recognized gallery in Cape Cod, MA where most all of the work hung in that gallery was sold, usually in...

The importance of underpainting

Since I like painting in a structured, organized manner, it was necessary for to me spend time studying the techniques of the Old Masters, rather than say, the techniques of 20th century modern...