9 Top Oil Paints Rated for the Serious Oil Painter

Are you a serious oil painter and would like the top oil paints rated? Have you ever found yourself in front of the rows and rows of oil paints unable to decide which ones were best suited for you? Are you confused by the many manufacturers of oil paints and their claims? 9 Top Oil […]

3 Common Oil Painting Problems and How to Resolve Them

Have you ever had a problem in your oil painting such as cracking or dull finish? Have you had other oil painting problems and have not found any solutions? Oil painting is a pretty forgiving medium, but there are things that can go wrong and ruin your artwork if you aren’t aware of them. The […]

Top 6 Ways to Create Texture in Oil Painting

Have you ever wanted to experiment and create texture in oil painting? If you want to create texture in oil painting, this can be a challenge as there as so many options from which to choose. Oil color, with its mediums, lends well to glazing techniques with a smooth varnished finish. However, there are a large […]

Should You Use Black? For the Serious Oil Painter, It Is a Serious Question

Should you use black in your oil painting color palette?  Since I began oil painting, it has been a hotly debated subject among serious artists. Even as early as 5 years ago when I took a portrait painting class at the Art Students’ League of New York,  a very well-known and respected teacher asked the class if using black […]

Don’t Be Fickle. Don’t Change Directions

America is facing some of its greatest challenges ever.  The America that we have today is much different from the America that I knew as a boy. I think that one of the biggest problems facing Americans today is that we’ve become a very fickle people.  If the wind blows this way, we go this way. If the wind blows […]

Beauty only comes by grace…

Someone once told me that beauty only comes by grace. So it came to be that I stood with my sister in the presence of grace in the form of beauty, in the form of art, in the form of paintings that hung in long hallways that echoed as we spoke. They were seascape paintings, images of […]

That Which I Should Have Done, I Did not Do, 1998, Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly, who died this month at the age of 83, is better known for his painting than his sculptures. Indeed he is hardly known for his sculptures at all. Squiggly lines across the canvas, with words, extracts of poetry and the paint smeared on by finger, that is what he is known and admired for. […]

Cy Twombly Tribute: A Scattering of Blossoms and Other Things

Cy Twombly at the MoCA  A month after Cy Twombly’s death, L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art is mounting a small, memorial exhibition of eight of his paintings, all loaned by Eli and Edythe Broad. The show, “Cy Twombly Tribute: A Scattering of Blossoms & Other Things,”  opens Saturday at MOCA’s Grand Avenue museum and runs […]

Top 3 Ways to Boost Creativity

Do you need to boost creativity? Have you ever been in a creative slump? Writers, of course, call this writer’s block.  But painters and artists of all kinds can find themselves in a creative void, needing to boost creativity. How many times have you stood in front of a blank white canvas and not been […]

Christie’s Longest Bidding Battle

Christie’s auctioneer Christopher Burge usually rules the saleroom with an iron gavel. But in May, amid a rousing $301.7 million contemporary art sale, he lost control. For nearly 16 minutes, the auction was hijacked by a pair of dueling collectors, competing for a Andy Warhol, Self Portrait blue 1963–64 Warhol Self-Portrait, tagged at $20 million to […]