Monday, June 27, 2016


This is the painting that I am entering in The Oil Painters of America Salon Show.  Just preparing for this competition has made me a more focused artist.  If my entry is not selected for this very prestigious event, I'll just work harder.  I photographed this outside just a little while ago and it is getting cloudy and stormy -- not a very good photo.  I  definitely will take another one.  (The original image was replaced on July 1st).  Definitely working on my photography skills.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pear and Orange

Painting these small pieces has taught me a lot.  I have been putting into practice all that I have learned in my workshops and videos with Master Artists.  The plan was to improve these still lifes -- make them more interesting -- so that I will be prepared to enter the Oil Painters of America 2016 Salon Show competition.  Forcing myself to meet these goals has improved my work.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Grapes and Orange

As a wise fellow artist said "There is no road map to being an artist".  I keep struggling, going forward, falling back and starting again.  It is a blessing to be able to pursue this very worthwhile endeavor, but it takes commitment and persistence to keep on -- always with the desire to improve.  Hopefully, there will be one person our there who responds to my work.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

One, Two, Three

I changed the lights and darks in this painting in order to produce a more interesting composition.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Footed Bowl

After studying still life videos and the work of several artists, I have taken a second look at my paintings in an effort to improve. Because of my architecture background, I pay too much attention to the rendering of subjects and get lost in little details.  The overall idea or concept needs to comes first which means composition and design.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Oil Painters of America Annual Conference

I had the privilege of attending the Oil Painters of America Annual Conference and Exhibition which was held in Dallas from May 11 to May 15th .  This was truly a wonderful learning experience.  The gorgeous demonstration painting pictured above was done by the distinguished artist Jeff Legg.  The photograph below is of his still life set up.

I purchased his instructional video, but have not been able to view it yet.  I am very much looking forward to studying and learning from the video.