Studio News

Communication is important in any creative endeavor, whether it's visual expression or the written word. Many of my current and past customers contact me to inquire about the progress of new work and to better understand my process. I've now included this "blog" to help describe my life in the studio. I'll post on a weekly basis and welcome your feedback or comments.

I can't believe it's March already. I'm sure many people in North America are ready to put this winter behind them. Here in the Pacific Northwest and on Vancouver Island particularly, we have enjoyed one of the mildest ( snow-free ) winters on record. Many of the region's flowers are out and people are cutting their lawns and preparing their gardens for planting. Plein air artists have been working outdoors for weeks and many studio artists I know have been inspired to get outside and capture images they will use later as reference for new paintings. Can you imagine trying...

Since my last post I have been visiting my dentist for a series of appointments to correct issues with my implants. I realize this doesn't have a lot to do with my art or life in the studio, but it certainly affects my ability to stay focused on painting. It's amazing how interconnected good health and productivity are to success at the easel. With years of managing pain associated with an existing arthritic condition I have learned to take advantage of "good" days and try and accomplish as much as possible. With this new health issue, there are no good...

The painting I'm currently working on has proven to be a real challenge. It includes of a hillside of fir trees that require individual attention to detail with minimal shadow areas due to the overhanging storm clouds. Normally, I enjoy rendering trees of all species, but a forest without strong directional light must use subtle changes in shades of green to differentiate one from another and suggest volume. It's turning out to be a labour of love. I'm sure the end result will be somewhat successful, but I'm anxious to complete this section and move into the foreground area that...

Today, I arose early...at least for me. In my studio area the morning light is particularly good for painting with a large east-facing window over my shoulder. The light is good all day, but certainly diminishes in these shorter winter afternoons. I mention this because it speaks to light, and how important it is in influencing atmosphere and mood in all my work. Whether it's 2 or 3 dimensional work, the source of light and how it falls on a sculptural piece or how it affects tone and hue, cast shadows, shadow areas, highlights and simply the warmth or coolness...

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