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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.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A painter I'm working with asked yesterday about painting foliage and how to deal with all the confusing shapes.
To demonstrate I used my always-handy fake flowers. Of the 20-30 flowers/leaves/stems that could be seen I picked out about 3 flowers and a couple leaves, drew and then painted them with great care. The rest of the leaves and flowers I let go, sometimes working wet into wet, sometimes making abstract shapes and colors, all of this simply to approximate the values and colors but making no attempt to capture any detail besides the 3 previously painted flowers.

Nov. 18 2010 SF


Countrygal said...

Great reflection..the vase is so good. I really enjoy your sketches, there's always so much to see and learn.

BTW the video link to youtube works just fine :-)


Sadami said...

Dear Stan,
Your work always makes me happy. Thank you for sharing.
Kind regards, Sadami