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Visual Sense of Place

I don't live on the Strip. I rarely step foot in the casinos. Yet from my art this summer, one would think I'm a high roller. Au contraire. I take clues of geographic location and combine them with colors representing climate and culture in hopes of creating visual sense of place. This awareness of my surroundings is the fuel behind each work of art. I try to center my mind in the present, and hone in on sensory details. What I'm seeing, what I'm hearing, touching, tasting, all have to be represented, otherwise the piece falls short. I want my work to conjure up what it feels like to be here. I want it to reek of my current reality: leather and neon, hot chilis and margaritas, airplanes, pal

Going Rogue With Mixed Media

I find great pleasure in control. I love a good, sharp point that can make a mark exactly where I want it. I cringe when my color goes out of the lines or when my brush pens start to dry up, giving me dreaded streaks. I've always been happiest using my hands to create precisely what my mind alone can see. Vice-like grip of fingers around my pen, face hovering just above the paper, razor-focus...I'm in the zone. With mixed media, however, I've had to learn to set aside my pencils in lieu of paint. Combining mediums is a blast, but what has been missing in this process for me, is the aspect of drawing. I still crave that fine line that only pen or pencil can give. I have recently learned of a

New Masters, Old Techniques

Grisaille (pronounced griz eye) is a painting technique that dates back to the Italian Renaissance. By developing the subjects on canvas using only varying shades of grey, the artist could save his more precious pigments for the final layer. This method was generally hidden from the viewer, as it was completely covered in color at the last stage of creation.A new use of grisaille is popping up, and I must say, I like it. Take work from two of my favorite contemporary artists, Daryl Feril and Anna Kincaide: Daryl leaves aspects of his nature drawings in the original grisaille, while dancing around it with bold color. http://www.darylferil.com Anna chooses where she wants our eye to go, in thi

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