Winter Light and Dark

2/13/16 Notes to Myself: As a painter I know the value of light and dark to a composition. I’m a composition, although, not always in balance. With winter being one of my favorite seasons I don’t think I really consider the value or gift of shorter days or being indoors more often because it’s cold. […]

The Wonder of Color #3

“Ecclectic Woods” 2014 cjm   Oh fervent green upon the land envelope and comfort my weary feet Set your dew upon my toes and travel with me through the woods of broken trees With saplings in the distance I feel a tingle in the ground emerging carrying me forward Color Fact: Did you know? Albert […]

The Composition #5

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION #5 Defining values in a composition can make or break your painting. They are an anchor and grounding component.  Values create form and give a painting structure. They also contribute to communicating space, […]

The Composition #1

Deciding on a composition can be challenging and frustrating.  In my view it’s also one of the fundamental pieces to creating a grounded work of art. “The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist  – Composition – by Fletcher Martin The COMPOSITION Over the next weeks I will attempt […]

The Color Purple

In one of my posts last week on color I mentioned experimenting with violet/purple.  As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to join a few friends to work on the still life you see here where one of the “feature” colors was a rich purple cloth used as a back drop to a […]

Significance of Shadows

As an artist I often see and look for shadows as a guide. These are some of the ways in which I find them helpful in life and in my art.  They can help create form. They add an opportunity to explore the power of color. They can shelter me from the sun and heat. […]