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DIY – Painting Your Wood Palette Gray

DIY – Painting Your Wood Palette Gray

For awhile now I have wanted to refinish my wood palettes, opting for a painted gray rather than stained wood. I have two palettes, a large one and a medium sized one. I bought them from Turtlewood Palettes and they are so well balanced that I feel like I’m not holding a palette at all. The owner even made a custom adjustment to my medium sized palette to make the grip even more comfortable for me to hold. But I have finally decided the warm tone, the dark value, and the wood grain pattern get in the way of mixing just the right color.Turtlewood Palettes offers a gray palette now, but it appears to be the same value as their wood palettes. I believe they are shooting for a mid-value gray, but I want a lighter value. So, I took a deep breath and started my DIY project. Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 5

Portrait Conference – Part 5

Demonstrations at the Portrait Society of America Conference are plentiful and do not disappoint. I’ll share some of my favorites here and direct you to the artists’ websites for better images of their work, but you do realize – “You really had to be there!” Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 1

Portrait Conference – Part 1

One of the best things about this conference is getting great tips from some of the best portrait artists in the world. James Gurney opened the conference with Read more...

2-Day Portrait Workshop in June

2-Day Portrait Workshop in June

I am so pleased to be giving a portrait workshop in conjunction with the Women Painting Women – Texas Exhibition at the Georgetown Art Center in Georgetown, TX. This is just 28 miles north of Austin, TX. The title of the workshop is Perfecting a Likeness: The Commissioned Portrait in Soft Pastel or Oil and will take place June 26 & 27, 2015 (Friday/Saturday). In these two days we will study from the model and learn to recognize and produce correct anatomy of the face, neck and shoulders. We will also discuss classical proportions of the head and common mistakes made in their construction. Go to my Short Courses & Demos page and click on this workshop to learn more and to register.

There’s a First Time for Everything

There’s a First Time for Everything

Just a short note to brag about my students. This past weekend I held a two-day portrait workshop. We painted from a live model and worked on one long pose. Teaching is such a treat for me. I learn so much from other artists, and I just love being around them and exchanging ideas. This picture doesn’t show the whole class, but I managed to catch most of them. It was one student’s first attempt at a portrait, and she chose to come and work from a live model. That is true courage! That is what it takes to grow in your artistic endeavor. It was also our model’s first time to model, and she was AWESOME! I passed around samples of my new favorite oil color, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise from Daniel Smith. So, everyone experienced a first time to use that color. What new thing have you tried lately? You’re never to old for a first time.

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Finishing

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Finishing

Well, it’s been a week of cloudy, rainy weather. Remind me not to do a reflections-on-glass-in-natural-light demonstration again…unless I can figure out Read more...

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Painting Glass Bottles

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Painting Glass Bottles

Did I say I would do one bottle at a time and not look back? Hmmm, well I am doing one bottle at a time, but Read more...

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Refining the Darks

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – Refining the Darks

Before moving on to the bottles which will mostly be a study in abstract shapes and distortion, I have chosen to stick with the “dark side” a bit longer. Never fear. I know my limitations and will come back to the light in due course. I am finding that the Bark Paper is quite helpful in Read more...

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – The Block-In

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – The Block-In

First I will mass-in the darks. As I said before, the Mexican Bark Paper wants to hang on to dark marks, so I was careful at the edges of shapes to Read more...

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – The Sketch

Pastel Demo on Bark Paper – The Sketch

Well, seven glass bottles later the sketch is complete. In my last post I discussed why I chose to draw these bottles. Here I would like to point out how much thought should go into, not just what to draw, but from where to draw it. Making this decision effects your Read more...