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Gregory Manchess

10 Things…Ideas

Everyone at one point or another has been worried about getting a good idea. No creative person is immune to the work of generating ideas. No one. We all share a common misconception: that ideas pop into mind fully formed by themselves, fresh, new, and creative. It feels like it should be that way. We constantly hear about how this artist or that writer sat down and let it happen on the page. After all,…

Perfect Passage, Subtle Observations

Frank Tenney Johnson was a fan of doing nocturnes, or night paintings. The conditions to capture a subject absorbed in moonlight depend on your ability to recognize subtle value and color. Specifically value.  Study the light in this Johnson painting. Besides the dense, solid black shadows under the horse and foliage, notice how subtle the mountain sits in the background while the cowboy’s shirt floats in the foreground plane of the piece, even though they’re…
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