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"On the Rocks" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I really enjoyed painting “Under the Sea” and it made me want to do another beach scene. I’m actually not very satisfied with how this piece turned out. The foreground perspective was rather challenging and it still feels a bit off to me. I told Sara how much trouble I had with it so she named the painting “On the Rocks.” It was definitely a rocky experience—pun intended!

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"A New Dawn" - 12x9” - Acrylic on Canvas -

For Good Friday, I wanted to do a painting with a bit of an Easter theme. Sara showed me a photo she had taken of the old Lambertville Outlet Lock and I thought it would be neat to add a door and give it a tomb-like feeling. I actually redid the foreground several times before being satisfied with it. I wanted the warm, sun-lit path to draw the viewer’s gaze toward the tomb and the mysterious light coming from inside.

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"Under the Sea" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

Before I got back to doing landscapes I thought it would nice to do another wildlife painting. I chose a sea turtle because they’re one of my niece’s favorite animals. I love the color palette in this piece but the detail work was a bit of a pain with all the lines in the flippers. The shell texture was also challenging, but overall, I’m happy with how it turned out.

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"Chillin'" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I’ve wanted to try painting a tiger for a long time but just never got around to it. I figured now was as good a time as any! This piece was actually a bit a breakthrough for me. I wanted it to be simple but still realistic and I think I succeeded in my goal. I don’t usually enjoy painting, it’s hard work and tiring, but this piece was a refreshing change and I hope it makes my future paintings go smoother.

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"Time Off" - 12x16” - Acrylic on Canvas -

Even after “Tranquil Path” I still felt like I needed a break so I thought it would be fun to do a calm vacation scene. The most challenging part of this piece was getting the light on the water right. I actually tried doing a boat at first but got rid of it and painted the tent and campfire instead. I’m not a huge camping fan—I’m too concerned about bear attacks—but it’d be nice to get lost in this scene for a while and I hope the viewer feels the same way!

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"Tranquil Path" - 12x16” - Acrylic on Canvas -

After several wildlife paintings I wanted to get back to doing landscapes. I actually tried two scenes before this one but scrapped them because they just didn’t feel right. This painting was inspired by those failures and my desire for quiet and calm. It was refreshing for me as an artist to paint such a simple scene and I hope it’s equally refreshing for the viewer.

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"Simba" - 5x7” - Acrylic on Canvas -

Some friends commissioned this pet portrait for their niece when her beloved cat, Simba, died recently. They said she trained him to take walks with her and caused quite a stir around their neighborhood. He must have been a very special cat and I hope I captured not just his likeness, but his spirit in this painting.

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"Lurking" - 12x16” - Acrylic on Canvas -

Someone asked me to paint a whale underwater but I haven’t been able to find a good reference image yet. Instead I found this shark and was instantly captured by the eerie drama of the scene. The whole painting went really smoothly and someday I’d like to do a similar piece with a hammerhead shark.

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"Snow Day" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

It’s been a while since I’ve done any animal paintings, so I wanted to try another. This piece was inspired by all the snow we’ve had here recently. At first, I created a more detailed background, but when it detracted from the horse’s form and movement, I simplified it. This inspired me to also simplify the color palette and give the illusion that the horse was a part of the snow itself. I really enjoyed accentuating that illusion and may try a similar piece with water in the future.

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"Starlight Star Bright" - 12x16” - Acrylic on Canvas -

This piece was a bit of an experiment. I wanted to try painting a night sky and had fun creating the stars with a splatter technique but the foreground trees felt rather flat when I was finished. I thought adding some fire would give them more interest and almost added an alien tripod in the background, but in the end settled for a simple full moon.

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"First Snow" - 9x12” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I was originally going to do this as a Christmas painting and tried adding ornaments and light strands to the little tree, but in the end it just didn’t fit with the piece as a whole. Instead, I created a more dramatic sense of lighting to give the scene a touch of magic. This is definitely not my favorite piece, but the background trees were enjoyable and I will probably revisit the subject in the future.

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"Derbyshire Dawn" - 11x14" - Acrylic on Canvas -

I wanted to paint another broader landscape like “Once Upon a November” and chose this scene because of the dramatic lighting. The unusual perspective provided a nice challenge and I enjoyed using various tones to achieve a sense of distance. Sara says I should have changed the rocks in the foreground to sleeping sheep, but I told her if she squints to blur her vision a bit, she can just pretend they’re sheep! lol

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"Drama Road" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I loved the mysterious quality of this scene and thought it would be an apt way to start off the new year. The orange light in the background could be a beautiful sunset or a raging forest fire; this is exactly how 2021 feels to me—will it end in prosperity or disaster? I really wanted to play up the contrast in this scene and draw the viewer’s eye down the road to an uncertain future.

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~ White (Pure Titanium White)
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~ Green (Custom Mix of Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, & Titanium White)
~ Yellow Green (Custom Mix of Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, & Titanium White)
~ Yellow (Custom Mix of Cadmium Yellow Medium & Titanium White)
~ Sky Blue (Ultramarine Blue & Titanium White)
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Welcome to Perceiving Light!

