Monthly Archives: July 2011

Check out my New online gallery images and tell me what you think.

I’ve just created a new gallery page for my blog with new images.  I will be updating this gallery from time to time with my lastest and best original paintings.   These paintings are available for purchase and you can message … Continue reading

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Matte and Glossy Finishes in Oil Painting

Do you love being able to manipulate the finish in oil painting, making it matte, glossy, or somewhere in-between?   There are some artists who believe in a very traditional approach to oil painting in that the finish should be consistently … Continue reading

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Top 6 Solvents for the Serious Oil Painter

Most solvents have common characteristics. They are liquids at room temperature. They are very volatile and produce vapors that can be inhaled or circulated by a ventilation system. Most solvents are flammable liquids, and because of the wide range of … Continue reading

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Pricing Your Oil Paintings: Stay Out of the Bargain Basement

How do you decide what your oil paintings are worth?  How do you price your precious one-of-a-kind original works of art?  Every artist throughout history has struggled with these questions.  And they are difficult questions to answer. Over the last fifteen … Continue reading

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6 Color Schemes for the Serious Oil Painter

Have you ever started a painting and then hours into it found yourself muddling around with the colors unsure which direction to go?  Have you ever wanted a simple way to think about your color compositions?  Are you still unsure about how … Continue reading

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Review of David LaChapelle’s From Darkness to Light at Lever House, NYC

 By its very nature, the work of American photographer David LaChapelle invites controversy. One observer at New York magazine called LaChapelle “the Fellini of photography,” while another of the same periodical’s writers suggested, “David LaChapelle should have his artistic license … Continue reading

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Understanding Opacity, Transparency and Permanence for the Serious Oil Painter

Have you ever read on the back of a tube of paint and seen the permanence rating and wondered what it was or how to use that information?  Or have you ever wondered which colors make the best glazes? These are … Continue reading

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4 Keys to Understanding Alkyds in Oil Painting

What are alkyd paints and why would you want to consider using them? Alkyd paint is a fairly new painting medium that is fully compatible with oil paints.  Commonly referred to as the happy compromise between acrylic and oil paints, … Continue reading

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Review: Best and Worst of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

There are several special exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City at this time.  I’m going to talk about 4 of them that I’ve seen recently and give you my general opinion of each one. This will … Continue reading

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2 Keys to Success Using Cadmium Reds and Yellows in Oil Painting

Have you ever been painting with either Cadmium Red or Cadmium Yellow and gotten frustrated because you couldn’t get the color mix right?  When it comes to mixing colors with the cadmium, they can be a little tricky. I have devised 2 … Continue reading

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