Scaling up your Painting

It is sometimes difficult to paint large paintings plein air. After all, when we set up our easels in the out of doors, factors like uneven ground, heaviness of large canvases and especially wind make the large painting effort problematic. Especially wind, which can come up at any time, can … Read More

A Bit About Canvases

In this post, I want to share some words about the types of canvases available for paintings, as well as about framing. I’ll try to answer of few of the questions that seem of interest to my studio visitors. People have been creating art by painting for thousands of years. … Read More

Framing from the Heart

Presentation is a term by which we mean primarily framing, plus where the painting is hung, and what surrounds it. Presentation provides the opportunity to enhance your paintings. Frames can quietly blend your painting in with other art works and furnishings within a room, or they can work to pop … Read More

Rainy Day Paintings

Winter has clearly arrived here on California’s central coast. The rain is so good for all of the land; already we see the green beginning to arrive. Soquel Creek, flowing beneath my house and art studio, has become Soquel River! During these cool, wet days, I love to hole up … Read More

2019 Winter Workshops

Two 3-Day Workshops I will offer two 3-day workshops early in 2019. Each workshop will run three consecutive days, giving the artist scholars the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of a focused element of painting. Each workshop day will run from 9:30am to 4:00pm, with a half hour … Read More

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

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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