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How to paint a portrait of a couple in watercolor and ink 9/24/15

Painting a portrait of two people is fun and challenging. Gracie and Stephen are the ideal couple to sit for a portrait. They are young adults whose easy-going, joie de vivre personalities are exciting to capture in a painting. It goes without saying that you really want to capture a reasonably accurate likeness of your subjects. I always begin the underlying structure in pencil; it’s the most critical…

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How to be an Artist’s Model: Interview with Michael O. 3/5/15

As an artist, I’m often asked questions about the men and women who are depicted in my paintings and drawings. People want to know what it’s like to be a model. Posing can range in length from a minute to several hours. Gesture poses are usually 1-5 minutes. Mid-range drawings are typically 40 minutes to an hour, and the model breaks…

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How to Make a Snowman Look Like a Roman Statue 2/24/15

The snow that fell early this morning in Atlanta Georgia was pretty, but there wasn’t really enough accumulation to make a snowman. In Jan 2011, we had 4-5 inches of snow that lasted for days. Inspiration came over me, and I made a snowman…er, ‘snow torso of a man’, on our diving board. I love the Greco-Roman sculptures that have survived the…

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CELEBRATING CORTONA Images Inspired by Italy 2/21/15

 The Decatur ArtHouse 619 E College Ave, Suite E Decatur, Georgia 30030 Opening reception: Saturday, February 21, 5-7 pm.  All of the selected artists have participated as students or taught in the University of Georgia’s Cortona Studies Abroad program. Our artwork reflects the influence of the ancient and beautiful village of Cortona, Italy. I  have two paintings in the show: one…

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Trilogy Art Show: Jan 16 * Feb 6 * Mar 6* 2015

TRILOGY ART SHOW AT Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art    Red Door Art Gallery & Studio has introduced an art-community-building event that doubles as a fundraiser for the children’s art program at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art.  Defining features of the Trilogy Art Show include three themes (Body, Mind and Soul); spans over three months (January 16, February 6 and March…

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Montana Artist, MSU Professor, Harold Schlotzhauer 12/22/14

In 1980-81, I temporarily left the University of Georgia and participated in the National Student Exchange Program at Montana State University in Bozeman. I wasn’t the only newcomer to the Big Sky state, Hal Schlotzhauer had also recently arrived from California to join the painting faculty at MSU. I had the good fortune to study painting with Hal as we adapted…

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How to create a great front door: A Different Kind of Painting, September 2014

The old front door bothered me before we purchased the house last year; it was sun-faded brown, drafty and I couldn’t wait to replace it. The new door was selected and the installers put it in. After  several hours of research on color combinations, glossy versus matte, and DIY youtube videos on faux-finishes, I went to the paint store. I love color…

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Art Rocks Athens: Retrospective of art of the period of 1975-85, May 23 – July 17, 2014

Athens, Georgia is well known for its vibrant music scene. What is less known, however, is that artists from the era of of 1975-85 gave rise to the music, and then their music went on to influence the art. I returned to my birthplace of Athens, Georgia as a UGA freshman in 1978. The B-52’s had already become known as the…

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Chastain Arts Center: Spring Show and Sale, May 2 – 30, 2014

The annual Spring Art Show and Sale is too much fun to miss. In fact, even if I am not an exhibitor, I always try to attend the opening reception to see all the great art and experience the camaraderie with fellow Chastain artists. We really are a community of of talented, supportive people.  Some Atlanta’s finest art models are…

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How to draw the figure using Conte crayon, September 2013

Conté is a tricky medium – sometimes it acts more like charcoal and sometimes it acts like a crayon. That’s not unusual when you consider that conte’ is a combination of graphite or charcoal and wax. It was invented by Frenchman Nicolas-Jacque Conté in 1795. When I draw with conté I try to use a lighter touch, otherwise my drawing gets too dark,…

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