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30 Minutes to Become a Better Artist

30 Minute Painted Quick Sketch   Improving How You See in 30 Minutes The Video for the Painted Quick Sketch is Below A common problem in painting is in understanding color.  There are countless colors in paints, but no matter how many we use, we often still create a flat, convoluted mess.  Paintings often lack [...]

30 Minutes to Become a Better Artist2014-03-09T11:45:08-06:00

My Demo Painting at SmithKlein Gallery – Painting From A Snapshot Picture

Painting from a Snapshot Photograph At SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, CO., last month, I painted a demonstration of how I sometimes work directly from a single photo. Before anything else, I do want to stress the importance of working from life as much as possible.  In order to understand tonal value (the graduating differences from [...]

My Demo Painting at SmithKlein Gallery – Painting From A Snapshot Picture2014-01-28T23:23:34-06:00

El Duende, Oil on Linen – by Matt Abraxas

El Duende, Oil on Linen - by Matt Abraxas El Duende is a beautiful word.  It comes from Latin mythology, originally referring to a fairy or goblin creature, but when referred to the arts, it refers to Soul.  To say Soul, however, doesn't encapsulate the full depth that El Duende expresses.  Language is a funny [...]

El Duende, Oil on Linen – by Matt Abraxas2014-02-26T17:36:56-06:00

Recent Work

Recent Work from Matt Abraxas It is more difficult than it seems fitting to write a new blog now and then. I suppose I'm grateful to the lone subscriber and the two or three people who actually read these, otherwise I'd feel obliged to spew anything I can think of. I will, at some point, [...]

Recent Work2014-02-26T17:34:01-06:00

Remastering a Painting

Remastering an Old Painting - Art of Repainting Feather Boa Skirt - 2009 I painted this over a year ago.  When I saw it on the gallery wall, I felt at once that this was a piece I had rushed to call finished.  Nate, the curator of Smith Klein Gallery, said he liked [...]

Remastering a Painting2014-02-26T17:27:04-06:00