[video] How and why NOT to over explain

Simplifying is a language that every artist regardless of medium or subject must try to understand. We are all guilty of putting too much detail in our own paintings when it is not necessary. My friend, William Reese, said that all of us have the Kodak gene inside. This is so true. I made this video to show you what not to do in your own paintings if you want to create poetry.

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Paint Through Objects part 2

You saw in the previous video how I explained painting through things. In this demonstration I will physically show you how I went about painting the highlights up on the rocks. I think you will gain more confidence in painting through objects rather done up to edges which does not have an organic look.

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[ Design ] How much sky to leave in

In this video I want to show you what I was thinking when I designed this painting. Before we even think about paint one must think hard about the placement of shapes. I only see shapes now days before I begin my design. I do not look at the object for what they are (tree,rock,water,mountains) but for how may they help my over all balance of my painting. 
 

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[ Brushwork ] and its importance in the visual journey

One of the beauties of oil painting is its ability to have physical texture. Watercolor and pastels also have their own unique qualities but oil is the only medium that you can build up thick texture. In this short video, I will explain how I play with texture.

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