Thursday, July 22, 2010

Selective index of seminal posts

There is a difference between a book and a blog. If this were a book I could assume you had read the early chapters rather than only the most recent. Many of you have only read the blog for several months, and I want to encourage you to read some of the early posts. I am going to provide a list of selected links for you all tonight. If you haven't read these, you might. Some of the best and most informative posts are from that era. Her are a few.

My palette

My palette 2

Some things I have seen


About Varnish

Making a value scale

Brushes 1

Color vibration 1

Color vibration 2

Color vibration 3

Suppression of values in the light

Light and shadow

The bedbug line

The rhythmic line

Art and price

Why form matters

Herding sheep

Variety of shape

That ought to keep you busy for a while. I am going to continue with this tomorrow. The idea of the blog has been to write down everything I have learned about painting. I began by writing the most nuts and bolts entries I could. They are real basic and I think if you haven't read them you will find them useful.

I will return to critiquing some more submitted paintings after that. I do like to mix things up some.

It looks like I have enough interest to do a class in the fall in California. If you are interested too, e-mail me and I will get back to you. This doesn't commit you to the workshop but helps me to build a list of interested parties,


Unknown said...

I'm glad you posted this ... now I can go back and review ...

Sergio Lopez said...

Where in California are you planning on holding the workshop? I live in Northern Cali & would strongly consider attending said...

This is even a good revue for all of long time readers too.Easier to flip the pages of a book.(Hin t- Hint)

jimserrettstudio said...

Thanks for making the index, some great articles in there. The closing thoughts on mediums had me laughing and nearly spitting out my morning coffee.
Wonderful info and a great sense of humor.
Again thanks for sharing your work.

Steve Baker said...

Read your blog daily, great stuff, thanks. This is a great post. I have searched around a bit the last couple months (since I found you) but it's good to have the index to guide me through what you think is most important.
The palette posts do raise a question. I am curious why you have laid out the colors the way you have. It seems a bit odd and I wonder if there is some logic I'm not seeing or if it simply evolved that way. I lay out my colors in order, upper left, white, down from there cad lemon, yellow ochre, raw umber, burnt sienna. cad red light, Indian red, anthraquinone, then across the top white, veridian, cerulean, ultra blue and ivory black. Your palette on the other hand seams to jump back and forth. I see an order to the top but the reds are separated, the blues are separated, I don't know that it matters much but I am curious.
Steve Baker

billspaintingmn said...

If radiant light can make things noble, then noble things can have radiant light.
This blog is radiant light for sure.

Karla said...

Thanks for highlighting some great past posts. I had missed a few of them.

I used your lesson on getting the paint right on the pallet before putting it on the canvas into practice....I improved by leaps and bounds!! (IMHO). Thanks so much.

By the way, your Maine paintings are wonderful!

willek said...

Hey...I spent 3/4 hour on the review and thought I had it all committed to memory but then saw this: That comment in the pallette post about zinc white keeping color from being chalky... Think that is really so? I suppose I could try for myself...

willek said...

Stape, you just have to write the book. I have review the catagories in the past at various times and aasa terrific as they are, it just is not the same as thumbing through a book. But, while doing the book please do not start skipping days of postings.

Deborah Paris said...

Stape- your fans clamor for more-and rightly so. Your entertaining, slightly wicked sense of humor overlays a seriousness of purpose and generosity few can match.

Mary Bullock said...

Really great idea about indexing the posts! Thanks so much.

James Gunter said...

I've read all of these posts at least twice, and will probably read them again, so they are still keeping me busy! These posts are very useful, and I want to wring every bit of information I can out of them.

By the way, I was painting in Little Cottonwood Canyon last week, around Alta and Albion Basin. Also, Big Cottonwood Canyon, and Heber Valley, not far from Park City. Great places to paint, even without much snow!

willek said...

A bunch of us are painting at Halibut Point Friday afternoon.Tomorrow. That should get some critique material for you.

Stapleton Kearns said...


Stapleton Kearns said...

Main Loop;
I don't know that yet. I will poll those interested.

Stapleton Kearns said...

I am already writing for hours a day. How would I add to that?

Stapleton Kearns said...


Stapleton Kearns said...

My palette has evolved organically. I don't know how logical it is. I have colors grouped by common mixtures (for me) and I have similar colors spaced well apart so I don't get the wrong ones. I have a warm and a cool of everything and novelty colors out on the ends.

Stapleton Kearns said...

Thanks. This blog is a lot of work.

Stapleton Kearns said...

Thank you. I love thinking I am useful. Its an old man thing.

Stapleton Kearns said...

I as not fond of zinc, but that is why people use it,

Stapleton Kearns said...

I will write a book, but not this week. The blog is a forced writing program for me, and it will give me both practice and inventory. But I am writing so much now and that would be an addition to that. I also don't have capital to do a book. I did meet a fine editor though,

Stapleton Kearns said...

I try to keep the wickedness to a minimum. In person I am far more nasty.I am also 32 feet tall and weigh over 1600 pounds.

Stapleton Kearns said...

You know you are the first person who found my blog, that was when I was getting 20 readers a month.

Stapleton Kearns said...

You are in a great place. I think I told you I went there for our honeymoon.

Stapleton Kearns said...

Good luck with that. I hope you get some surf.Have your gang e-mail me images to eviscerate.