Departure from normal

I have always wanted to paint a city scene ever since I visited New York City. However when I went through my photos observing the crowded streets with taxi cabs and people going through their daily lives an image started to form in my mind.…

Challenge yourself during trying times

During this shelter in place time I found it harder to pick up a brush or pencil and start the process of creating.  Maybe it’s because my routine had changed and my mind was not on being creative.   Then out of the blue an idea…

Doing a Series

Having passion for a subject is just the right set up for doing a series of paintings. What better way to practice a new style or colors you like than to do this over and over with a subject you love. My love of the…

Painting Shapes and Light

This is a photo I took while scouting out some rock formations in the California Sierra Nevada’s. I loved the way the light was hitting the rocks and that one small tree. I then cropped the image to the composition I liked and opened it…

Workshop Fun

I want to thank the wonderful artists that showed up for my June 1st workshop. There were lots of discussions about how to apply pastels, what paper to use and all the extra fun things you can do with the media. Each of them found…

Pastel demonstration results

Thanks for showing up for my pastel demonstration. I had so much fun interacting with all of you. The black areas of the photo needed color so I decided on cooler colors in the background trees and several warmer colors in the foreground grasses.  If…

Subject for my demo May 4th 2019

When looking for a photo reference for my Demo on May 4th, I came across this photo I took several years ago near Consumnes River. I love all the bright colors, the way the ducks and clouds lead you to the focal point.  I cropped…

25 minute Pastel Exercise

OK I had fun today I did 2 pastel paintings each taking 25 minutes with underpaintings.  These are my quick studies for future paintings or just warm ups to get me started. I got my studio ready picked the pastels I wanted to use, set…

Can technology help you as an artist?

I say YES!  I use my iPhone on location all the time to capture photos of what I want to paint, not for pictures but for values. OK, I can admit tools do help my tired eyes to see things more clearly and take out…

Here’s a teaser for my workshop

Do you struggle with understanding why values can make or break your painting? Or how to see values?  Take a look at the images below and squint your eyes so they are blurry.  These images are the same the only thing that has changed are…