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Winter Inveartion by Brightstone
Winter Inveartion
This is my last painting for Holiday Open Studio at Digital Art Academy. I actually started this painting a 4 weeks before this class began as a result of taking Karen's (my instructor) Critique class. She encouraged me to continue to work on tone and value. So this painting was an attempt to highlight these two visual elements and to apply the many concepts that she covered in her critique and self-evaluation course. Following the process that she set up for each of us, helped me better understand the process of painting and self-expression. I had Karen take a quick look at the painting in the final stages and she encouraged me to develop more interest in the ice. I used a CitraSolo that I purchased from Eva Marie along with her book. It was great for developing the random placement of broken ice in the stream. I was going after the effect of white milky chunks of ice frozen  in clear ice. I tried to show some reflection of the darker trunks of trees to add visual interest in the ice. The overall effect that I was trying for was to achieve in this painting  the look of a temperature inversion that happens here in the valleys of Utah. This is an effect where cold dense air is trapped below warmer air higher in the atmosphere. As the days stretch in two weeks the air becomes very thick with moisture and pollution, automobile exhaust, would smoke and who knows what. As the sun shine through this dense air, it takes on on almost as light tobacco stain color. Most of the people of my town hate these inversions but I find them incredible visual experience for painting and photography.
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Moonlight and Fog  by Brightstone
Moonlight and Fog
 I thought it would be fun to combine moonlight and fog. I'm going to be spending Christmas again with my daughter on the foothills of Mount Hood in Oregon. Last year we were there for two weeks and we had heavy fog for the whole time. So this is a combination of my imagination and my memory of last Christmas. Definitely on the sentimental side with the point of almost being cheesy. I know my to teenage granddaughters will find this painting interesting. I have broken one of the composition rules that Karen has taught me these last few years and that is to always have the greatest amount of contrast for the center of interest. Since the subject was fog I placed my center of interest in the fog with as little detail as I could but still able to recognize the subject. I tried to use a limited color palette hoping to get that cold damp feeling that I remember so well from Oregon's fog.
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Woodblock Tree 2 by Brightstone
Woodblock Tree 2
Taking a new class at Digital Art Academy. This week we are working on Woodblock.
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Wood Block  by Brightstone
Wood Block
Taking a new class at Digital Art Academy. This week we are working on Woodblock.
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Cary Cox Moab Ut
United States
I am working on creating my own Book of Shadows, adapting rituals from numerous sources and creating original layouts and designs. I'm using a great deal of influence from Celtic culture, as well as shaman culture of the Southwest.

I am an amateur photo illustrator using Photoshop and Painter 12, and working in numerous drawing mediums, watercolor and photography. I am developing a large rock garden using native plants from my area, as well as manage the garden around my bed and breakfast. I'm an enthusiastic cook which is good because I usually have around 16 people for breakfast each morning.

Raised as a Mormon, converted to the Catholic Church in my 20s, became a member of Metropolitan community Church for the last 30 years. I am becoming deeply concerned over the effects of organized Christian and Muslim beliefs on the world as a whole. I judge a spiritual belief system by who it includes rather by who it excludes. I am interested in moving towards a more naturalistic set of beliefs based in the natural world and moving away from materialism. I see myself as a Humanistic Pagan.

Humanistic Paganism is a naturalistic way of life rooted in nature, myth, and wonder. It accepts modern science as the best way to access knowledge about our world, and myth as a particularly useful means of enriching and deepening experience.

Like everyone I am looking for peace of mind and a way to live in harmony with the world around me. As I reflect on my life and move into a more thoughtful and spiritual point, I find myself more at home in the desert than I do in the city.

There is a certain majesty and reverence in the wide open spaces of the Southeastern Canyonlands of Utah. During winter I wander through desert panorama of rock and sky and during the heat of summer, trek through the high alpine meadows of the Western Rockies.

My maternal Grandmother practice a naturalistic lifestyle and helped me to understand and see the natural world at a very early age. She was also a mentor for me, on how to live a simple non-materialistic lifestyle

My partner David and I run a bed and breakfast, The Mayor's House B/B, mayorshouse.com/ in southern Utah, close to Canyonlands and Arches National Park. We are involved in many outdoor activities conducive to living in the desert Southwest. We are avid rock collectors and enjoy working with semi precious gemstones. We spend a great deal of time exploring the many canyons and mountains surrounding the Colorado Plateau.


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DavisJes Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
happy birthday
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Sandgroan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HAPPY  BIRTHDAY to you :cake:

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WillowRaevyn Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
Love the BOS pages you have been creating - haven't seen the element of earth pages - are they being worked on or did I miss them somewhere?  Will you be offering up the completed book at some point, or what plans (if any) do you have for it?  Thanks for sharing what you have done so far - the pages are stunning!
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TinaLouiseUk Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fav fella (Badge) Thank you Agree
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NightsSilver Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student Artist
You have done an amazing job on you Book of Shadows!!
I am making my own with my Pack and you have given lots of ideas of what we will have in our own Books of Shadows. :D
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Love-To-Share-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for faving my stock.
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Love-To-Share-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the fav's.
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Sketchbookuniverse Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Many thanks for the watch.
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke for faving ^_^
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