Showing posts from May, 2010

Demonstration: Mountains and Aerial Perspective

It's important to recall that you can't make good value judgments until you have all the colors in place, meaning that most of the adjustments come at the very end. It made me smile to remember that only God sees the big picture, the global value judgments, so to speak, and thus I really must trust Him to make the calls and do the final adjustments. As the Artist, He knows the goal, sees the values, and controls the process it takes to get there.

Some days I feel like a tiny speck of pigment swirling in a composition that currently makes no sense. I cannot figure out how "all things work together for good", as the Bible promises believers in Romans 8:28. Then I recall that the Artist's composition is a WIP, a Work In Progress, from my perspective, but from His point of view it is fully complete, perfectly executed without error.
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a fut…

20-Stroke Painting

Sometimes it's a good idea to cut to the bone and see what comes of it. This exercise is a way to challenge myself to get down to what is really needed to express something, using efficient strokes. I tried to limit myself to twenty. I enjoy the beauty of the loose strokes, the incidental marks, and the simplicity of the expression.

It may be a bit like those times when the Lord cuts away part of your "flesh life." It's so easy to get in the habit of having everything cushy and comfortable, and just going on your way through life without thinking about it. Then one day the Lord removes something--something you thought of as natural and forever, like the use of one part of your body. One day a part breaks or ends up being incapacitated, and you recognize that it's inconvenient, challenging, even slightly faith-shaking, but when you get down to the essence, you really can function without it. In fact, in some ways you notice that you get it, understanding what you…


I've become so interested in painting in gouache, not to mention making these little ATC/ACEO sized painting (2.5" x 3.5") and suddenly the idea of painting fruits from life in simple settings has captivated me. It came out of a thread at Wet Canvas where we're featuring different subjects each month. I wasn't too thrilled with painting still life--then.

NOW I'm enthralled.

Two Navels

Lean on Me

Pear in Blue

It just goes to show that the fruit of your life may be somewhat unexpected to you, but it comes of a lot of little things dovetailing, however unexpectedly. I made a painting of oranges because I was given a delightful gift of a HUGE box of oranges fresh from a California grove. I wanted to prepare some paintings to show on the thread I mentioned above, since I'm hosting it for a couple of months, so I plopped two oranges on a white napkin and gave it a go. I didn't sit down and think it through or make a plan to start doing still life. I didn't …