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Get­ting an idea out of my heart and head is not always easy. Some­times it comes together, and some­times it doesn’t. I wanted to try a dif­fer­ent approach to my work and under­paint­ings on this group, which are slated for exhi­bi­tion from my Gwaii Haanas Artist In Res­i­dence expe­ri­ence. The colours on the under­paint­ing are dif­fer­ent from how I gen­er­ally com­bine the sub­ject and tech­nique. I’ve taken an approach to com­bine the quick onsite plein-air expe­ri­ence with the more aca­d­e­mic fig­u­ra­tive approach. So far, it’s com­ing along, and I antic­i­pate that it will pro­vide the results that I’m look­ing for.

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Here are a few more tips for loos­en­ing up in the stu­dio. Dance that paint­ing out of the brush with this playlist. You’re sure to put some boo­gie in your work.

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There are many things one thinks about in a paint­ing. Often, it’s how to han­dle your cho­sen medium and how to best reveal the light in a three dimen­sional form on a two dimen­sional surface.

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In this post, artist Jan­ice Tan­ton pro­vides mate­r­ial infor­ma­tion and video instruc­tions on how to make 8″ fig­ure arma­tures for sculp­ture. They are great for artists, school projects and kids.

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I’ve been work­ing on some very large pieces for a cou­ple of months for the CAMP body of work. The works — some of them 8 feet long and 4 feet high,  require mul­ti­ple lay­ers of glaz­ing, atten­tion to detail and drafts­man­ship and an eye for sub­tle light […]

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Here is the pro­gres­sive work on Day 3 for the oil on linen panel work by Jan­ice Tan­ton — “The Artist’s Daughter”.

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Here is Day Two of the paint­ing, “The Artist’s Daugh­ter”. The video shows the pro­gres­sion of work through days one and two.

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Ear­lier this month, I fin­ished a sketch of my daugh­ter Grace. My intent is to work through this paint­ing in a method akin to the school of aca­d­e­mic real­ists cur­rently work­ing in New York and around the world. I’m a big fan of Jacob Collins and his con­tem­po­raries at The Grand Cen­tral Acad­emy and I’d love to spend some time there with guys like Scott Wad­dell and Gray­don Par­rish. In the mean­time, while I con­tem­plate the dream of a sum­mer study­ing in New York with these guys, I’m going to take a crack at work­ing through this method and approach to clas­si­cal painting.

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I’ll be the first to admit it — the last thing I think about as I’m about to start a paint­ing is to set up the video cam­era and hit record. In my rush to cre­ate, it’s not a habit that I’ve got­ten into, and yet it’s one of the best ways to share tech­nique, infor­ma­tion and tips with other artists. After all…isn’t that what it’s all about? Get­ting bet­ter and being the best we can be?Here’s some tips, resources and equip­ment that will get you started.

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