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Step Two

Working directly I began by massing in large areas, paying close attention to relationships of value, color, and proportion. I try to think simply wanting only the effect of the light.

Step One

Drawing in charcoal I mapped out the largest proportions. I am working on a white ground as opposed to a stained ground hoping the colors can remain more luminous, especially the thinner layers.

Portrait in Progress

I have been working on a fun portrait of a man from California for some time now. It has taken up my entire studio at 96″ tall and I have to paint much of it from a step stool! He stands 6′ 4″ tall and wanted a life size painting for his home… makes for Continue Reading…

Players Club Gala

I am just returning from a wonderful adventure to New York where 18 of my friends from around the country unveiled a series of Portraits for the Players Club Hall of Fame. It was a great event and a full house! During the evening I had a chance to visit with artist Linda Smith from New Mexico. Continue Reading…

Tips on Survival II

Here are the remaining 5 tips on surviving as an artist. I’m sure there are many other ideas that come to mind. Let us know if you have anything to add! 6. Identify your market. Who are you painting for? How can you best connect with the clientele that can become your patrons? Recognize “who” Continue Reading…

Tips on Survival!

A year or so ago the Portrait Society of America did a series of articles in their newsletter on “Traits of a Successful Artist”. I was honored to be asked to contribute my thoughts on things that have helped me to survive as a artist. Because this list is fairly long (10 points total) I Continue Reading…

S.H.A.P.E.

I had the honor of speaking at the Portrait Society of America’s Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania last week. A high point of the weekend for me was being asked to speak at the Inspirational Hour on Sunday morning. We had a great group, much larger than expected for 7:30 am in the morning!  By request, Continue Reading…

Traveling with Paints

I travel over 100 days a year. In most cases I have oil paint, a small wood palette, and a few brushes packed in my carry-on bag. It would be easier in some ways to check the bag, but I prefer to take it with me. Last weekend when having my bags checked for a Continue Reading…

Shaking off the Dust

I had a nice comment posted from Adrienne the other day. She specifically mentioned: “Would love to hear your comments about how you stay motivated. What do you do when you feel stale? Or do you ever?” I do get “stale.” Tired might be more accurate. I spend a lot of time in the studio Continue Reading…

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

10 Secrets Every Father Should Know By Dr. Meg Meeker I just finished a wonderful book “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” by Dr. Meg Meeker and I recommend it to any dad with girls. As a father of daughters, it is one of the best books I have read on parenting. Dr. Meeker shares indisputable evidence that Continue Reading…

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