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By Harry Croghan Contributing Columnist

Harry CroghanContributing Columnist
Harry CroghanContributing Columnist
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Besides the normal gallery hours, I will try to be at the Gallery on High, 5 E. High St. in London, painting during some off hours. You will know someone is there because the open flag will be out. I will be working on a variety of paintings from scenes to portraits and also working in a variety of art painting mediums from oils, acrylics and watercolors. If you’re close by, stop in and we’ll chat as I paint. It’s a good chance for you to see finished art and art in the process of being created.

I enjoy giving demonstrations on painting. Most of these demonstrations are done with acrylic paint because it dries faster than oils and its pigments are water soluble until it dries then it is very permanent. I have been using these painting mediums for over 50 years now and enjoy working with all of them. I like oil paints for portraits because it does dry slower and allows more time for mixing and blending colors on canvas. Yes, you read right. I often mix colors directly on my canvas. As for blending and softening edges, I find oil paint works best for me. Watercolor seems best when I want to capture the freshness of a subject. I often use it along hiking and bike paths and alongside country roads. In the Gallery on High I will be demonstrating all these medias so come and visit and come often if you wish to see a variety of techniques in several types of paint.

One of the quickest ways to learn to paint is to watch someone who is proficient and is at ease with others watching. Not all artists are at ease when others are watching. They become to self-conscious and it actually distracts them from producing a good painting. This hasn’t been a problem for me. I enjoy showing others how art is created and showing different techniques on how to achieve certain effects on canvas. In my art I keep no secrets. If I know something that I think will help another, I will tell them and show them how it can be done and if I know several ways of doing something, I will also impart that knowledge so they can choose the technique which suits their purpose best.

The show hanging on the walls demonstrate in a very visual way, the transition of this artist’s back and forth with the visual landscapes, and as of late, the internal landscapes which are based more on emotions and less on traditional symbols. This is definitely part of the ever-evolving and continuous experimenting world inside this artist.

These walls reveal part of my truth in a visual experience I don’t think you will want to miss. Regular gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. on Fridays (with an artist reception on March 14 during this time), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. But look for the open flag in front to see if I’m there or call and make a special time.

Come talk; come listen; come watch; come learn.

Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at (740) 852-4906 or by e-mail at hrcroghan@icloud.com.

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