Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Tom Hudson

Whenever someone asks me what is the most important thing about art, my answer is unequivocal: DRAWING!

Many artists don’t like this answer. It’s easy to attack straw men when it comes to drawing, or any other aspect of art. But the main reason this answer is unpopular is that drawing is hard.  Drawing is like sports. It takes practice to develop muscles and it’s easy to get out of shape.  But it’s paramount. Drawing is where you meet yourself and discover who you are and where you find your voice.

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Over the past number of days, I’ve been up to my elbows in preparing canvases and working on the drawings for large-format (44″ x 60″) paintings.  The drawing can take a considerable amount of time.  There’s no point in skimping or rushing.  Besides, I LOVE IT!

Finished “John Fishing”

This morning I finished the 40″ x 48″ oil titled John Fishing. It should be titled John Fishing–ha ha. My son John is not an avid fisherman. Dropping his pole in the water then settling down for a nice snooze is his favorite fishing method. This is one of my boat series. Unlike the other…

In the studio 7/13/2014

As usual, here is a photo of recent unfinished work. I finished the background of Dinner in Trenton (large painting–44″ x 56″) yesterday. This morning I worked on Boat Hook (smaller painting. I continued working on the drawing for another large canvas–44″ x 60″.  I also stretched another 44″ x 60″ canvas and put the…

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I started a new cycle of paintings yesterday.  All paintings are 44″ x 60″. The only thing, really,that the paintings have in common is their size. It’s convent to buy stretchers in bulk. I build the stretchers by hand for paintings larger than 5′ x 6′. The first painting in the cycle isl in the drawing stage. It will take several more days to finish the drawing.

New easel

I am extremely happy with my new easel. It’s wider than my old workhorse easel and the mast expands higher, which means it can accommodate much larger paintings.  For as big as it is, it moves easily on its solid rollers.  There are stops next to each roller to keep it in place. It can…

My wife’s birthday

Yesterday was my wife Kathleen’s birthday. As a present, I planted these perennials in our front yard. The day was mild and the work was enjoyable. Like all good husbands, I cannot recall her age. I know she gets younger each year. Happy birthday, Kate!