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Painting Tom

Painting Tom is a short film by Jake Harness. Jake is a young filmmaker and Painting Tom is part of his documentary on creative people.

To my suprise, I enjoyed the experience. Painting Tom is, as you might guess, about me painting.

Finished? Not finished? Finished? Not finished?

How do you know when a painting is finished?Many artists have trouble determining when a painting is finished. It can be excruciatingly painful to let a painting go, especially after you worked on it for a long time. If like me, you focus on problems as you work, it can be easy to fixate on…

Turpentine diaries 11/25/17

Yesterday’s Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful at our house.  We had three of our children here to share my wife’s delicious turkey and stuffing. Daughter Jane baked an apple pie, and son Keith made deep-fried mac and cheese.  The latter was something I’d never eaten.  Everything was excellent and, for once, I didn’t eat too much. This morning…

Turpentine diaries 10/22/17

To some, my studio might look like a jumbled mess, but to me, it looks ordered and purposeful.  I have three easels. I use the third one, the one not shown, for drawings.  I expanded my palette from my habitual dozen colors to what you see now on my home-made palette.  Just because I no longer count…

Dream

I frequently dream about paintings. Sometimes I’ll act on the dream and make a painting or drawing.  I dreamed about the image in this little study three nights running.  This small oil took 10 minutes to paint.  Dream is 12″ x 16″.

Some watercolors

Odds and ends.  Today, I finished the landscape (somewhere around Monterey) and worked on the figure with the striped shirt (my wife Kathleen).  It still needs work.  Both are watercolors.  The pen and ink drawing of the figure behind the landscape is on bristle board.  My watercolor kit.  The bottom drawer contains watercolor tubes.  I…

Two paintings today

I used to think speed is important in art making.  Speed relates to spontaneity–some say–and spontaneity guarantees authenticity, if not creativity.  While spontaneity is important in art making, it’s not fundamental.  Even if you insist that spontaneity is essential, you can’t make the same claim for speed.  Speed is simply irrelevant. Another important idea for…