Oil Painting Palette Layout

For those of you who are interested in oil painting, I thought I would share the colors and layout of my basic palette (pronounced pah-lette – accent on first syllable).  It is based on the Daniel Greene palette, with my own modifications. My basic colors are listed...

Next Stage of Oil Portrait

At this stage, I have blocked in the background and basic colors over the black/white underpainting. I started to define the face and clothing.  It is already taking on a three dimensional look, which may be hard to see in the photo. I have to say that I have come to...

Pastel Portrait of Couple

Just completed a new pastel portrait. It is a 16 x 20 pastel portrait on paper. This is going to be a gift for two very special people – Chuck and Barbara – who live in Phoenix. They are two of the sweetest people I have ever met, so it was a real pleasure to do this...

Artist Performance Anxiety

If being a “tortured artist” means self doubt and fear of failing, then I guess I’m a little more of that stereotype than I would like to admit. Every time before I start a new piece, I still get a twinge of anxiety and have to push myself into...