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Spring in Florida

azalea closeupThis is just one color in the riot of colors produced by the blooming Azalea plants that announce spring here on the west coast of central Florida. My blog header photo is one taken in my yard. These azaleas were the inspiration for this painting done on the door of tiny cabinet with artist’s oil.   The painted panel is 4″x 4″ which is a suitable size for many surfaces.  The design, with detailed instructions for intermediate oil painters, is available on my website in the form of an E packet. Go to, click on Shop, Oil Packets,  and Floral.  The E-packet title is Azaleas–Pink Beauties and it’s on sale for only $8.  E-packets are great!  They are easy to download (you have three days to download it if you are too busy to do it right away).  You can start painting as soon as you download, no need to wait for snail mail.  Happy Spring!

Color Can Create Spatial Dimension

The subject of Spatial Dimension in a painting is a natural follow-up to my blog on the attributes of color.  Understanding how to properly use color  allows one to create dimension.  To review briefly, there are three attributes to color: value, intensity and temperature.   These three attributes can be manipulated to make an object in your painting advance or recede.   Advancing an object or form is to bring it forward to a front plane or put it in the foreground of the painting; bringing it closer to the viewer.  Receding an object or form in the space is to put it on a rear plane,  in the background, or at a distance from the viewer. Continue reading Color Can Create Spatial Dimension

Original Oil Painting Gallery

Yellow Hibiscus

Yellow Hibiscus


Just in time for Christmas shopping; I’ve posted original artwork in my gallery!  This bowl is just one of the items. I’ve had this category on my web site since it’s inception, but never posted anything in it.   All of the items I’m posting at this time are painted from my own original designs; some items are one of a kind.  Take a look, I hope you will find something you just have to have!

Summer Hydrangeas/Winter Poinsettias

Hydrangea SummerPoinsettia Winter

Last summer, I had the priviledge of attending a Mary Jo Leisure design class.  One of the “challenges” she gave us was to create a design for a flat piece of wood with  a pre-cut shape.  The cut shape on one end made me think of ribbons so naturally flowers came to mind.   I was torn…should I draw my favorite summertime hydrangeas or wintertime poinsettias?   Continue reading Summer Hydrangeas/Winter Poinsettias

The Three Attributes of Color

In May, I had the pleasure of teaching the Advancing Your Skills class at the SDP convention.  One topic presented in the class addressed the attributes of color.  All colors have three attributes:  value, intensity, and temperature.  These attributes are as important to consider as the color itself.


Value is the lightness or darkness of a color.  In my early years of painting, I thought three values of a color on my palette (light, medium and dark) were plenty to paint with.  When I learned to use five values, my painting grew better.  I no longer limit myself to five values although I usually start out with five on my palette.  There is an infinite number of values for each hue.  It is most important to understand the proper placement of values to create accurate basic shapes. Continue reading The Three Attributes of Color

Protect Your Painted Wood Pieces With Wax

Some time ago, a question was posted on Facebook about waxing painted pieces.  Waxing with a fine quality paste wax after varnish is dry will not only add a rich luster to your painted piece, it will add durability.  Any piece you’ve painted that will be used in the kitchen or bathroom should have a good coat of wax to protect it from water splashes and humidity.  On a waxed surface, water will simply bead up and dry without causing damage.  Water and high humidity are the enemies of wood.

Original paste wax products contained melted beeswax and vegetable oil which did a fair job of preserving wood but Continue reading Protect Your Painted Wood Pieces With Wax