Tulips and Tea

A little 5″ x 7″ painting on 1/4″ birch panel. I limited myself to 4 hours on this one. The tulips are from my garden. I bought the tea-cup from a thrift store and changed the pattern. This is one of 24 daily paintings I did last spring. I decided to do another painting challenge. Last year I painted every still life from life…

Rembrandt’s Oil

This painting started with just the jar of oil, but it seemed so boring. So I included the brush, but it still felt like something was missing. The table top just wasn’t working. Then I looked up towards the book shelf and a light bulb lit up! My Rembrandt book! I loved how it worked so perfectly with this still life. The dark background,…

Never give up…

Oil painting is a life long learning experience. Every time we paint, we learn something new. We’re always trying out new techniques, always pushing ourselves further than we think we can go. It’s a good thing. This is how we grow as artists. At times we paint prolifically and there are times where we feel uninspired and don’t paint for months on end. The…

Painting my daughter in oils

I started a portrait of my daughter last week. I started filming the process about half way in. It would have been nice to have filmed it from the start, but I didn’t think of it at the time. A friend asked for some pointers on how to paint flesh, so started filming. Six videos later, I’m getting the hang of it. For this…

6 daily paintings ~ 24 to go!

These are so tiny I could take them all at once! They are 5″ x 7″. It’s a decent start. Improvement will come with time. Today is day six, yet to be painted. I was going to go outside to paint en plain air, but it’s a dreary dull day out and I got lazy and decided to paint indoors. I permanently attached the release…

How to make your own Plein air easel

I can’t tell you how many videos I watched to find the perfect Plein air easel. I decided on the features I’d like for my own plein air easel. I definitely liked the idea of my palette being super close to my panel. I didn’t want to have to always look down to mix my colors as I had before, because the values won’t…

30 day daily painting challenge: Day 2

I set out five onions and a bottle of curry powder on a cutting board in the kitchen and used my brand new DIY Pochade box . It was cozy by the wood stove, hot tea close and some lovely light filtering through the kitchen window.  I really enjoyed painting this piece. I do need to redo my signature though. Tomorrow, it’ll still be…

30 Day Daily Painting challenge: Day #1

The first day of the daily painting challenge was pretty epic. It took me a bit longer than four hours. Instead of going for something simple, I decided to go with something super challenging. Live and learn! Tomorrow I’m going with simple. I’m also going to set up a nice shelf for my still life. It’s a bit tricky trying to get decent coverage,…

5 Amazing benefits of a daily painting challenge and why you should do it!

Sometimes it’s really difficult to find some kind of enthusiasm when you feel stuck. You find yourself looking through artist’s website for inspiration, only to feel overwhelmed with a sense of panic. Comparing yourself to other artists can be very daunting. You feel like you have been left behind and that you would never be able to catch up. I felt like that after…

Drawing is the foundational skill to a great painting…..

I swear by drawing sight size, in my opinion and experience, it’s the best way to get an exact likeness. It all begins with a plumb line. You could have a vertical and horizontal plumb line if you wish. I went with the vertical. Don’t use a projector to draw, there are no short cuts to gaining skill. The only way is practice, a…