Painting with Texture

Oil paint by itself has a richness and thickness which provides texture to a painting. But that texture can be enhanced and added to with a variety of tools and techniques. This picture shows a few of the many tools available for this purpose. Shaping and lifting tools help you … Read More

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Painting Clouds

Cloud formations provide a stimulating challenge for a landscape painter. After a spring rain, I often see formations of cotton-like cumulus clouds, billowing in from the sea. When choosing to paint them, it is quite helpful to prepare a draw down of grays, 4 values. Don’t let the darkest be … Read More

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Learning in a supportive environment

I have been painting for many years, and it is truly a lifelong learning experience. I believe I learn something every time I pick up a brush. Each new landscape is a new challenge, different from all others. I attend artist critiques most months, with 5 to 20 artists taking … Read More

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La Honda Creek Preserve

A new public access point has opened at Lower La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve. This preserve is located on the peninsula south of San Francisco by about 45 minutes, and north of my Soquel studio by about an hour. In December, Sue Elliott (of plein air muse) and I … Read More

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Painting New England Fall Color

Two weeks each year the sugar maples and oaks do an unbelievable metamorphosis as fall turns to winter. This is Hadley, Massachusetts, and the mountains of the Mt. Holyoke range rise in the near distance. I took my paintings along, as it has been several years since I was able … Read More

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Painting in Northern New Mexico

This past September, I traveled for a week with my friend and fellow painter Jean to the high country of northern New Mexico. Jean has visited there many times, and she guided us to many wonderful sights around Santa Fe, Abiquiu, and Taos. I know now why New Mexico is … Read More

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Painting Evening Light

The evening light is golden and very attractive to painters. I set up at UCSC where there is a view of the Bay from up on the hill. The golden light was visible in the distant Eucalyptus grove, and the shadows were moving quickly as the sun set.

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Sketching in Capitola

Minds grow when they learn new things. If you are inspired to paint subjects you haven’t much experience with, make a couple of outings first with only your sketch book and pencils. Find a great spot that includes some of the new elements. Bring a beach chair and make yourself … Read More

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Painting Capitola Beach

The sun was out early this morning in Soquel. I have been waiting for a fogless morning to return to the village and finish some paintings. There was one parking spot left at the overlook above the beach. The Little Guards were lined up in their red suits and many … Read More

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