still-life, Tutorials and DIYs, Uncategorized, videos

Bottles and Baskets: Demo- Oil on 12″ x 9″ Wood Panel

I decided to start a channel on YouTube for easier posting:

Here is a quick video demo of how I use my brush to sketch my painting on a pre-toned (ultra marine blue and red) wood panel with the size 4 Artist Loft Firenze level 2 angled brush from Michaels, which I mentioned on yesterday’s post:


After some work, I demonstrate how I apply the paint boldly and deliberately:

Part 2:

If you are interested in seeing more videos like this, or if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments. I really enjoy making these videos, so stay tuned for more!

Final piece:

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Inquiries on this piece can be made on here or my website:

Art, landscape paintings, Nature, Uncategorized

New Beginnings: Oil on 12″ x 8″ Panel

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Happy New Year!

Part of my New Year’s Resolution is to paint outdoors at least once a week. I did this one yesterday on a elongated panel. I decided on a vertical composition for this tree. As usual, I played with the texture and decided to leave the foliage loosely defined. Deciding what to paint once arriving to a sight can be challenging, but I always decide to go with the first thing that stands out to me, regardless if I find something else. I can always go back and paint the other subject. Sticking to the things we commit to and following through to the end is a good step towards growing deeper in our awareness of our surroundings. This approach also forces us to pay attention and question the things that initially capture our attention.


Art, still-life, Uncategorized

Still-Life June 2nd Demo: Oil on Canvas Paper

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I began by prepping the canvas paper with safflower oil and burnt umber. I then used a flat brush to mark out the shapes. I also take the time to observe the composition and move the objects around until I am satisfied. The rest becomes a study in values and color. At the end, I evaluate what I want to emphasize and what kinds of textures I want to create or leave behind.

Still-life demo 2

Still-Life Demo Insta

Still-Life Study on 12″ x 9″ Canvas paper

Art, Nature, Tutorials and DIYs, Uncategorized

Underwater Oil Painting on 16″ x 12″ Panel

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This is my first time doing an underwater painting. I began by sketching out the landscape using burnt umber and safflower oil. This took me about three days to paint, but I could certainly keep going if I wanted to. I did not want to add too many details and like the flowy look of the painting.  I keep saying I am going to do a demo of my process soon and have had several requests to make one. I will do one for still-life and for a landscape. I am waiting for a replacement for my laptop which no longer works.

I did manage to record a few seconds of the final touches: