It’s a Mystery to Me


When I decided to do my 31-Day Index Card Landscape Project as a way of studying tonalism, I planned the month out carefully. I ordered the materials I needed. I prepped my first 5 cards with gesso in anticipation of December 1, and because I wanted to make the project as simple and accessible as possible, I chose the artists whose works I would be using for inspiration: George Inness, Charles Warren Eaton, and Dwight William Tryon. These three were among the best-known tonalists. I felt I could learn a lot by drawing inspiration from a trio of different artists, seeing slight differences in their styles, and noting their color palettes. I did, indeed, learn a lot.

But, I digress.

My objective was to make the project convenient. I wanted to come to the studio each morning and quickly complete each day’s work. That consisted…

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