Friday, August 18, 2017

YouTube Vlog #11 - My Palette


Here's my latest vlog on YouTube, where I show you my palette o' colors.  I have a whole bunch more, but what I show you here are my most frequently used colors for portrait, figure, and landscape painting.  I am planning a follow-up video where I demonstrate a little color mixing, but for now I hope this is informative.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

News from the Studio 7/22/17

Hi friends, here is the latest from my studio:

  • In case you haven't seen my announcement on Facebook, I was accepted for the RS Hanna Gallery representation for their Fall Showcase from September 1st - December 31st!  I got the notification late in June, and I have been incredibly busy getting ready for the show since then.  I would truly appreciate your prayers as I get ready for the exhibition.  I've been a little stressed and overwhelmed by all of it, and just hoping that it is a worthwhile thing.  Plus, I am planning on making the trip down there in Fredericksburg, TX for the September 1st opening.  All of the expenses and preparation have been a lot of work (and money), but I'm hopeful for a good outcome from this experience.  
  • To be honest, that is pretty much all the news from the studio I have.  But I have also just posted the latest Vlog #10 on YouTube, where I talk a little bit about the RS Hanna exhibition, and I get one of my paintings ready for the show with a varnishing and a frame.  Here is the latest vlog from the studio:

  • I am planning on showing a few new pieces from my series called Imago Dei at Jones Gallery for the August 4th First Friday, so if you are in the Kansas City area, I hope you will come on out to the gallery and say hello.  I'm really hoping this new series of figure paintings will have some positive responses.  I am hoping to get 2 or 3 at Jones Gallery for August.  I am sending 2 of them to RS Hanna for the September opening.  Here are the latest in the series:
oil on canvas
36x24 inches

oil on canvas
24x20 inches

oil on canvas
20x16 inches

  • Keep tuning in to my YouTube channel for upcoming vlogs!  I still have plenty of ideas to come soon, including more from my art library, First Friday vlogs, my RS Hanna journey, and other vlogs with tips and techniques for all you oil painters out there.  Please check out my channel and subscribe!

More to come soon!

Friday, July 7, 2017

YouTube Vlog #9 - Stages of Oil Painting Part V: Final Touches

Today I posted the fifth and final stage in my oil painting creation process on YouTube.  In this stage, I simply put the finishing touches on the figure using some glazes and scumbled highlights.  I also brought the background to a finish using a number of abstract paint application techniques (more glazing, palette knife, impasto, etc.).  Hope you enjoy this final installment of my Stages of Oil Painting vlog series!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

YouTube Vlog #8 - Stages of Oil Painting Part IV: 2nd Color

Hi friends,

The next vlog is up!  This is my fourth installment of my Stages of Oil Painting, and this one is on the 2nd painting, or 2nd color stage.  Here, the colors of the figure get a little more specific, and I've expanded my palette from the previous limited "Zorn" palette to include some crimson and some ultramarine blue and some dioxazine purple.  Although, I am using these colors sparingly and keeping the application thin and translucent to allow for some of the 1st color to show through.

Stay tuned for the fifth and final stage coming soon!  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy part IV:

Monday, June 26, 2017

News From The Studio 6/26/17

Hello friends,

It's time for an update from the studio, so here it goes:
  • Today was the final deadline for members of National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society to apply for representation at RS Hanna Gallery from September - December.  They extended the deadline an entire month, so I've been waiting that long to find out if I've been accepted.  We'll be hearing from them later this week.  I am nervous either way, because if I'm rejected it'll be a huge bummer.  But if I'm accepted, then I have a lot of work ahead of me to prepare for it.  This is one of the biggest leaps I've taken in a while, and probably my biggest to date.  I need prayer!
  • I am working on so many projects right now, it's a little ridiculous.  I have a new series called Imago Dei, which is a series of figure paintings.  I am also going to be working on a few small works to submit for a NOAPS small works exhibition coming up later this year as well.  I'm really hoping to get into that exhibition because it is going to be showing at my friend Cathy Kline's gallery in Parkville, Missouri.  The trick is to create some particularly outstanding small paintings.  If there's one thing I know about small works, it's that they have to stand out to be noticed.  They have to be exceptional, and that's what I think is going to make this a tough exhibition to get into.  Of course, that's true of any show, but a small works show for sure.
  • So speaking of my Imago Dei series, I've had a bit of a frustrating experience today.  But, I suppose I should welcome myself to the club.  That is, the club for artists who have had artwork censored from Facebook.  Apparently, I am so good at figure paintings that Facebook decided to remove an image of one of my Imago Dei paintings today.  And here it is:
Imago Dei - Balance
oil on canvas
36x24 inches
  • I've decided I'm going to let Facebook have this one... for now.  I may upload it again later, but what for?  I realize full well that works of fine art such as paintings and sculptures depicting the nude figure do not violate their community standards regarding nudity.  It states that explicitly, in fact.  But I am not the only artist to experience this.  Lo and behold, just as I had to deal with this today, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw another artist dealing with the same thing.  And then another artist.  What's the deal, Facebook?  You like censoring art now?  Whatever.
  • Anyway, moving on... in case you didn't notice, I have begun to revive my YouTube channel, and I've posted a bunch of new vlogs over the past several weeks.  They are all posted here on my blog.  And if you haven't yet, please go over to my YouTube channel and subscribe so you can be among the first to see my new vlogs as I post them!  I am currently working on a short series of videos discussing my Stages of Oil Painting, in which I show you each of the different stages that I go through to create an oil painting in the traditional, indirect approach.  They are pretty brief overviews of the process, and not full tutorials on how I do the painting.  I have also recently started a series looking at my art book collection, and talking about which books I recommend for artists, and why they are so resourceful.  This is just the beginning.  I have several more ideas for upcoming vlogs, so please subscribe!!
  • Remember First Friday coming up in the Crossroads in KC on July 7th!  Again, I am showing at Jones Gallery at 1717 Walnut.  Stay tuned for future updates, as I have another First Friday opening in the Crossroads coming up in January 2018 that will be literally only a block away from Jones.  More to come later on that show!

That's all the news for now.  Again, wish me luck this week on that RS Hanna Gallery representation!  Thanks everyone, more to come soon!

Friday, June 23, 2017

YouTube Vlog #7 - Library Tour Part I: Techniques of Genius

Hello again,

Today I posted my first vlog in a series on my collection of art books.  In each video, I will be discussing one or two books out of my library, and how they have been resourceful in my art career.  In this first one, I have two that I'm sharing - One on Velázquez, and the other on Rembrandt.  But these aren't typical books about their work.  They also get into their technique, and give us insights into their painting process, and how they thought visually.

 Knowing art history is more than simply knowing about the lives and works of old masters.  Being familiar with how these masters worked can help us immensely when it comes to developing our own technique.  Hope you all find this vlog helpful, and if you get a chance, be sure to check out these books for yourself!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

YouTube Vlog #6 - Stages of Oil Painting Part III: First Color

Hello my friends,

I have finished the third stage of my figure painting vlog series, and it is up on YouTube now.  This is the first color, or "first painting" stage of the painting in which I apply the first layer of color to the figure, and I talk about how I went about it in my latest video.  Check it out below, and stay tuned because I have probably two more stages left to finish.

Plus, stay tuned in a few days for my first vlog highlighting some of my favorite books in my library (for all you art history nerds).

Here is the latest in Stages of Oil Painting: