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Sketching

Three-value notans

Spoon notan
Glass notan

These are a couple of my first ever notans. I used Tombow E15 (black) and N65 (grey) brush pens, and the white of the paper. (Odd how the highlights look white but the blank paper outside the borders looks grey. Must be a trick of the eyes—or my crappy phone camera.)

I didn’t focus on design in these so much as just trying to capture the right (simplified) values. I can see how this will be a really helpful exercise.

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Painting

A simple idea

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Painting

Krista Harris interview (with Nicholas Wilton)

Thoroughly enjoyed this interview with Krista Harris. I’m slowly starting to understand where abstract artists are coming from. I intend to make an abstract piece soon—maybe even tomorrow.

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Quotes

A gem from Jill Carver

Generally speaking [for a strong painting], you really only need three or four values. Sometimes you need five, depending on the environment. But that is enough. And then… you let hue do the rest of the work.

Jill Carver on The Plein Air Podcast

Not that this sounds easy to pull off!

She also recommended doing notans, which I’m sure would help a lot with the first part of this equation. I think I’m going to buy some brush pens and do some of those.

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Quotes

Christ in the gallery

Why, as Christians, should we be content to see Christ only where we expect to see him? Perhaps we should follow the lead of the Gospels themselves and look for him where we least expect him to be, even in the contemporary art world.

Daniel A. Siedell, God in the Gallery