prepare six dishes


Rising Mist 23.07.16 In Progress

The last section, Part IV, of Tony Smibert’s book Painting Landscapes from you Imagination, which I began working through at the beginning of the month, is titled: The Projects, of which there are three, and today I began the first – Rising Mist.

The palette. You’ll need to have all your colors ready to go,” writes Tony.
Prepare six dishes of the following colors: Yellow Ochre, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Hooker’s Green, Lamp Black. The last dish will contain your gray made from Phthalo Blue and Light Red.”


The color notes are a way of planning before you begin”


to be continued…

Although I was working in my studio in Vancouver my thoughts were many thousands of miles away with the people of Kabul where so many lost their lives or were injured in yet another terrorist crime against humanity today. I may be painting and trying to bring color and joy into the world but I want you to know that my heart breaks with each and every one of these terrible events that our world is experiencing with a too unbearable regularity.


  1. This is really neat! I can’t wait to try the exercises, and projects. My book arrived yesterday, and I’ve only been able to read two chapters so far. I hope to be able to get further into it tomorrow, then begin to start following along soon! I want to preread it, so I know what to expect before I get started.

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  2. It’s terribly hard when faced with such an onslaught of brutality to imagine what on earth we are doing to change things. But I know this. Being decent, being kind, being gentle, being peaceful and producing things of beauty is touching lives – many lives in your blogging world and that in itself is a tiny sliver of light in the darkness that pervades our thoughts.

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    1. Thanks Tina. If only it wasn’t necessary but sadly there is no end in sight. Another event in Baghdad today. Hope you are home safely after your travels. Best wishes.


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