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Morning Mist and Neutral Tint

Morning Mist and Neutral Tint

I wanted to try my hand at hazy, wet-in-wet backgrounds, and this misty scene was excellent for this sort of experiment. Overall, I think it turned out pretty well. The trees in the field are a bit darker than I would like, but…

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Shadows in Malta

Shadows in Malta

This is the first time I’ve tried doing a larger line and wash sketch. I really liked the way the intense sunlight created deep red shadows in the reference photo for this piece. Of course, I wanted to see if…

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Sketching and My Travel Kit

Sketching and My Travel Kit

I’ve been doing some more ink sketching practice, sometimes without pencil lines to guide me. I really want to master this technique, because if I ever get the funds to travel, this is how I want to document the places…

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Stormy Marsh

Stormy Marsh

Stormy skies are a challenge for me, and I only seem to paint them to my satisfaction about half of the time. This was not one of those times. The clouds turned out okay, but not the way I wanted…

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Sketching on Hot Press Paper

Sketching on Hot Press Paper

When I bought my new Fabriano paper, I picked up a sheet of hot press to play with. I’ve never used it before, but I thought it would work well with line-and-wash techniques. I had tried using my Sakura brush pen…

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Cotman Travel Palette Sketching

Cotman Travel Palette Sketching

I haven’t done much painting lately because I’ve been busy working on making some art boards to stretch my paper on. I’ll be posting more about that when they are finished. For now, I’ve done some sketching using ink and…

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A Full Sketchbook and Barrels in Alsace

A Full Sketchbook and Barrels in Alsace

My sketchbook has officially run out of pages! Here is the final piece that I painted. I like how the colours turned out, and I am quite proud of the barrels. I think they look fairly convincing. The cracks in…

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Working with Neptune Flat Brushes

Working with Neptune Flat Brushes

I have two Princeton Neptune Aquarelle flat brushes in 1/2″ and 3/4″ widths, purchased from Curry’s for $11 and $18. The hair is synthetic squirrel. Real squirrel hair holds huge amounts of water and releases it evenly, but it’s not springy like sable hair. This…

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