Realism plus Romanticism..My Style..

Realism in the visual arts and literature is the general attempt to depict subjects as they are considered to exist in third person objective reality, without embellishment or interpretation and “in accordance with secular, empirical rules.”
The approach inherently implies a belief that such reality is ontologically independent of man’s conceptual schemes, linguistic practices and beliefs, and thus can be known (or knowable) to the artist, who can in turn represent this ‘reality’ faithfully. As Ian Watt states, modern realism “begins from the position that truth can be discovered by the individual through the senses” and as such "it has its origins in Descartes and Locke, and received its first full formulation by Thomas Reid in the middle of

Worth Taking Another Look....

Some posts you might like to read or revisit…Links are all live now…
How to Sell More Art
Does Selling Prints Diminish your Credibility
Five Opposing Ideas
How to handle Commissioned Work
Is your Art a Police Report, Novel, or Poem?
Do some people Hate your Artwork?
How to Build a Body of Work
How to get your work exhibited in a Gallery
Professional Jealousy
Chinese Brush Painting..How-To

Let me know if you find these posts helpful…feedback helps me to decide whether to continue doing the research and continuing these journals…thanks so much..

Moonlight in Progress, or how to take risks with your work...

I have been asked about my practice of doing a complete painting covering it up and then removing some of the camouflage…I thought I would share a brief expose on my technique which I used on a current Painting “In the Moonlight”

There were many interim stages to this work, but I have included only the main ones here to give you an idea of the process I used to get to the final result…
Except for where it was covered in black, at any stage this painting was complete and could have been posted as such…in other words each stage was a finished work and then I went on to do another finished work….
The procedure takes a lot of practice……to cover up a painting till it completely disappears requires nerves of steel…you must be prepared to lose

Tips and Techniques..The Bamboo Pen..

When I decided to write this post, I thought I would look to see what has been written on the subject…to my surprise I found tons of articles…a closer look revealed they were all about Bamboo Pen with a Wacom Pad…wow things have changed while I wasn’t looking…
I decided then and there that no one would be interested in my traditional bamboo pen which was made of real bamboo and was used with black ink…however on second thoughts I decided to post it anyway…it’s short and sweet, and is just meant to describe one of the many ways I use bamboo pens
This post is about the FIRST stages of the painting…

Above is an UNFINISHED painting intended for the Hardy series executed only in pen and ink

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    Bamboo Pens..
    Inks in black or

Tools and Tricks....Working outside the Box...

The following article was excerpted from The Artist Daily Newsletter by Courtney Jordan…..

Breaking out of a painting rut sometimes requires a little more oomph than just adding another color to your palette or going from a still life to a figure painting. Sometimes your whole process needs an overhaul. A few years ago, artist Francis Di Fronzo took a fairly drastic measure to take his work to a new level. He set aside the traditional painting brush for a tool of his own invention—a “comb” with individual hairs seated along a length of wood.

In 1998, Di Fronzo was facing what he describes as an artistic dead end. He’d been working on non-traditional trompe l’oeil paintings of unusual objects like mechanical tools that were no longer satisfying to him. H