Random thoughts and musings on my personal experiences in art and life. In no way, shape, or form do I declare to be the ultimate source of this information; rather, I am trying to put my own spin on topics that existed way before me and, certainly, will continue well past my existence. With that, I share the following with you and hope you find it enlightening, engaging, and somewhat helpful.
Through the power of observation, it is important to learn how to see objects as shapes rather than the literal translation of what we know them as. We have to forget everything we think we know and open up a more creative, right brain approach to visualization. To help with this, I recommend "Your Artist's Brain" by Carl Purcell.
I may be the minority in this camp, but I really enjoy working on my website. For me, it is an extension of my art and a sincere attempt at providing insight to me as a person. Squarespace, the service provider I chose for all things web-related, is an indispensable tool for me.
One of the most important fundamentals of painting is to understand values. The book "Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting" by John F. Carlson distills this into a Theory of Angles. This post applies that theory to a reference picture I took in Paradise Valley, Montana.