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OK, I again promised to do some teaching here.  Last week I showed you a photo of a VALUE FINDER also known as a GRAY SCALE.  This is a very important tool to the artist.  In order to have believable paintings you MUST have proper value in the painting!  It is how you establish depth.

     If you look at a scene, photo or real life, you look off into the distance and everything has a bluish tint.  That is the effect of atmosphere.  Air particles make distant objects look blue.  Think of the "Blue Ridge Mountains" and you get the idea.  Look at a picture of them and, yes, they look blue.  It's funny, all mountains look that way, but they do appear more blue I have to admit.  Anyway,  when you paint you use the VALUE FINDER to help establish the proper distance.  When you get used to using it, you can do it almost automatically.  But, don't throw it away because there are times when you will want to refer to it if something doesn't seem just right.  It will …
I promised you last week that I would give you the GRID to use in planning out a painting.  This is used to decide where to have the focal point of the painting.  It is very important because the focal point should never be in the middle under normal circumstances.  There are exceptions to this rule, but I won't go into that now.  Just suffice it to say that NORMALLY the focal point is located at one of four points on the canvas.  The GRID shows where those four points are.  I drew out the grid on a regular piece of paper 8 x 11.  So this would translate to a normal rectangular canvas, but also is used on a square canvas.  Basically you divide the canvas vertically into three even spaces and draw lines down. Then do the same horizontally, again drawing lines on the divisions.  You end up with nine boxes on the canvas.  The lines meet in four places.  I drew an X on each spot.  The focal point should be placed on one of those four X's.  I have a photo below to show what I…
Once again I have had a busy week.  But not as busy as in the past!  This is good as things are starting to settle back into a normal routine, thank goodness.

     I was able to do quite a bit of artwork this past week and that always makes me happy!  I actually was able to do two complete paintings, finish a third and make a lot of headway on a fourth.  Not bad in my book.  The one I'm still working on is a 16 x 20.  the other three are two 9 x 12 and an 11 x 14.
These smaller ones are definitely the size that sell better so I will keep working on them for a while, I think.

     I have also been thinking about what I want to do for the NATIONAL AUDUBON NATURE AND WILDLIFE show coming up in July of this year.  It is a national show and as such has very stiff competition, so it has to be good just to get juried in!  That also means it must be very detailed and accurate.  I am thinking I will do a fox family, but I am not completely sure yet.  I am still thinking about it.  …
Hello again!  Another busy week to report here.  i got several paintings done,  went to the First Friday Art Walk and participated in the Jacksonville Beach Art Walk!  Whew, no wonder I am tired!

     As I said before,  I figured I wouldn't win anything with my entries in the Black, White, and Shades of Gray show and I didn't.  Actually, my graphite drawing of the lady,  "GRACE" was juried out of the show.  Meaning, she wasn't accepted into the show.  I actually thought she was the best of the three because she had the most expression in the fewest lines.  But it just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I guess they wanted more lines, not less. In other words, more shading, etc.  My gentleman  'DISTINGUISHED' did have more of that and he was accepted.  It boils down to basically being a guessing game of what do they REALLY want to see.  Your guess is as good as mine in many cases.  That is why I always go look at the winners and…
Hello!  Well, it has been a very busy week for me.  I had to pick up paintings like I mentioned before and I dropped off as well.  Plus, I am trying to get back into the swing of painting daily or almost daily.
      It has been harder than I thought it would be.  After being on a trip for two weeks ( and thus not painting),  I felt stiff and out of sorts with my art, almost like I had lost my touch.  I actually was painting for several hours, practically the whole day before I felt comfortable again!  It just drives home the point to me, and hopefully you,  that we need to paint daily in order to improve in our art!
 Even if it is just for a few minutes.

     Ok, well, I did flounder for a day and now I seem to be back on track, thank goodness.  I did manage to produce a few pieces for the new show at the Art Association.  It is called the "Black, White & Shades of Gray" show.  In other words, NO color allowed!  So, I did two pencil sketches and one painting.  All …