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Darrell Mangum
I reinvent myself about every ten years
I reinvent myself about every ten years

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Perspective and composition
This is a new take on a picture I painted before. I decided to do it again and try to improve the over all view and perspective. I'm happy with the over all view. I even like the sunset. The clouds and trees need work. But I'm happy with my progress.

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Darrell Mangum commented on a post on Blogger.
The M&M painting was just fantastic!

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I can only see what's wrong.
I'm working on sunsets again. After I finished this one, my family was very encouraging. They had a lot of nice things to say. But I look at this, and I can only see the mistakes I've made. I've heard that it's common to feel this way. I'm going to paint th...

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more mini paintings
This has been a wonderful exercise for me. Painting an 8x10 canvas has very different challenges. I feel that it's improving my skills. I bought a dozen little 8x10 canvases, and we'll see how things turn out.

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Working on sunsets tonight
I feel like I'm on fire for painting again! I will be working on a lot of new paintings over the next few weeks. I'm even going to try figures and faces. Tonight it was sunsets.

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Here's something new!
I've decided to paint a whole series of "studies", in 8 x 10. It's amazing to me how different this is from painting something "big". I'm having a great time, and I think I'm learning something important about composition.

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I haven't given up!
I know it's been more than a year since I've posted. I've had major house remodeling projects, and some serious health issues that concerned several members of my family. My granddaughter is now two, almost three, and she has a little brother. But I have pa...

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It's been a year.
Wow. This has been the greatest year of my life. I've loved it all. I always wanted to be an oil painter, now I am. And a year from now, I'll be so much better, today's painting will look like kindergarten finger painting. This past month has been a little ...

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I’ve reached a plateau.
It’s not that there’s any trouble or anything. I’m just not seeing the huge improvement that I used to see
each time I painted. But that’s okay. I knew I would reach a plateau. The trick
is not to stop. I have to keep painting. I still love it with all my h...

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Somebody took one of my paintings!
Actually I’ve placed five. The first two went at the same time. And who took those
first two paintings? Art connoisseurs? Dealers? Wealthy people? Nope. My mom and my sister. I gave each of them a painting for a
Christmas present. I was very touched that th...
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