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Added by Gary Holland on December 29, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Topanga Autumn, Early Morning Plein Air, part 4

We call it Dragon Rock. The gnarly sandstone formation just a short hike up Cheney Ranch Trail. If you step off the main trail and onto the footpath it will take you to the very top that resembles a big glob of dry clay and has multiple little caves and holes. Prehistoric rocks that were polished by rivers long gone are trapped in it. These rocks are the remnants of a mountain range that used to dominate the Eastern part of Arizona. High cliffs on the south side of Dragon…

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Added by Elena Roché on December 16, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments


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New Gallery

Just joined the Jones-Terwilliger Gallery in Carmel. 

http://www.jones-terwilliger-galleries.com/Artist_Entry/openholland.html

Added by Gary Holland on December 7, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments


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Painting in Series: The Children of Haiti by Gary Holland

Painting in series is enormously educational as well as fun.  Note:  This series was assembled in a flip-book format using Wix.com. The link works if your computer can tolerate Flash. If not, well, maybe you can figure it out or use a friends pc?  Good luck.  

The Children of Haiti - Wix

Painting in series.



A simple process goes like this:

1.  Choose a theme, i.e. my…

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Added by Gary Holland on December 7, 2015 at 5:40pm — No Comments


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FINDING GREAT ART INSTRUCTION-7 TIPS

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Added by Gary Holland on December 7, 2015 at 4:34pm — No Comments


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The Psychology of the Painting

The following is a reprint of an article about my approach to a painting.  I explore the psychology of the process of painting the picture. The blog system isn't liking the 2nd page, so for the full article, please see the PDF: http://hollandgallery.com/PDF/International-Artist-Gary-Holland-sm.pdf…

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Added by Gary Holland on December 7, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments


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The Children of China

This is a short video I created that depicts my concept of painting a series of images based on a theme.  in this theme, The Children of China, my intent was to depict the spirit and subtle passion of children in the countryside in modern China.  Using an impressionist and colorist approach I place the viewer in the position of dwelling on the children, imagining what their inner world is truly about.  I choose to not overtly communicate "passion" but rather, allow the viewer to "be there"…

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Added by Gary Holland on December 7, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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What a Slide Projector Taught Me About Painting!

What a Slide Projector Taught Me About Painting!

By Ed Bertolet

Sometimes lessons about painting can come from surprising places. In this case the lesson came from a slide projector.…

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Added by Edwin Bertolet on December 7, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Congratulations to Newest Signature Members, December 7, 2015

Congratulations and welcome to our newest Signature Members

Kathy O,Leary

Timon Sloane

Tatyana Fogart

Larry Cannon

Inna Cherneykina

Join us in giving them a hearty welcome!

Added by Director, Signature Services on December 7, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments


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“It’s Just Paint and Canvas” By Rick J. Delanty , 2015

“It’s Just Paint and Canvas”

2015

By Rick J. Delanty

www.delantyfineart.com

 

   What is the true” market value” of a painting? How does a potential collector know that a fair price is being offered? After all, the price can be negotiated…It’s not like a car, a stereo system, or a suit jacket that contains technical components and can be shopped between stores. It’s only paint and canvas, right?

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Added by Rick J. Delanty on December 3, 2015 at 9:31am — No Comments

Topanga Autumn, Early Morning Plein Air, part 3

This early November morning I headed down the road to a location nearby: Penny Road. This is one of my favorite morning views of Rochemont Rock. Back lit by the rising sun, this sandstone formation and the surrounding chaparral look very inviting for a plein air painter. Once again it was a Santa Ana condition with very crisp and clear air. This is the time when the morning colors are strong and contrasting. …

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Added by Elena Roché on November 30, 2015 at 7:27pm — 1 Comment

PETER STRAUSS RANCH En Plein Air

 

Allied Artists' members and non-members alike came to Peter Strauss Ranch for en plein air painting on November 14. I had a wonderful time with my friends at this paint-out. Among them were active artist members: pastel artist Bruce Trentham, oil painters Robert Scopinich, Carole Garland, Patty O'Hearn and watercolorist Larry Deeds. 

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Added by Elena Roché on November 30, 2015 at 7:22pm — No Comments


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Dynamic Observation

Dynamic Observation

By Ed Bertolet





What on earth is dynamic observation? I have coined that phrase to get your attention and to remind you that the way you see your subject is…

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Added by Edwin Bertolet on November 30, 2015 at 10:25am — 1 Comment


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Using a Single Brush

Try using a Single Brush to do a painting.

By Ed Bertolet



Using a single brush to do a painting will do two things for you... it will keep your work loose by preventing you…

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Added by Edwin Bertolet on November 29, 2015 at 6:05pm — No Comments

New Signature Members, November 27, 2015

Join us in welcoming our newest Signature Members and Signature Envoys! These members have survived the jury process and completed all prerequisites required to become full Signature Members or Signature Envoys. Signature Envoys are non-residents who have made significant contributions to our organization and/or have contributed significant artwork depicting the beautiful State of California. Please join us in welcoming them and showing your support for their…

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Added by Director, Signature Services on November 27, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments


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Start like a Butcher and Finish Like a Surgeon

Too often we make the job of painting a picture much more difficult than it needs to be. Mainly because we lack the patience and discipline to establish a good start and jump directly into painting detail way before we ought to. Maybe this is because we think if we can nail down a detail, we can build the rest of the painting around it. There are so many things to consider we feel overwhelmed and think this bit…

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Added by Edwin Bertolet on November 25, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment


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First, Be Creative

The Snake, mixed media, by Eleanor West Pendergrass…

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Added by Lori Putnam on November 24, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments


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Don't Handcuff Yourself!

Trying to be too literal will handcuff your efforts and almost guarantee a poor painting.



This is a very common misstep by outdoor painters. Especially in plein air where the objects you’re painting are right in front of you. Their immediacy almost demands you render them as they are. And, you’re being instructed to carefully observe the subtleties of local color, temperatures, reflected light and intensities. Nonetheless, resist slavishly duplicating your subject or you’re in…

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Added by Edwin Bertolet on November 23, 2015 at 11:33am — No Comments


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Don'f Handcuff Yourself.

Don’t Handcuff Yourself

Trying to be too literal will handcuff your efforts and almost guarantee a poor painting.



By Ed Bertolet



This is a very common misstep by outdoor painters. Especially in plein air where the objects you’re painting are right in front of you. Their immediacy almost demands you render them as they are. And, you’re being instructed to carefully observe the subtleties of local color, temperatures, reflected light and…

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Added by Edwin Bertolet on November 23, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments


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My Plein Air Challenge

Before I head out to paint I set myself a challenge which I write as short notes on my IPhone.  I reread them on site. This week it was  be different in your approach and had to do with the process of laying washes. At the end of the painting I want to feel I tried something new . In this case I did get a softer layer in the background due to the 4 layers of washes .…

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Added by Barbara Tapp on November 23, 2015 at 10:53am — No Comments

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We are very excited and pleased to announce this year’s candidates for Signature Membership. Selections were made based upon the strength of their plein air portfolios. As part of the selection process, their Membership Level is elevated to that of Painting Ambassador and upon completion of the required prerequisites they will become full Signature Members.Please join us in welcoming this year’s brand new Painting Ambassadors: Sybil JohnsonBev LazorNed MuellerWill MallerErnie DollmanWilliam…See More
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