Wednesday, November 23, 2011


"The Young 'Un" Original oil painting, unframed 6X6"
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I just want to take a moment to thank all of YOU who share in my art journey. I love painting so much and having friends who often enjoy the art piece nearly as much as I enjoy the process makes me truly grateful. God has surely blessed me through you. Thank you.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


"Looks Like Clear Skies" Oil 6X6

There are many reasons that I love painting. But what I love MOST is the sense of discovery! Every painting begins with a blank surface and I get to DISCOVER the means of creating the person, place or thing that belongs there.
In the case of "Looks Like Clear Skies", I wanted to paint a small portrait, loosely with lots of color. I chose a turquoise ground to complement the reddish orange flesh tones and allowed some of the ground color to remain. Voila! This fisherman exploded onto the panel. Bold beginnings beget bold paintings.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"Butchering Paint Tubes"

Today I finally broke down and butchered my four "empty" paint tubes. Over the past few months, I had wrung them all the way to the shoulder, and squeezed all the paint I could get from them. Looking at the tubes here, you can see I had even squeezed up the shoulder of the tubes before beginning this process. Today I decided to dissect them and scoop out the remaining paint from the shoulders. David Darrow taught me this little trick, using an exacto knife to slice at the shoulder and small palette knife to scoop the paint out. You can see the Cadmium Yellow Light is still in the tube, and the others are all scooped out.
This is the amount of paint I salvaged from my "empty" tubes! I purchase the 150ml tubes from Utrecht, and you can see it's quite a substantial amount of paint saved. Don't worry, I ordered replacement tubes over a month ago. I NEVER run out of paint!
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