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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Joe with his river scene
Photo: TAS Editor

June, Mary and Pat with Joe
Photo: TAS Editor

Joe Francis Dowden works with his board horizontal, which posed problems for Harry Yearsley our camera operator, but it enables him to use bold splattering techniques to create texture. He used an Arches 140lb Not support and a strong Cadmium Lemon to create the background glow. His palette is fairly dry so that his washes contain a lot of pigment. He uses the highest quality Neutral Tint in the darkest parts of his paintings in order to create the maximum tonal contrast with the lighter areas - giving the effect of strong lighting.