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READY TO SHIP

I’ve never mailed a painting before. How hard can it be? The more I thought about it, the more I realized the packaging had to be handled very carefully. I found some styrofoam from a recently delivered package and cut it up to create braces around the painting. That’s as far as I got when […]

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GAGE ACADEMY

So I finished up the pencil drawing today of the Canadian dancer child, and around the last 30 minutes of drawing I felt this depression wash over me. It was strange because I am not prone to depression. I have felt it a couple times in my life. I felt like a zombie struggling to […]

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PREPARING FOR THE NEXT ONE

I had a small photo shoot the other day with an interesting fellow so that I could have some original reference pictures for a new piece of artwork. I went through all 77 pictures this morning trying to visualize a nice drawing or painting from one of them. After a few tries at putting a […]

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FIRST PAINTING COMPLETE

Finally – it’s done! My first family portrait in oil. I’m going to let it dry for a week, then I’m going to varnish it. It’s a strange feeling to have worked on something for so long and then reached the point where you say, “It’s done.” I’m still very critical. I rarely look at […]

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THE PROCESS OF CREATION

I can’t just sit down and start painting. My process doesn’t work like that. I need a goal first. The goal provides direction. Any atelier will tell you that to be a great painter, you need to have great drawing skills. Drawing develops one’s ability to see and understand form, the fall of light, and […]