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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
Details and water drops
Attention to good detail is important whether you are painting realistic floral arrangements, fruit, vegetables, sharp focus still life, landscapes, animals or portraits of people . The glint of light in an eye or on a water drop, pollen on a pistol, tiny stamens in a flower center or bug [...]