Interlocking and Interweaving

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From hair braids to baskets to checkerboards we use designs that interlock and interweave. The basket weave unifies not only the materials but also the basket’s design. There are many interweaving patterns. But, they begin simply with an over-under, in-and-out … Continued

Seasonal Transitions

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As a landscape painter I feel colors and textures rotate through the seasons.  My own appetite for silver, blue and lavender spikes as winter approaches.  My desire for pink and green jumps with the approach of spring. Tracking  the seasons … Continued

Pattern, The Bridge between Realism and Abstraction

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Our ability to recognize patterns and convert them into useable, purposeful and decorative material has thousands of years of history. Much of it began in the Middle East.  In 15th through 17th  centuries Persian patterns had become formalized, from Islamic … Continued

Deepen, Brighten, Blend and Extend

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To create the feeling of deeper space consider “Deepen, Brighten, Blend and Extend.” Let’s begin with deepening color. Layered translucent colors work here. They generate darker darks and unify fields of patchy color which can fracture a painting’s unified feeling … Continued

Intimate to Infinite

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Over a thousand years ago Chinese painting scholars advised artists to follow some basic principles. They included presenting a landscape with an experience of the near, middle and far distance. Vertical arrangements should consider the earthly or worldly lower domain … Continued

Building Translucence

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The dazzling spectacle of translucent water revealing two different palettes within the same visual field always seduces my eye.  The palette below the water is more subdued, often occluded by surface motion, shadows, reflections and floating material. The palette of … Continued