Tips and Tricks

A quick tip for those working in pastels this week… I just came across this envelope in my studio and had forgotten I used to use this all the time. Nowadays I don’t worry too much about sharpening my pastel pencils to a sharp point. I figure if I am...

The Rest Is Just Noise

Do you hate the painting you are working on? Frustrated with it and just wanna get it “over with?” I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but anyone looking at the painting will know… Wyeth said, “I think a person permeates a spot, and a lost presence...

Flying Buttresses

“It’s all in how you arrange the thing… the careful balance of the design is the motion.” – Andrew Wyeth Yup… composition is king. I didn’t appreciate Wyeth’s paintings in regard to composition until relatively recently. Composition...

Be Not Afraid

“I don’t think that there is anything that is really magical unless it has a terrifying quality.” -Andrew Wyeth Ok, going personal this week. Tomorrow is my 51st birthday. Talk about terror… going into the next century of my life and I...

The Value of Design Part 2

“The way I feel about things is so much better than the way I’ve been able to paint them. The image I had in my head before I started is not quite – never quite – completely conveyed in paint.” – Andrew Wyeth In the book I mentioned last...