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Gary Hoff
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Animals for Fun and Practice
Sketching people, landscapes, streets and buildings, and so on has occupied most of my drawing time until not long ago. But it occurred to me that although I've done quite a few sketches of people, when it comes to animals, not so much. In the last few mont...
Animals for Fun and Practice
Animals for Fun and Practice
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Renaissance Drawings
Michelangelo Buonarotti, "Head of a Mourning Woman, ca 1500 At the Getty Renaissance drawings are on display in an exhibition called Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Revealed (until April 29). The premise of the exhibit is that many many drawings...
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Renaissance Drawings
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Sketches of Florida
When the dark months begin to close in and the skies are pewter-grey during the daytime, its useful to think happy thoughts and look at some warmer places and times. This year we spent some time with family in the Tampa area, which (discounting hurricanes) ...
Sketches of Florida
Sketches of Florida
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Favorite Artists 6 - Wayne Thiebaud
For the sixth installment of my favorite artists, lets focus on Wayne Thiebaud (1920- ) a living American. Mr. Thiebaud is a well-known painter whose luscious color and simple shapes have found a wide audience. He became known six decades ago and has been a...
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2018 Selfie
Portrait painting has always been part of my practice, but sometimes to keep working a self portrait is needful. There are painters who produce self images for artistic purposes-- Jenny Saville , for example--and those who made them because of a lack of mod...
2018 Selfie
2018 Selfie
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Fall
By now (mid-October) the seasonal changes are accelerating. Just a few days ago almost all of the trees along Druid Hill Creek were various shades of summer green--the dark green that says their photosynthesis machinery is moving fast as the days get short....
Fall
Fall
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April Greiman and Digital Design
Not long ago another blogger mentioned an American designer named April Greiman. As is often the case, the name was not familiar but a quick Internet search turned up quite a lot about her and her career.Ms. Greiman is listed as a designer rather than an ar...
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Expressive Figures
"Whoops! (after Dorne), graphite, 2015 The human form is one of the most challenging subjects for an artist, mostly owing to the complexity of anatomy. But it's also difficult to draw believable figures without knowing a bit about an area of psychology know...
Expressive Figures
Expressive Figures
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Looking
One of the common comments you'll read or hear about museums regards how little time people spend actually looking at the art . According to several studies visitors to museums generally spend less than 30 seconds total looking at an exhibited work. With vi...
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Being Painterly
"Alone," oil on panel, 6x8. Private collection. Painting realistically is difficult for beginning painters. Beginners are tempted to put in every detail, every shadow, every leaf in the trees. It's a natural impulse. For those of us who render the real worl...
Being Painterly
Being Painterly
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