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The Art of the Steal – Documentaries I Like

The Art of the Steal – Documentaries I Like

| April 2, 2013

The Art of the Steal by IFC Films I am a nut about documentaries. I watch one or two per week and I am always thrilled when I find one that captivates me from start to finish. Today’s recommendation is The Art of the Steal, which chronicles a dramatic struggle for control of the Barnes […]

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Benedictine Monasteries: Melk Abbey, Austria

Benedictine Monasteries: Melk Abbey, Austria

| January 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

While visiting Vienna for eight days last December, we decided to take two day trips…one to Bratislava, Slovakia, and the other to Melk, Austria. If you are intrigued by Benedictine Monasteries, seeing the abbey at Melk is well worth your time. The Melk Abbey, one of the most famous […]

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Color vision test: How is your color vision?

Color vision test: How is your color vision?

| June 19, 2012

Color Vision Test I use X-Rite products to color calibrate my monitors and found this nifty color vision test. It gives you four color bars to descramble based on hue. The color transitions are very subtle and it is harder than you would think to get them in perfect hue order. I took the test […]

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Pencil Sketch – “On the Way to Yosemite”

Pencil Sketch – “On the Way to Yosemite”

| June 10, 2012

Pencil Sketch: Yosemite Barn I feel like I should celebrate somehow. This is my 300th post here at A Day Not Wasted. Thanks so much to everyone who participates in the challenges. It has been a lot of fun and I am looking forward to seeing many more! Anyway, above is my pencil sketch for […]

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Oil Painting – Château d’Azay-le-Rideau

Oil Painting – Château d’Azay-le-Rideau

| November 26, 2011

Ahhhh, a holiday weekend with plenty of time to paint. Well, here it is – my November painting challenge submission of Château d’Azay-le-Rideau. Although I started with a pretty tight drawing, I tried to keep my brushstrokes loose. I struggled a bit with the reflection but generally like how it turned out.  OK, I will […]

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November Challenge Sketch – Azay le Rideau

November Challenge Sketch – Azay le Rideau

| November 20, 2011

Here the sketch I will use to paint Azay le Rideau for the November ADNW challenge. To make the sketch, I first drew a 1-inch grid overlay on top of the reference photo using Photoshop. To keep things simple, I printed the gridded photo at actual size, which is 11 x 14. I then drew […]

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Loire Chateaux Series

Loire Chateaux Series

| November 2, 2011

Framed Prints of the Loire Chateaux I am planning to start selling my work in nicely made museum quality frames. To test possibilities, I thought I would first visualize a Loire chateaux series of framed French Chateau images processed in sepia. To me these images work well with an aged photo technique because the structures […]

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Loire Valley Boathouse – Stressing the Focal Point in Photography

Loire Valley Boathouse – Stressing the Focal Point in Photography

| October 30, 2011

What could be more perfect than a boat tied to a quaint little boathouse with flowers everywhere and no swing set in the back yard? The beautiful scene above is one we ran across while visiting Chateau Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley. As I crossed the bridge, I was instantly drawn to the near perfect […]

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Big Thanks for Amazing September Challenge Submissions

Big Thanks for Amazing September Challenge Submissions

| October 15, 2011

Wow! I am completely blown away by your work this month. It the most successful challenge so far by the number of submissions and, in my opinion, it also showcases the best work so far. When showing this month’s submissions to Donna and my friends, I have never heard more, “Wow, these are amazing,” comments. […]

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Pencil Sketch: Paris Waitress

Pencil Sketch: Paris Waitress

| September 28, 2011

I just had to give this one a go. It has been a while since I have done a pencil sketch. I think I will try another when I have time and just focus on her face. This drawing is about 10 inches high and I found it difficult to work the right amount of […]

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