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Beginning To Paint The Background

By | October 2nd, 2011|Painting Blog|

The background of this large, tropical jungle flower painting will be done loosely with a different mixture of colors that will create light. I will use a large amount of soft mixing white with my "sunlight" hues which include yellow ochre and cadmium yellow with some sap green. These will be the background tones that [...]

Another Day With A Bit More Progress

By | September 17th, 2011|Painting Blog|

Today was an important milestone in the creation of this mural. I've completed 95% of the main composition by adding a few more leaf structures and the trunks of two palms. There will be one more palm trunk to the right and that will be created tomorrow. Then I'll be ready to paint the sunlit-filled [...]

Adding more Birds of Paradise Leaves

By | September 2nd, 2011|Painting Blog|

The central section of this painting needs more leaves! This is a great time in the process to develop this area further. The leaves act as filler and also create lines of energy and interest in the overall composition. This makes the shapes and direction of the leaves important. You can compare this image to [...]

Pink Gingers

By | September 1st, 2011|Painting Blog|

Here is a pic of what my working palate looks like. I mix my colors freely, utilizing the various tones that naturally combine on the palate as the paint is mixed. Color is very exciting and inspirational to artists. As young as age 15 I can remember being excited to put down the first blocks [...]

Let’s Paint!

By | August 31st, 2011|Painting Blog|

Now for the fun part—let's paint! STEP 1: I have chosen to begin this mural with the birds of paradise. They compose a large section of this mural and I'm going to use the leaves and dramatic shapes of this exotic South African flower to ground this piece. The image on the left shows my [...]

Creating the Drawing

By | August 31st, 2011|Painting Blog|

How did this concept materialize? To make a long story short, I worked with interior designers who liked my tropical flower paintings. They specified the size (roughly 9'x12') for this project. I then presented three different concepts that were mocked-up in Photoshop and one was chosen. I then refined the chosen concept in my studio [...]

Priming the 9’x12′ canvas

By | August 26th, 2011|Painting Blog|

Primer, also commonly referred to as Gesso, is fundamental to an oil painting. It provides the ground for the paint to stick to the surface. Priming a canvas requires several coats of thin layers of primer. What is an artist primer? For those of you who are unfamiliar with artist terms, Wikipedia explains the concept [...]

Canvas is up, ready to be primed

By | August 22nd, 2011|Painting Blog|

Warning: this is an anti-mini painting...contrary to the name of my painting blog which has chronicled my Mini Master island paintings since 2006, both here and on my former Blogger blog. This is the next step. The canvas is up and is ready to be primed. Pinning the canvas to the wall was a two-person [...]

The Making of an Oil Mural

By | August 21st, 2011|Painting Blog|

Warning: this is an anti-mini painting...contrary to the name of my painting blog which has chronicled my Mini Master island paintings since 2006, both here and on my former Blogger blog. I'd like to share the process of creating a large Oil Mural. This will be an intense and large project and will consume a [...]