Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Jack Richeson & Co. Grey Matters Brushes

In every painting class I teach, I'm asked this question: "How can I gain better control of my brushstrokes?"

While the full answer involves a number of things, most importantly practice, I often hand over one of my brushes and say "Try this." Almost every time I do, a short time later, the next question is "Where can I get these?"

I've used almost every brand of brush available. I tried Jack Richeson & Co. Grey Matters brushes for the first time just last year, and I've been using them every day since. They are still as good as new. I can't stress this enough - a quality brush that holds its shape perfectly, use after use, is essential to painting exactly the stroke you want, where you want it.

If you want to try the brushes I use every day, you can buy them here: 



Sunday, August 12, 2018

Pet Portrait - Ken

I was recently asked which of my paintings is my favorite. I would have to say that my portraits of our pets are still my favorite pieces.

Here's one of them, a detail of my portrait of our cat Ken. He hated it whenever we were doing anything that made our laps unavailable to him, and he would drape himself so his head hung over our old desktop computers, or the furniture, or whatever was handy that would allow him to stare us down until we were sufficiently guilt tripped into giving him a lap again.





Saturday, August 11, 2018

Ellis County Art Association Floral Workshop II

I really enjoyed working with this great group of artists at my second floral workshop for the Ellis County Art Association in Waxahachie, Texas. They came to class intent on challenging themselves, and great things happened as a result.

I can't thank Tina Bohlman enough for inviting me to teach at such a great arts organization in one of the most charming towns in Texas.





Friday, August 10, 2018

Floral Demonstration Painting - Ellis County Art Association Floral Workshop II

I tried something new with this demonstration painting on the last day of my second floral workshop for the Ellis County Art Association.

This hour-and-a-half floral was painted by committee. I started it, and asked my class to evaluate it and provide suggestions based on all of the criteria we discussed over the past few days. I made changes based on their input, and together we solved problems and improved the painting.


Monday, August 6, 2018

Public Demonstration Painting - Ellis County Art Association

I really enjoyed my free public demonstration Monday evening at the Ellis County Art Association. I painted a marina scene for a great group of people that I had a lot of fun with. 

Thanks to each and every person who attended, and my thanks again to Tina Bohlman and the Ellis County Art Association for yet another great experience.




Sunday, August 5, 2018

Floral Demonstration Painting - Ellis County Art Association Floral Workshop I

My last two-hour demonstration painting for the first of my floral workshops at the Ellis County Art Association this month.



Ellis County Art Association Floral Workshop I

What a great group. Every single person had an 'aha' moment at one point or another, whether it was in color, value, or brush work. Painting florals teaches us so much.

My thanks to Tina Bohlman and the Ellis County Art Association for inviting me to teach two floral workshops in Waxahachie, Texas this month. I had a great time with my first group, and am looking forward to my second floral class, which starts Tuesday morning.

Everyone hard at work on the last day of the first workshop.

Our group critique at the end of the first floral workshop.

Me with all of the great floral workshop I artists.