⁣⁣My name is Timothy Stanford and I'm an acrylic painter. My work is a constant journey of discovery as I strive to achieve a reasonable balance between personal style and realism. Each painting is a new challenge and an opportunity for growth. My main focus is the study of light as it plays across glorious landscapes, majestic wildlife, and sometimes...mythical worlds. I hope you'll come along on this journey with me...⁣⁣

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⁣0:05 - "Once Upon a November" - https://youtu.be/4JV5_WHhl3w
0:07 - "Into the Light" - https://youtu.be/n5vQoeiNMqQ
0:11 - "Tropical" - https://youtu.be/Do0fwzvip3g
0:13 - "Morning Watch" - https://youtu.be/LnQ7oOs7T2M
0:17 - "Magic on Ice" - https://youtu.be/iy41XoegvDI
0:19 - "Across the Sea" - https://youtu.be/QmK1eIiBMyg
0:23 - "A Quick Buck" - https://youtu.be/qhqxJuTrMHM
0:25 - "Savage Predator" - https://youtu.be/lrdSljaZfGE
0:29 - "Ablaze" - https://youtu.be/SVBXDsu3Bws
0:31 - "Oncoming Storm" - https://youtu.be/m746_qlL52I
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2020 is over... it’s about time!

Happy New Year!! Thanks to Everyone!

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"Magic on Ice" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

This piece is actually the result of a failed painting. Originally, I had planned to do a different mountain forest scene but after numerous reworkings it still just wouldn’t come together. So when I started this painting I was determined to add a touch of magic to it.

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"Twin Pinnacles" - 12x16” - Acrylic on Canvas -

After painting some spring and summer mountains in “Morning Heights” and “A River View” I thought it would be fun to try some snowy scenes this time. I chose this piece because of the complimentary colors and the stark contrast of the sun and shadows. Those shadows were a bit difficult to achieve, but overall the painting went smoothly.

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"Flamenco" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I wanted another subject to compliment “Tropical” and Sara suggested I try painting a flamingo. I haven’t done any animals in a while so I thought it would be a nice change. I’m really happy with the way this piece turned out although I don’t like it as much as “Tropical.” The most difficult part was settling on the right hues, but adding the light blooms and teal background to make this guy pop was a fun challenge.

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"Tropical" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I’ve been itching to paint another beach scene and figured now was a great time as we head toward snowy weather. This has to be one of my favorite paintings ever! The whole thing went incredibly smoothly and I had a lot of fun with the beach and shoreline. Sara tells me it looks like a photograph and perhaps it does, but the nice thing about painting is I can change the subject however I want it to be. In this case, the beach in the original photo was filled with people…too bad I can’t paint away crowds like that in real life!

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"Just Married" - 12x16” - Acrylic on Canvas -

Sara and I are getting married today! This painting was inspired by our second date at Longwood Gardens. There was actually another couple taking wedding photos there and we thought it was a fun idea. I enjoyed using the lighting to highlight the couple and give the piece a romantic quality.

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"Once Upon a November" - 12x16” - Acrylic on Canvas -

The first place Sara ever took me to was Goat Hill Overlook in New Jersey. It was actually a bit chilly, but we had some nice hot stew and a blanket to keep us warm. Two years later and we’re getting married so I wanted to paint this piece to commemorate our first meeting. The whole painting went pretty smoothly. The color relationships were fun to play with, although the atmosphere in the distance took a bit of reworking. Overall, I think it captures the romantic mood of that day.

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"Oncoming Storm" - 11x14” - Acrylic on Canvas -

I wanted to paint another sunset piece that contrasted well with “Light in the Forest” and chose this scene because of the dramatic lighting and colorful clouds. The deep oranges and reds really appealed to me after so much green and yellow and the clouds were a lot of fun to create. The most difficult part of this painting was blending the range of colors in the sky but I think the end result was worth the struggle.

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"Light in the Forest" - 9x12” - Acrylic on Canvas -

After doing so many recognizable landmarks, I wanted to go back to a general forest scene. This image inspired me with the bright, yellow sunlight casting such dark shadows across the foreground. That contrast of light and dark made this piece somewhat challenging, but I enjoyed playing with the purples in the reflected light. Sara says I should have named this piece “Arrival” because she thinks the light looks like a UFO landing, but I’ll let the viewer decide what this “Light in the Forest” may be!

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"Take a Seat" - 12x9” - Acrylic on Canvas -

The photo that inspired this painting was taken by my fiancée, Sara. We love to take early morning walks right after daybreak when the rising sun turns the leaves to a fiery orange and the towpaths are relatively empty. We usually pass an empty bench or two and on this lovely fall day we stopped and sat down to enjoy the peace and quiet together. I wanted the viewer to feel that same contentment when looking at this painting.

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"Natural Light" - 12x9” - Acrylic on Canvas -

My mother-in-law took the photo that inspired this piece. I thought it was clever how she captured the rising sun so perfectly in the unlit lamp post and couldn’t resist painting the scene. The fence took a lot of time and care but the plant in the foreground added a fun touch of interest to be more creative with.

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Hi there! I'm Timothy Stanford, acrylic landscape and wildlife painter. My work is a constant journey of discovery as I strive to achieve a reasonable balance between personal style and realism. Each painting is a new challenge and an opportunity for growth. My main focus is the study of light as it plays across glorious landscapes, majestic wildlife, and sometimes...mythical worlds.

Art does not exist without an artist. An intelligent mind uses specific means to bring an idea to life on canvas, paper, or a piece of wood. In light of that fact, I believe that everything in the natural world was created by an intelligent and artistic Designer and I seek to showcase the wisdom and beauty of that Great Artist’s creation in two ways; first in the act of creating art and second in the art itself.