Sketch, Design, Paint

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If DaVinci sketched before painting in 1500 and, if 500 years earlier Fan Kuan of  China’s Song Dynasty sketched before painting and, if Van Gogh sketched in 1888 before painting then, let’s conclude that sketching must be a valuable even … Continued

Atmospheres of Light and Dark

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The introduction of dissolving luminous atmosphere as practiced by J.M.W.  Turner and luminous 19th century tonalists like Corot or George Inness begins with Claude Lorrain.  All of these artists usually practiced the application of atmospheric perspective by dropping an obscuring … Continued

Reviving Classic Designs

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In 1559 Pieter Bruegel the Elder understood a principle now known as “gradient shift” which means:  patterns not only get smaller in the size of their parts as they appear to recede but also lose edge acuity, lose complexity, and … Continued

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