How to set-up an Oil Painting Studio…

Setting up an Oil painter’s studio can be a costly affair. It doesn’t have to be. In this post, I give you the basics of setting up your studio, I cover the paints and brushes and mediums I use. I use a wall easel instead of a regular easel and this frees up floor space. This means I can work on many paintings at…

A new painting on my easel…

Spent the past several days working on a new painting in a little corner in a hotel room in Vancouver. ‘Amanda’s tea party’. I’m really enjoying this painting and plan on completing it by friday.   I decided to paint Amanda first in color and continue with the underpainting with raw umber  before I finish the rest in color. I do prefer an underpainting. It…

A Little flesh tone Lesson

It’s Thursday morning, listening to Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz, very mellow tunes, great painting music. Truth in position, Mushroom Jazz 4 Today’s going to be a little lesson on painting flesh. I’m still working on Emma and going to be painting her ankles and feet. She’s sitting on a rock on the beach and the reflection of light on her skin renders a slightly…

Greatness requires enormous time…

I’m making some progress here with Emma paying her Cello, not too long now, hoping for under a week. This painting has certainly challenged me in every direction and then some. If ur drawing skills are not spot on, ur in trouble. I highly recommend practicing often, daily in fact. Greatness requires enormous time. Based on a study by Anders Ericsson, it takes 10…

A new distraction…

I’m within an hour of completing my painting, why is it, that this is where artists drag their heals? Does it perhaps have something to do with separation anxiety? I’m beginning to think so. Come to think of it, I don’t really want to part with that painting, I want to keep it for myself.  I tried to distract myself with a new painting….

Seasoned avocados…painted to taste…

Oils 8″x10″ Spent the the day painting my favorite breakfast food ~ avocados 🙂 This was definitely a very enjoyable subject, I wanted to ad some interest painting the seasoning sprinkled over the avocado and plate. I’m happy with it and am planning on completing a painting again tomorrow.

A humbling experience…

I sit here in my studio in front of my easel, Gandhi’s image warms my smile. I had my fair share of struggles with this painting. I guess I wanted to honor this great man on an elaborate canvas, but instead I painted him on an oil primed board, lot’s of texture. At first I struggled with it, on the verge of giving up…

October Skies…

Finally getting this painting off my easel and onto my wall. I painted this from a plein air study I did last fall near the market in Sidney. It`s a fairly large piece, 24“x36“

Orange tea

Started working on this still life several days ago. I’m really enjoying this painting and yes I’ve painted this same tea cup in four paintings. There’s good reason. I will continue to paint it until I get it right. Even if I have to paint it for another ten paintings, this tea cup will be there 🙂 I also have intentions of adding a…

Strawberry Tea

It’s been a busy couple days and have had little easel time 😦  Now my camera is on the fritz for some strange reason, just trying to figure out how to reset it. This is the only decent pic I was able to get. Tomorrow this painting will be completed and the next one started. Busy working on creating a new still life set-up….