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Just the Way You Are

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Billy Joel’s Just the Way You Are is a favorite — both to listen and to play. Back in the 1980s this was one of the most-requested songs whenever I entertained friends or performed music. This lovely tune came quickly to mind recently as I finished the fifth of my “hot pink gessoed” index cards. Remember, in an earlier post I said you’d be seeing the last in the series? Yes, indeed. Here it is;

As always I feel compelled to offer the usual disclaimer. The photo is not good.  I think, though, that you can get a feeling of the rich warm colors.

By this point, I had learned a bit about working with that hot “bubble gum” pink undertone, so I knew how to create the shimmering orange skies. I was working again with a painting from Charles Warren Eaton as my inspiration. For the record…

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