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March 11, 2017

"As you proceed eastward around the rim from the parking  lot at Hopi Point there is an overhang which provides shade, quiet and protection from the wind. The roof is blackened from old campfires; there is a perfectly convenient sitting rock and above it are smears of...

March 2, 2017

improvisation: mostly heard of in theatre and music. If realism is the script then observation and response without rehearsal is improvised art.

approximation: incomplete rendering. For sake of presentation, rendering means using the sharpest tool to communicate a reali...

February 23, 2017

Esthetic Free Form

Grounded in music. What is beauty, what is lasting.

Form: light, dark, outline, mathematics, generalized form, detailed form, universal form to classical studies. Architecture.

Pigments: transparent and opaque. Opaque for drawing, transparency for model...

February 15, 2017

From Merrill's sketchbook, 1977:

  " Between arrivals and departures of tour groups we swatted mosquitoes and marveled at the light cascading down the 600ft. sandstone wall above the ruin. 800 years ago the canyon would have echoed with people sounds, too. Not tourist t...

February 8, 2017

Following the geometric trail into natural form has brought me to paint dynamited rock.

Not every trail should be followed, but as many as possible leads to more confidence in understanding.

January 26, 2017

Excerpt from Merrill's book 'Upstream Downstream'.

About Small Watercolors:

To fully appreciate them is to understand that I invest as much thought and concentration into a small work on paper as I do a full size canvas. As the work scales down, so do the brushes. You ca...

January 21, 2017

Excerpt from Upstream Downstream, written by Merrill Mahaffey circa 1974:

 "In 1970 two friends and I coined the term Southern Colorado Long-Haired Trout Fisherman's Association. This was a cover for our summer fishing trips to the high lakes of Southern Colorado. Using...

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