Archives for July 2011

Check out my New online gallery images and tell me what you think.

I’ve just created a new gallery page for my blog with new images.  I will be updating this gallery from time to time with my lastest and best original paintings.   These paintings are available for purchase and you can message me if you would like to make an offer. I would love to hear your […]

Matte and Glossy Finishes in Oil Painting

Do you love being able to manipulate the finish in oil painting, making it matte, glossy, or somewhere in-between? Do you understand the differences between matte and glossy finishes in oil painting? Understanding matte and glossy finishes in oil painting is easy once you grasp the basic principles. This article will help you understand matte and […]

Top 6 Solvents for the Serious Oil Painter

Most solvents have common characteristics. They are liquids at room temperature. They are very volatile and produce vapors that can be inhaled or circulated by a ventilation system. Most solvents are flammable liquids, and because of the wide range of potential ingredients in solvents, you should always check the label and/or material safety data sheet […]

Pricing Your Oil Paintings: Stay Out of the Bargain Basement

How do you decide what your oil paintings are worth? How do you price your precious one-of-a-kind original works of art? Every artist throughout history has struggled with these questions.  And they are difficult questions to answer. Over the last fifteen years, I have sold my oil paintings for very high prices and I have also settled […]

6 Color Schemes for the Serious Oil Painter

Have you ever started a painting and then hours into it found yourself muddling around with the colors unsure which direction to go? Have you ever wanted a simple way to think about your color compositions? Are you still unsure about how to design color into the total concept of your oil painting? Here are 6 color schemes […]

Review of David LaChapelle’s From Darkness to Light at Lever House, NYC

By its very nature, the work of American photographer David LaChapelle invites controversy. One observer at New York magazine called David LaChapelle “the Fellini of photography,” while another of the same periodical’s writers suggested, “David LaChapelle should have his artistic license suspended.” If asked to describe his efforts, one might begin by calling them manic. […]

Understanding Opacity, Transparency and Permanence for the Serious Oil Painter

Have you ever read on the back of a tube of paint and seen the permanence rating and wondered what it was or how to use that information?  Or have you ever wondered which colors make the best glazes?  Do you know which colors have the best opaque coverage? These are important questions for the serious […]

4 Keys to Understanding Alkyds in Oil Painting

What are alkyds in oil painting and why would you want to consider using them? Have you seen alkyds at your local hobby shop or online art store and have wondered if you should give them a try? I tried alkyds and with good success, so I thought I would share my experience and tell […]

Review: Best and Worst of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

There are several special exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City at this time.  I’m going to talk about 4 of them that I’ve seen recently and give you my general opinion of each one. This will be my best and the worst rating for this museum for Summer 2011. The 4 […]

2 Keys to Success Using Cadmium Reds and Yellows in Oil Painting

Have you ever been painting with either Cadmium Red or Cadmium Yellow and gotten frustrated because you couldn’t get the color mix right?  When it comes to mixing colors with the cadmium, they can be a little tricky. I have devised 2 strategies that can help you strengthen your oil painting when it comes to this difficult family in […]

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