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 it to the size of my painting 12×18 then it was time to take a few moments to study it and think about what I need to do to make this work. The first thing is the darkness of the forground and trees I’ll need to have the values lightened and warm and cool colors added. Also, the large mass in the foreground will need to be broken up so I can let you “into” my painting. I’m not sure if I will leave the tower poles however they do keep you inside the composition. I’m still trying to decide what underpainting technique to apply, I’ll keep that a secret until the demo.  I’m excited to start my study and to do the demo so come join me to see how I resolved all of the issues. Pastel Demonstration May 4th 2019

Red Sky at Night

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 […]

Just off the Easel

The Race is On 10×20 $600

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 […]

Got painters passion? What the heck is that?

You may have heard of a saying “I’m in the zone” well that’s what painters passion is all about. I have spent days on location, plein air painting in the heat, rain and yes even in the snow to be “in the zone” and happy […]

Crazy in Love with alcohol and watercolor?

As it turns out these two liquids are my favorite choices for pastel underpaintings but which one is right? Well, the answer is both and in fact, one of my favorite ways to apply both of these applications are in one painting. In my wave paintings, transparent watercolors are used for the bright sunlight areas but not needed for the opaque foam in the foreground so I grab my Isopropyl alcohol and apply it over layers of opaque pastels. By applying both of these mediums for my underpainting I can easily see what is needed for my finished pastel application. Want to learn more, sign up for a workshop or follow my blog.

ocean waves
Pure Light- Sold