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Saturday, 8 November 2008

Texture in Art - Glistening Snow

Glistening Snow
Acrylic on acid free mount board
7 by 9 inches (17.9 by 23 cm) exluding .5 inch (1.3 cm)
white border

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I love the ice and snow that covers trees in winter. I started having problems while painting. I knew my work included elements and principles of art but I just lost my direction. I knew why I wanted to paint the scene and decided this was best done with the element, texture. Texture in painting can be actual or depicted. You can depict heavy snow covering trees without using thick paint strokes (impasto). I love painting with thick impasto strokes and you can see this on my image.

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Unity & Movement - Outdoor Market


Outdoor Market
Acrylic on canvas on wood stretcher bars
8 by 10 inches (20.4 by 25.5 cm)

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In Outdoor Market, I emphasized the sun shining down on this busy market scene. Good paintings should be unified; they should have a sense of oneness. This busy scene is united by the dark colors which link together. If you squint, you see the dark colors connecting. I used brush strokes to convey the busy scene & moved the viewer through the painting with the diagonal line of the boxes & the similarity of colors, i.e. the red.

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