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Oh mann! (my last name is Mann, get it?) I’ve been neglecting my posting too long and have much catching up to do. I will do it. Foremost thing I must announce is this (seeing that there’s a time limit) – the online show going on! It lasts only until November 21, so be quick! The theme was “All Things Good Report and Praiseworthy,” which is plenty obscure enough that you can basically see art of any kind in the show. Lots of amazing artists were chosen to participate, and there are beautiful landscapes, abstract works, LDS subjects, still lifes, etc. And of course, I have a few things in the show too. These are the ones I entered.

Another Testament (boston show) On Top Hill Cumorah (boston show) Rocks in the Grove (small)

Part of the funds received will go towards scholarships for student artists and other aspiring artists. So it’s for a good cause too! Here’s the link.

http://mormon-art-show.myshopify.com/

Sidenote: The newest one among these is my painting entitled “Another Testament.” It shows a peaceful scene of the future Book of Mormon in it’s place on the Hill Cumorah, before Joseph Smith took them. I walked around this sacred hill many a times during my mission in Palmyra and used personal photo reference and memories to capture this fall landscape.

*If by any chance you miss the online show that ends November 21, please contact me if you are interested in purchasing these or any other paintings.

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Rocks in the Grove (small)

Oops! I realized I haven’t posted in a while, so I’ll start being better. I try to post at least once every month. Anyway, here’s an oil painting (roughly 15×19) of a scene in a grove of trees  in upstate New York. I painted it from photo reference, which is generally accepted to be easier than from life. A lot of artists will look down on painting from a photo. Cameras will to some extent “translate” what we see for us, so we lose some of that liberty to do so ourselves as artists. Colors, light, form – much of this is compromised in a photo. If you paint from life enough however, you can probably use some of that experience to supplement a photo painting.  I prefer painting from photos because I find that when I paint from life I go way too fast and can’t take my time on detail at all. But I certainly agree that it’s very necessary skill to be able to paint from life, so basically, do both! Find your own method.

If you’d  like to know more about the location of this painting, see my post from my other blog: themakershands.wordpress.com

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