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February 23, 2017

A while back, I bought an instructional video by one of my favorite illustrators, Gregory Manchess.  That led to me watching a presentation that Manchess gave to the California College of the Arts (watch it here).  Manchess talks about his own story with art and illustration, while bringing up some of his favorite inspirations. It’s a fascinating story, and worth the seventy-two minutes to watch it. Among those artists who influenced him was Frank Duveneck (October 9, 1848 – January 3, 1919; Wikipedia). To the left is a self portrait painted by Frank Duveneck.

After being struck by the beautiful brushwork and lighting, I realized I had found what must have been another inspiration for perhaps my favorite painter of all, Jeffrey Jones. Jones was a student of Frank Shoonover and N.C. Wyeth (not directly, of course) among...

February 23, 2017

During the summer, I would go with my wife to the barn/arena/field where her horse is boarded, and get out a few times on my mountain bike. Oh, occasionally I’d paint, too.  The weather recently hasn’t been great, but I went with her the other day. While she rode her horse, I painted, sometimes under the shield of the hatchback of the car while some rain fell.  While I got rain, the mountains were getting some snow under low clouds. I loved how the mountains just gradually disappeared, and it gave me some good practice on how to blend without dragging darker paint into the lighter without making a travesty of the whole thing. I painted a couple quick studies, then spent a bit longer on the two you can see here.

This first one is small, only 4×6″,  Oil on hardboard panel. The panel had a bit of texture to it, from some acrylic medium m...

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