Observation 6: The anatomy of nature

“Nature does nothing uselessly.” Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) Have you painted the figure? If you have, you know how difficult it is. Our brains are “wired” to recognize the slight differences between people, so even the slightest error in drawing the figure can make the difference in getting an accurate likeness. What if … Continue reading Observation 6: The anatomy of nature

Observation 2: Work in abstractions

“A good composition can be seen at a glance” – John Carlson “Things should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein Great paintings have a great underlying abstract design, typically based on 3-7 large abstract shapes of value. If you’re a representational artist, don’t fool yourself: perfectly painted detail only … Continue reading Observation 2: Work in abstractions

Learning “Sight Painting”

Gracie at Lake Tahoe, 21 November, 2006 On my last visit home, my mother presented me with a scrap book of items she kept of mine while growing up, including photos, old artwork and perhaps most telling–report cards! I remember school a bit, but reading these teacher/parent notes about ‘young Edward’ brought me back to … Continue reading Learning “Sight Painting”

Estes Park Plein Air, Day 7, AM

Another gloomy, gray day this morning. Oh well. I decided to go out anyway and find something to paint, not expecting anything. I ended up doing one of the best of this week (I think)! I swaped out “Moraine Park Sunset” from the competition, as judges generally like larger works. I still think it’s one … Continue reading Estes Park Plein Air, Day 7, AM

Ovanes Berberian: My Demo of His Technique.

Since I was not allowed to photograph Ovanes Berberian’s demos, a few artists have asked me to show them the process using one of my own paintings. So here goes! REFERENCE. (ON LOCATION) First, here’s the reference photo. I have to get a body of work that represents the San Francisco Peninsula for the Peninsula … Continue reading Ovanes Berberian: My Demo of His Technique.

Ovanes Berberian Workshop, Day 1

What a beautiful day in Idaho! I arrived at Ovanes’ studio to find cheerful Vickie Reece (Ovanes’s assistant) had set up wonderful outdoor still lifes in the orchard surrounding his studio. They were perfect juxtapositions of shapes, colors and values. The dappled light from the fruit trees made the subject both challenging and inspiring. After … Continue reading Ovanes Berberian Workshop, Day 1