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Tutorial: Dancing Stroke, step by step

Lets take a look at the step by step process I use to paint the background using my favorite photo of the blue leaves.   I tape off in order to isolate the upper right hand corner of the photo. Then, as I generally do, I decide

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The Dancing Stroke

A Strategy for Painting Densely Leaved Backgrounds. My use of what I call the ‘dancing stroke’ began its evolution when I moved to Costa Rica seven+ years ago. Everywhere I looked there were strokes of shapes – leaves – layers and layers of them. Coming from New

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Gallery Art Page

An example of a Gallery page between chapters. GALLERY – ART    ‘MY ANIMAL FAMILY’    After Chapter 4, ‘Magic Moments’   Livvie, my angel German shepherd was wonderful on her own, but even better once she had Seurat as her partner and playmate. The two became inseparable and

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Painting Fall and the Nambe Cottonwood

When I lived in northern New Mexico (1993 – 2008) I always looked forward to fall when the glorious cottonwoods showed themselves off in their finest colors! Golds and yellows and deep oranges with some lovely reds and purples lurking in the shadows!  The village of Nambe

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Sage’s Sunday Morning

Sunday morning. Slow. Quiet. No plans. Perfect. After making coffee and feeding the animals I made my way to my computer thinking I’d continue where I left off yesterday on Chapter 22. Suddenly – a loud bang! I walked to the open front door and looked out

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Colors of Tuscany – A Journey for Painters – this Fall!

A great opportunity for YOU, the artist – A Painter’s Journey. The tour will enable you to immerse yourself in painting or sketching or  journaling or photography in the most spectacular places in Tuscany!  Open to all painters, all media – this is your chance to be

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Addicted No More!

  April 19, 2015 I arrived in Costa Rica in 2008, addicted. Unlike addiction to heroin or cocaine, my addiction was socially acceptable and even proudly proclaimed. I was part of up to 70% of north Americans who are addicted to sugar. I have beat my addiction

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Life After Life

February, 2015 It was the end of February, and just a couple of weeks from the anniversary date I was both looking forward to as well as dreading – the year anniversary of Frank’s death that happened on March 10 2014. On this particular day I was

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Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday 2014

Wishing You a WonderFull Holiday Season and New Year! 2014 was definitely a most significant year from my perspective. And a huge shift in what I am calling, for lack of a better term, my personal spiritual journey of consciousness. What is consciousness? There are only about

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Six Years and Counting

On Christmas Eve this year I will have completed my sixth year here in Costa Rica. Six years and counting. When I think back upon my arrival it seems both like just yesterday – as well as a long long time ago. My arrival on Christmas Eve to my purchased old

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