Sunday, November 12, 2017

News from the Studio 11/12/17

Hello my friends,

We are just under a week away from the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society Small Works Exhibition at Cathy Kline Art Gallery in Parkville, Missouri!

I have one painting in the show, called "Overcast Day", and it will be available for purchase at the gallery through the end of the year.  Please contact Cathy Kline at 913-449-4460 or to inquire about purchasing.

Overcast Day
oil on panel
8x10 inches
Available at Cathy Kline Art Gallery, Parkville, MO
I am so honored to also have the opportunity to do a painting demonstration at the NOAPS Small Works show.  I will be joining my friends Adam and Andrea Clague on Saturday, November 18th at Cathy Kline Art Gallery, and the 3 of us will be doing painting demonstrations from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Join us!

I will also be recording my demo as I did at the NOAPS exhibition in Fredericksburg, TX and posting it to YouTube.  Stay tuned, and if you missed my demo from RS Hanna Gallery, you can view it right here:

And speaking of Fredericksburg, my work is also available for purchase at RS Hanna Gallery through the end of the year.  To see my available pieces, click here:

Please contact Shannon Hanna at RS Hanna Gallery at 830-307-3071 or to inquire about purchasing.

I have been working on some new YouTube videos to be posted soon.  My latest will be a first in a small series of videos on drawing, and a few important lessons on understanding some the fundamental principles of representational drawing.  This first video will be about drawing the value sphere, and what exactly the importance of the exercise is (so you don't think it's just an arbitrary and meaningless exercise in drawing a ball).  I will also be recording videos on portrait drawing, drawing with toned paper, and the benefit of master copies.  Stay tuned, I've been busy but I fully intend on doing videos on all of those topics.  It just might take a while!

I am currently working on a few different paintings.  One landscape piece, and a rare still life effort.  Rare for me, anyway.  Here is the latest piece I finished recently of a view of Galilee, returning to my Holy Land-inspired pieces:

oil on linen
10x20 inches

I am hoping this painting will be available soon in a small exhibition that Cathy Kline herself invited me to participate in at her church.  More information on that will be available soon!

That is all the news I have for now.  Please visit my Facebook Page to see more of my work, and contact me at for more information or to inquire about purchasing other works.

Friday, October 13, 2017

YouTube Vlog #15 - The NOAPS Exhibition at RS Hanna Gallery

The latest vlog is up, and here I talk a little bit about my trip to Fredericksburg, TX for the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society Exhibition at RS Hanna Gallery.
I had such an awesome time walking around Fredericksburg, checking out the shops and the Main Street RS Hanna location, and of course checking out the show and doing my painting demo.  I met some really great people and enjoyed chatting with them.  I don't know when I will be back to visit the gallery, but probably not before the end of the NOAPS show.
A huge thanks to Shannon and Teresa once again for being so welcoming and kind.  It was a pleasure meeting both of you, and I hope you can sell some of my work while I'm away!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Painting Demonstration at RS Hanna Gallery

Hey friends!

I just got back from Fredericksburg, TX a few days ago after a great trip to visit the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society exhibition at RS Hanna Gallery.  While I was there, I had the opportunity to do a little 2-hour painting demo, and I recorded the whole thing for your viewing entertainment!  I've condensed it down to just under 7 minutes for those of you that have no patience to watch a 2-hour long video.  Hope you enjoy it, and I will have another blog entry about my trip soon, so stay tuned for that.  In the meantime...

Friday, September 22, 2017

YouTube Vlog #14 - More on Inspiration

Hey friends!
Today I have a new vlog on YouTube, and I'm talking once again about inspiration.  Particularly, how do we as artists stay inspired and motivated when we are in a position that could lead to the dreaded "painter's block" situation?  How do we stay motivated and prevent a slump in our creativity?  My answer:  Stay productive!  Do little drawing and painting sketches every chance you get, read some good art books, watch some good art videos on YouTube, go online and look at/study art by your favorite artists, etc.  Whatever you do, don't just sit there and wait to be inspired.  Keep art on the mind and allow yourself to find new inspiration in these things.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

YouTube Vlog #13 - Current Projects

Hey everyone,
Here is the latest vlog, just showing what new paintings I've been working on lately.  Including some of the pieces I've entered for the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society Small Works show in Parkville, MO.  I'll be getting the official notification of (hopefully) acceptance at the end of this month.  Also, please check out RS Hanna Gallery's website to see my available paintings and contact the gallery to inquire about pricing and purchasing:

Saturday, September 2, 2017

News from the Studio 9/2/17

Hey there my friends, here is the latest from the studio:

  • The National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society show at R.S. Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas has officially kicked off.  The unfortunate news, however, is that they had to postpone their First Friday Art Walk demos and festivities for September 1st because of the hurricane's aftermath, and the flooding in Texas that has caused many issues with travel.  I had planned on being there this weekend for the September Art Walk to see the show and do a painting demonstration.  But due to the cancellation, I will be heading down there for First Friday, October 6th.  I plan on doing my painting demo at that time, and hopefully will be able to do a live stream video via YouTube.  I will keep you all posted on that as it gets closer.

  • I have submitted entries for two more exhibitions this fall.  Both of which are juried shows, so I will post updates soon as I am notified on whether or not I am accepted.  The first is the 11th Annual State of the Arts Juried Show in Prairie Village, Kansas at the R.G. Endres Gallery.  The other show is the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society Small Works Show in Parkville, Missouri.  Stay tuned for news on both of these shows!
  • Here are the latest works in my Imago Dei series:
oil on canvas
24x20 inches

oil on canvas
36x24 inches

oil on canvas
28x22 inches
  • Cocoon is available at Jones Gallery in Kansas City, and both Glide and Contrition are currently available through my studio.  Please contact me at to inquire about purchasing.
That is all the news for now.  Stay tuned for more vlogs coming up on YouTube, as well as news about fall shows and future works.  

Thursday, August 31, 2017

YouTube Vlog #12 - Zorn Palette Demo

I posted this latest vlog a little while ago on YouTube, so here it is if you haven't seen it.  It's a follow-up to my previous one where I showed you my palette and some of the colors I use.  In this one, I do a very basic color-mixing demo using the Zorn palette just to show you what kinds of variations of colors, tints and such that you can get with such a limited palette.  And in particular, I wanted to show the sorts of things you can accomplish with black (for those of us who have been taught to avoid black on our palettes).  Hope you enjoy!