Saturday, February 27, 2010


Here's a few shots of my new studio. It's 16 x 12, hard wood floor. I'm installing lighting so it can be well lit enough to see clearly. Nothing worse than painting in the dark and not seeing the colors properly. I am leaning towards a looser style, but need to finsh a few projects before I can do that. I plan on having a few studio still lifes set up and working at the same time on two easels. I also want to start a few protraits. I am changing mediums around, trying walnut oil and flemish morager, a pasty substance made form an old masters formula. Here's the link below. More later when I start oraginizing the mess. Whew, moving does suck! We are all beat. But excited to start painting in my new studio!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Finally move and new studio

After a few months on pins and needles to see if we would get our new house, we are going to move in on Feb 26th. My new studio space will be larger and, hopefully, easier for me to be productive in. It has a hard wood floor and I painted one wall a green-gray color that I had replicated from a Chardin painting background. The rest of the walls are off white. The lighting is not natural, as I have only one West facing window, but I plan to use a configuration similar to that recommended by the great studio painter, Duffy Sheridan.

The light is a combo of different tones of light mixed with a "natural sunlight" lamp or two. Of which, I already have.

Anyway, I am excited to get all of the distractions of buying a house and moving out of the way so I get back down top business.

I plan on taking a few classes at Scottsdale Artists School, even though they don't really meet my needs, they occasionally have a teacher I am interested in meeting, Like Tony Pro.

One of these days I will master or at least get better at taking photos of my paintings, something the new studio lighting will help with, and I will not be hesitant to post them here. In the mean time, keep creating guys!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Looking at the Face of Genius

It's not too often that my jaw drops in admiration of a painters work. Most painters are okay some are better than okay and some are really good. But few are great. You are looking at the face of Odd Nerdrum. He paints like I wish I could and has brought me to the point of trying to emulate him. But genius cannot be taught. Only by experimentation and hard work can true genius be brought out of an artist, and if they are just so so, then that is what they have to offer. But I am hopeful looking at his work. I am hopeful because I understand it. And understanding is the first step toward emulation and emulation is the next step toward individual expression and that is the subjective point of view known by some as genius. I don't necessarily like some of his images, but his technique is marvelous. My favorite expression in life is quoted from the master acting teacher Stanislavski, "We must make the impossible difficult, the difficult easy, and the easy, second nature." Amen to that!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Orange Painting

"Organic Smile" 8 x 10 Oil on board

I try to paint in the Classical Realist style. I use lots of layering and glazes. I am starting to work larger and will post more paintings as time permits.