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To Smudge or Not to Smudge? – That is the Question.

To smudge or not to smudge?  That is the question when working with charcoal.  And if you were expecting some New Age Magic topic…  Well, sorry I am talking about charcoal renderings. Smudging, smearing, rubbing, smoothing, and blending… That’s what

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Posted in Art

When I work with Charcoal – I wear black

At first the thought of wearing black while working with charcoal,  may conjure up images of an emotional state of mind.  It is somber.  It is depressed.  It is full of resignation that I will have to endure something that

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Posted in Art, Education

Grisaille Sphere

I learned a new word this past week in my art course, and this all builds on the foundation that I learned in my previous class.  I love it when education makes sense and creates a concrete basis for understanding

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Posted in Art, Education, Painting

Practice with Charcoal

I am about to start my first Graduate course for my MFA.  I am excited and scared.  You see, many years ago, I was accepted into a MA program for English, and I completed 2/3 of that program until expenses

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Posted in Art, Inspiration, Preparation

Preparing for Online Art Class

As an artist in this day and age no one will even look at your work unless you know someone or have at least a Master’s level degree, so I have decided to get my MFA in painting.  I’d really

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Posted in Art, Goals, Online Study, Preparation, Uncategorized