Sunday, June 18, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

"Hisami"18 x 24, oil

This is one of three pieces inspired by some black and white Japanese postcards in my collection. I spiced up the frou-frou details and worked at keeping much of the context abstracted. The traditional style of geisha portraits calls for clean lines, which I applied when working the face, however I used more loose, and less formal, brush marks throughout the rest of the piece.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

144 Square, oil on canvas - Review of oil paint brands by ( has done a review of many popular brands of oil paints, from student grades to the highest brands of handmade paints. I have used various colours in most of the brands and found the reviews to be pretty spot-on. While many artists swear by the high end handmade paints, some of them are very stiff and require oil to be mixed into them to make them more workable, while other brands are too oily, and some are perfect right out of the tube. Some of the colours are simply so luscious that they are well worth the effort to either soften up, or soak up excess oil, but usually I want to get right into painting. My own preferences are for Winsor and Newton, Gamblin, M Graham, and Rembrandt, with special colours in Old Holland, Holbein, and Williamsburg. Different things work for different work and I like to stay flexible with my selections.

When it comes to 'student grade' oils, many workshop instructors stress in BOLD type for students to avoid such a choice, yet many fine, successful artists use Winton Oils (Winsor and Newton student grade) when covering large canvases. I spot the tubes in videos of studio visits. I have used them for background work on larger pieces and they have worked well. The pigment load is definitely not what you find in the artist quality, but there is a place for them.

Materials choices are highly personal and the Wonderstreet review is very useful, particularly for painters starting out in oils.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

"Tulips in the Spotted Jug" 16 x 20, oil

Something just for fun. The tulips, table, jug and oranges were the still life, and the rest was just fun.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

"Song of The Sandias" 8 x 10 oil (LPNM Challenge 7)

I've spent the last two months completing a number of commissioned pieces and I have fallen a bit behind on the Let's Paint New Mexico Challenge, hosted by the wonderfully talented New Mexico artist, and my friend,  Dee Sanchez. I've skipped ahead and done this, the most recent one. Now I'll try to backtrack and catch a couple more. The approach is loose and juicy, with LOTS of paint.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Diversion I and II", 24 x 36, oil (Commissions)

Paintings 2 and 3 of the commissioned trio. The paintings are continued on the wrap around canvas which is not my 'normal' (ha!) process, but it looked quite effective on these pieces.

Monday, February 20, 2017

"Oasis" 36 x 24, oil (Commissioned)

This is one of three pieces recently commissioned by a downtown corporate office. One area in the large collection of offices is sorely lacking natural light, and the staff asked me for some colour. This piece will hang alone, while the other two will share a wall, but with a division between. See the next post...(All three were delivered today and were well-received, thankfully).