Compelling and interesting shadow shapes are one very critical component to creating excitement in your oil painting compositions. Light, light direction, light diminishing and building, and light falling on objects can be used to the fullest and will portray drama and mystery depending on how you use it in each particular place on your composition. [read more]
Chiaroscuro and Other Oil Painting Techniques
Chiaroscuro is from the Italian language and the root meaning is chiaro, light, and scuro (obscure), dark. It is a perfect technique to use in oil painting to achieve drama of contrasts such as that used by the 17th Century Dutch. Another technique that helps attain this look is impasto oil painting, which is used freely in the main focus of the composition and then to a lesser degree in the shadow areas. It is very effective in all sizes and subject matter such as oil paintings of flowers, still life, and even landscape. Fumed Silica gel is a great medium to use for getting texture in oil painting. It is a combination of linseed oil and silica mixed together which forms a fluffy clear medium. When mixed with paint, the consistency retains its shape and stays put with no slumping.
Sometimes painting small and very intimate compositions is the most gratifying. This 8×10 inch piece is very simple, but the shadow shapes are compelling and dramatic. If you have interesting light, the painting is much more fun, and lights and darks flow across the canvas in a manner that captures the viewer and holds them [read more]
Some of the most frequently asked questions from both artists and collectors are, “What is your process, how do you decide what to paint, and how do you think through to the finish of an oil painting?” Sometimes this is difficult to describe but I find if I plan with great detail then paint the [read more]
This past summer, Dave and I had the great pleasure of hosting a studio visit that resulted in some interesting connections and enlightenments. This particular group of collectors were visiting the Northwest from Australia. Having visited this area in the past, they fell in love with Oregon and just happened to find my oil paintings [read more]
Because I am a helpless and impossibly hopeless collector of antiques, I fell in love with this style of ceramics and began to develop a collection to use it as subject matter in my oil paintings. It is quite fun and challenging to paint because of the raised beading called moriage (pronounced mor-ee-ah-gee, as in gee-whiz). It [read more]