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The Making Of “Black Hats” – From Concept To IAPS Exhibition

The 42nd IAPS Open Division Online Exhibition is now open for viewing. And I’m happy to say that my painting, Black Hats, was accepted into the show. Oh what a feeling!!! I’m even more delighted to share that this acceptance gives me the fifth point necessary to add IAPS/MC after my name. Whoo hoo! So

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Gail Sibley, "Gazing at Gertrud," Unison Colour pastels on UART 400 paper, 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. Detail

My Painting Is Finished! Or Is It?

Another painting in my Gallery Goers series is done! It’s such a great feeling when you think a painting is finished. But then I came back a few days later. Something wasn’t quite right. I hadn’t noticed it while working on the piece – too close to it physically, mentally, and emotionally. I needed some

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Rearrange elements in a photo: Gail Sibley, "Black and White Opposites," Unison Colour pastels on UART paper., 12 x 8 in. Cropped

Rearrange Elements In A Photo For A Better Painting

So often when we work from photographs we are seduced by what’s there. We follow it with complete devotion and without deviation. In the end, all we have is a copy of the photo. Our painting doesn’t actually say much about us or why we chose to paint the picture. This is one of the

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