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Here is how Max Cole once described his painting techinque:
I paint in the classical tonalist method with a bit of luminist and Hudson river school influence as well. The real truth is I go my own way and have developed a Max Cole "look" that is all my own.
I am classically trained in the old ways of painting and studied one on one with the late Russian master Efim Frumin . I use a combination of transparent and opaque paint in my work that few artist know about or are able to control. The magic is in the use of layering transparent colors, one over the other to create beautifully rich and vibrant color and at the same time a very real subtle quietness. I do not use sketches, plein air, projectors or anything else in the preparation of a painting. I learned many years ago to harness the power of unconscious creativity. When I paint, I sit down at the blank canvas and GO. That is it. What happens is what is suppose to happen. I let the painting dictate what is wants to be. I merely help it into existence. The interesting thing is....it never fails and the ideas are never exhausted. I can not remember the last time a painting did not work out. It is a beautiful experience and produces paintings with "heart". I do not know where the paintings come from but am very happy to be able to share them with others.
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