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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rembrandt Copy


I still copy the masters now and then. It's a great way to push past the limitations of what you think you know, and an excellent way to work yourself out of an inspirational rut.


This is a copy of a Rembrandt self-portrait I did last year in attempt to learn the way he used heavy impasto with flake white.  In the process I also learned how far he really pushed value progressions for extreme contrast.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Coffee Sludgescape: Descent Into an Abyss

Light seems to be emanating from a pool at the bottom and even casting shadows from some of the figures, revealing the craggy brain-like patterns on the walls of the cave. Is the pool the destination or an obstacle they've encountered on their journey?



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