Tips and Tales From the Artist

The Birth of a Painting

The Birth of a Painting

Have you ever wondered how a painting is born? The best way to describe the process is by showing a live example. So I’ve included some pictures of different stages of the process of my latest work to show how I create a new oil painting.

Ten Common Mistakes Made By Beginning Plein Air Artists – What to Paint?

Ten Common Mistakes Made By Beginning Plein Air Artists – What to Paint?
If asked; I would say there are two important distinctions to hold close, paint what you love and paint what you know.

The Art of the Squint

The Art of the Squint
To look at an object and record it on canvas as normally seen by the lay person is a lie. The way the trained eye sees color is simply different from how the untrained eye sees the same color.

The Color of Color Part II

The Color of Color Part II

If I want the painting to have a late afternoon atmosphere I will choose colors that reflect that warmth. Or a cool winter morning painting will demand a cooler palette. This takes thought of which colors work together to create atmosphere.

The Color of Color Part I

The Color of Color Part I

The three “primary” colors are so named because they cannot be created by mixing any other color. These three primary colors can then be mixed to create any other color in various proportions, but these three are the foundation of all colors used.

Values Do All the Work – Color Gets All the Credit

Values Do All the Work – Color Gets All the Credit
"In simple terms, “value” refers to a color’s lightness or darkness. And each color has its own value system that can be altered as the artist mixes lighter or darker colors on his palette."

Developing Artistic Talent

Developing Artistic Talent
The studio is sacred and preserved as a place to create and develop these two sides of an artist. Only there can the artist rise above the imperfect world and excel at their own pace for perfection.