I no longer post to my blog, but it contains several years worth of short articles I've written regarding various painting tips, thoughts, and inspiration for pastelists and oil painters. I began the blog in 2011 simply as a resource for students I taught at my studio at the time. I stopped posting in 2018, but even though I've grown in my artistic journey since then, much of what I've shared here is still relevant, and therefore I've kept it visible for anyone who cares to skim though it.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Softening Edges on Structures
Red Bucket on the Porch, 11 x 14
As a landscape artist, I'm always looking for ways to soften edges of leaves, grass, clouds, etc. And except for things like rocks and edges of tree trunks, most everything in the landscape usually does have a soft edge. Which is why I find it challenging to paint structures that actually do have hard edges on all sides. As I studied the work of other artists who are especially skilled at this, I examined how they pick and choose which edges to define, and which edges to lose, or simply have them fade into another area. I enjoyed challenging myself to do this during a demonstration of this tightly cropped house in a recent class.