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Brian Rutenberg's Clear Seeing Place

Brian Rutenberg’s Clear Seeing Place

  After seeing an exhibition by Henri Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn wrote that he began to internalize new ways of looking, seeing, and translating the experience of the physical world onto canvas, a process that eventually became the centering point to his art practice for the rest of his life. As I have mentioned before, Diebenkorn is […]

Workshop News

Workshop News

Spaces are still available in my one and only workshop in 2017. It will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 27-29. We will spend three exciting days looking at new and creative ways of seeing and translating subject matter into paintings that express your true artistic center. Please join us! Here is the link and more info on […]

Chatting With Matisse and Diebenkorn

Chatting With Matisse and Diebenkorn

Henri Matisse: “Exactitude is not truth.”  ……  Richard Diebenkorn: “One wants to see the artifice of the thing as well as the artist.”    Henri Matisse: “I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.”  ……  Richard Diebenkorn: “It’s starting with a plan and letting the painting change your mind.”  Recently I had the great […]

What is Opaque Watercolor?

What is Opaque Watercolor?

Opaque Watercolor: combining watercolor with gouache and painting in an opaque manner. Watercolor is usually synonymous with the idea of transparency, but combining watercolor pigments with gouache and painting in an opaque manner (applying paint somewhat thickly and in layers) allow me to work in the kind of spontaneous and improvisational way that appeals to me. With opaque watercolor, I can put colors down and if […]