Friday, August 17, 2012


Use a piece of Masonite about an inch wider on all sides than your watercolor paper. Soak the paper in water till thoroughly wet. Place paper on Masonite.. Hold in place with screen molding or lattice strips and Bulldog clips all along the edges about 1/2 inch. No tape. No Staples. Clean border.

Taking Photos of Paintings

Tape a make-up mirror in the center of the painting. Line up the camera so you can see the lens of the camera. This will insure that your camera and painting are on the same plane and avoid keystoning or warped images.

120817CC082 Completed

120817CC082 completed 24" x 24" oil on panel $1728

Friday, August 10, 2012

6 Primaries

For many years I believed that there were only three primary colors and that is true if you actually can find three tubes that are perfect primaries. However, most paint manufacturers do not make three perfect primaries and you can guess why.
We need actually six primaries. A red that is warm and a red that is cool. A yellow that is warm and a yellow that is cool and likewise, a blue that is warm and a blue that is cool. By mixing a warm Red with a warm Yellow, an intense Orange results. Cross a warm and cool primary and the result will be sullied.

Artisan Water Soluable Oils Mixes

Good saturated mixes with these three Artisan colors.

In Progress #082

Started CC082 today.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

In Progress

120802CC030 36"x36" oil on panel
In Progress

120730CC021 12"x12" oil on panel

Cropped Circles Series 2012

120714CC004 12"x12" oil on panel

The new series "Cropped Circles" were inspired by irrigation circles in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas as seen from an airplane. I cropped an image and worked on it with digital paint programs adjusting colors and values. These have a relation to the symbology of the circle, infinity, the sun, moon, and planets and woman. I have done over 80 studies for this series. Most of the paintings will be in oil paint.