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John Holdway
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What does arbitrary color mean?
To answer the question... What does arbitrary color mean? When the colors an artist uses are not based on what he/she sees but chosen arbitrarily. The term implies that it has no meaning but it may have a symbolic meaning or emotional meaning. In the painti...

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What do I need to buy if I want to start learning how to draw?
Here is my answer to  What do I need to buy if I want to start learning how to draw? Get a sketchbook, a pencil and practice all the time. That said I like to use a 2mm lead holder with 4B lead. Staetdler makes one with a point sharpener in the end. I like ...

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What are rules and tips for foreshortening an object?
Here is an answer to a question about foreshortening. You can figure out foreshortening by using the rules of perspective. It would be too complex to describe the rules of perspective here, but in a nutshell... The basic idea of linear perspective is that o...

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My friend Garth Marriott has an awesome collection of sneakers. I borrowed these and a number of others to continue a series of paintings of borrowed shoes I started in college in 1986.
http://john-holdway.artistwebsites.com/featured/hosoi-vans-john-holdway.html?viewall=true

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Air
Four paintings from the Air series framed and ready for David Joyce Gallery. The Mayor's Art Show came down last month and I have two more shows before the end of the year. Four small  paintings  have been chosen for a group show at the David Joyce Gallery ...

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I'm working on a group o small paintings on paper with watercolor and gouache. They start as monotypes that I refine with a brush and ruling pen.
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Sketchbook Studies
Jean commented on the method of doing thumbnail studies. I bucked this type of preliminary work, wanting to use a more improvisational approach in my work when I was younger. I worked intuitively and reacted to what was happening in the moment. When I began...

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Idea Mining
To get ideas I just start doing these little scribbles. I am starting to look for something to develop. I am searching for the thing that will light the fire. The idea is the most important thing. I know what to do when the idea comes.

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River Retreat Abstract
a lot of my work is moving toward abstraction. I haven't shown a lot of it on the web yet. Here is an example.
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