Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Abstract 6

I was happy with the way the texture of the canvas and the layers of paint worked together to produce a broken color effect with several layers of color showing through.  I think this gives it extra vibrancy.

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Power of Complements

Purple and yellow are opposite each other on the color wheel.  This relationship provides an opportunity to intensify the contrast.  My sunflower painting uses value contrast as well as complementary color contrast.  There is always a risk of the complements clashing, but the purples are much less intense than the yellows, and the yellows dominate the painting because they take up more space.
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Click Here.        Rooster - Painting Without Solvents

This is a new video that shows step by step how I painted this picture of a rooster.  I include tips for painting without solvents, how to achieve vivid colors and loose brushwork, and easy clean up and storage of paints and brushes.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Tutorial. Young Goat. Oil Paints Without Solvents

I published a tutorial to show a step by step tutorial for this painting.  I demonstrate painting fur and painting whites.  Also included is easy clean up and storage of oil paints without using solvents.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Peach Roses

In this painting I simplified the flowers to just suggest details to keep the brushwork loose.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rose of Sharon

My Rose of Sharon are blooming.  I have a white one and this lavender one with red centers.  I decided to paint a couple of 6X6 paintings and then an 11X14.  I have been filming the painting of the larger one.  This one is on Daily Paintworks auctions.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Painting with Paint Shapers

Painting without solvents 

I taped part of the process of painting this painting using brushes and paint shapers. I started with brushes and used the shapers to blend color and so some linear work at the end.  I did not use solvents.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


My azaleas are blooming now.  They grow like weeds here in NC.  Now if the deer would just leave them alone.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Camellias in a Blue Vase

My camellias have finished blooming for the year, but I have several good pictures to work from.  I have planted several bushes that bloom at different times from fall through spring, but the deer eat some of them but not others.  The different colors must also be different flavors like jelly beans.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Oil Paint without Solvents

Over the years I have learned some techniques for painting with oil paints without using solvents.  I really like the working quality of oil paints, but just don't want to handle solvents.

Clean your brushes with a mixture of one half Murphy Oil and one half water.  This even works to rescue brushes that have dried paint.  I find this to be a better cleaner than mineral spirits and much more friendly to the environment.  It cleans your hands as well.

I cover my palate with waxed paper so that I don't have any clean up at the end of the day.
This is a link to my video showing how I use oil paints without solvents.