This is my 100th post. Not sure how it happened. How could I write a 100 things? I know that repeating myself has helped a lot, but still. 100 posts, 9000 views (okay it’s not Perez Hilton but I’ll take it) and 290 comments so far. Pretty cool. I think I started writing as an extension of my workshops, partially inspired by all the great teachers I’ve had over the years (Mr. Voss, english lit). It’s morphed into more of a personal exploration, though always about art. Except that last thing I posted… I still think that was funny as hell, not sure anyone else did.
Anyway, not to linger on that too long. I posted some compositional variants a while back, 3 or 4 posts down, I picked one, at the bottom of the middle row and sketched it in using ochres and siennas. This is a 30 x40. The tone of this, the marks and washes, I really like, it makes me want to learn about etching and aquatints and intaglio. Bucket list. I actually used the little sketch as a measuring reference, the horizon was at the 1/4 mark and the beach was at the 1/2 mark etc. The design of this is important, the positive and negative shapes are critical. Especially after seeing that Twatchman painting a while back, I get it now. And speaking of great painters… Herman Herzog, his florida paintings are the best of the best, he’s next up for discourse.