Author Archives: Rocco

I Am

                                                                By Rocco Campanella I am the sparkle of sunlight on lush summer leaves.  And when the mystery of twilight hastens the moon, I can be heard in the song of the night sparrow. I am the glint from the … Continue reading

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Introduction

I began painting at around the age of 60.  Prior to that I had little experience in oil painting except for one intro to painting class I took in college.  It started simply out of a desire to find a … Continue reading

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Supplies: Part 1

There is a considerable amount of money to be made in the art world, and most of it is by retailers of art supplies. Most of us paint as an avocation, and we have day jobs that actually pay the … Continue reading

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Supplies: Part 2

Canvas (requires a coating of Gesso) Painting on canvas is simply convention and was initiated around the 16th century because it was cheaper to produce than traditional wood panels, and also easier to transport.  One of the reasons some artists … Continue reading

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Potpourri

ILLUSION Oil painting, regardless of the composition or the skill of the artist, is a magic trick.  Those who believe they are actually reproducing the actual event (whatever is included in the painting) are engaging is self deception.  Oil painting … Continue reading

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Painting From The Heart

  Painting from the heart means that the artist creates a reflection not of their visual sensory system, but rather a reflection from their inner eye.  What exists in the 3rd dimension can be validated by the observations of others … Continue reading

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You Are Not Your Brain

A primitive tribe is found in the dense forests of South America. The tribe has never had contact with modern civilization. While the tribe is sleeping a battery operated radio with a clear plastic case is set into the middle … Continue reading

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Composition, Strategy & Perspective

What greatly affects the appeal of a painting is how the major forms are put together.  Forms are those general items that you can separate by location on the canvas as well as its defining attributes.   As an example, some … Continue reading

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Fan Brush Frenzy

The use of the fan brush became addictive because I could quickly create an outdoor scene with little effort and use of three colors…Thalo Green, Yellow Hue and Zinc White all sort of slammed together in a wet on wet … Continue reading

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What Is It?

What is it?   It is water.  Actually it is an illusion of water.  It is impossible to paint water itself because H20 (water) is clear.  How the hell are you going to paint something that is clear?  Unlike a … Continue reading

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