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Gaye Adams
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Raising the Bar
plein air study, Chilliwack 8X10" oil on mounted canvas I am teaching plein air workshops quite frequently these days, and loving it. The feedback I get from students is that painting on location takes everything they've got - energy, concentration, determi...

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The Importance of Nuance
Cold Day, Warm Light, oil on canvas, 9X12"  Oh my great gosh was it cold out this day!    My fingers were freezing and I only got to take one shot before my phone said "no more - too cold to function".   I was cross country skiing in -23, and I was finding ...

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Keep it Simple !
My Croatia tour was wonderful!  The weather, the people, the students - I had an amazing time.  And painting wise, it was a target rich environment. This little study was done on sight in Orevic, a small coastal village in Croatia.  We tumbled off the Korcu...

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Capturing the Light
This is my most recent studio piece, a 30X40" oil of a scene captured in the Great Bear Rain Forest, northern BC. I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk to you  creating the illusion of light. I often hear this question from students:  "Why can'...

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More Plein Air Advice....
Great Bear Islet, 8X10" Boy, I just never seem to get tired of talking about my plein air lessons.  I hope you, dear readers are not yet wearied by my extensive pontifications.   When I say "my plein air lessons" I am not talking about formal lessons that I...

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Extreme Painting
Look closely....see all those black flies?   These are the ones that didn't get to bite me! Painting in progress - I will have to do some tweaking in the studio. Facing into the wind as it kept the flies at bay. The scene beyond the painting Here are some p...

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Field Sketch vs. Photo Reference
Spring Overflow 36"X24" Oil This is a studio painting rendered with the help of a field sketch and a photo reference. Both the field sketch and the photo reference have their purpose.  And both present challenges. The field sketch pros:  a sense of place is...

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What Should I Paint?
painting in progress "What Should I Paint?" This is a question I get asked a lot as an instructor.  And it is a great avoidance strategy, getting deadlocked in the fear of not choosing the very best thing to paint, or worse yet to lament with the cry, "Ther...

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Plein Air Season in SoCal!
Lemon Tree, soft pastel, 8X10 plein air study painting in progress I'm back in Santa Barbara for my yearly painting/teaching trip.  This time I have taught a four day plein air workshop in soft pastel.  I have always loved soft pastel and it felt good to fo...

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One Step at a Time
Lemmen's Inlet, 30X30", oil on canvas Before I talk about the above painting, I want to tell you something....those that have been following my blog will know that I have been navigating through an experience of having a palsied right hand. With no improvem...
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