Sunday, August 1, 2010


I love dark lacy things against a bright sky.  Although this old iron bell buoy, now gracing the shoreline in Rockland, Maine, may not seem lacy, nevertheless it has a quality of lacy holes that made it appealing to me.

The old adage "Keep It Simple, Stupid", is often mysterious advice to students.  In this case the simplicity involves a limited palette.  The reddish-brown undertone unifies the landscape and makes putting the darks down simpler.  Not having to duplicate local color limits thinking to values, always an element of paramount importance.  To keep things simple, try a limited palette.

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