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Thin Line Tips

The email made my day. Someone taking their first art class in part because they are inspired by my paintings. He was struggling with how to create thin lines. He wondered if I used a pallet knife or super thin brush. I responded to his email and decided to share this tip as a blog…

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Monet Museum

Monet, the Early Years is exhibiting at The Legion of Honor in San Francisco from February 25 to May 29, 2017. If you are in San Francisco on Sunday, May 7, joint me at 10 am to walk through the exhibition together. Tickets are $35. After, we can have lunch together and discuss the inspiration…

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Composition Choice for Well Known Scenes

 This 12 x 16 oil painting is of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. However, rather than give the viewer a typical straight-on view of the entire bridge, this composition provides interest through the lower vantage point. Fort Point is at the base of the bridge. On this foggy day, your eye doesn’t see all of…

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To Commission or Not to Commission…

Generally, I’m not a fan of commissions because it can stifle creativity if too many constraints are added regarding size, color, and composition. In the past year, I’ve completed three commission paintings successfully. Here are a few tips that have made the experience worthwhile. Release the pressure of a commission piece by knowing that if…

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