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Stan Fellows has been an illustrator for thirty five years, painting for magazines, corporate clients, and children's books. Clients from the past two years include: Martha Stewart Living, Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Audubon, National Geographic, Field & Stream, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYU, Notre Dame, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, (what’s with all the airlines?...) Kiplinger's, Arts & Antiques, Simon & Schuster, and for six years he has worked monthly for the Wall Street Journal's Friday wine column. In his native Minneapolis he taught watercolor painting and illustration at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and has also taught watercolor workshops in Iowa City, where he lives with his daughter.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Pond hockey study. 5x7 oil on panel.

This was done yesterday after looking at the previous study of the same gesture; I realized I'd "squared up" the figure in the oil study, turning the figure towards the viewer a bit, while the pencil drawing of this figure is at more of an angle. 
This is a common ( and lifelong in my case) mistake people make when drawing a figure - There is a strong tendency to straighten-up a figure you are observing. You really need to tilt what you see more than what you think you are seeing, and generally that will turn out to be about right.
Another change was to set the figure on ice that is free of snow and reflective, which is very interesting to paint.

July 14 2009 SF

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