True to my “I refuse to read paint product labels” philosophy, my method for varnishing is quite unorthodox. It involves using varnish in ways that are not recommended by artists and paint companies. Still, I love my way of varnishing! It’s quick, easy and hassles free. So despite all of the contradictory advice out there, I am going to keep using varnish in my own way, and I hope you love it too.
Translucent layering is my favorite technique to create depth, add harmony & change the mood of my paintings. In the following blog post, I describe 2 types of translucent layering techniques & how to apply them.
Plaster is my super secret weapon of choice when it comes to texture building. In fact, it is so good and effective, that I have often been asked not to share this trade secret with my students (when I teach at some art stores), for fear that they would buy the plaster instead of the products at the art store.
I love textured paintings! Whether this is done by working with acrylic paint alone, the use of different application tools, mediums and/or incorporating mixed media elements, texture is a great way to experiment and create paintings that are uniquely personal. In the following blog post, I share my 2 favorite mediums for creating texture: Gel Medium & Modeling/Molding Paste.
Early in my career, I was met with conflicting advice from two of my favorite instructors concerning whether or not I should paint the sides of my canvas.
Learn how to get over the fear of the blank canvas. This article explores the benefits of toning including my 3-step process on how to do it.
A few weeks ago I submitted two totally different paintings to my first juried exhibition in Hawai’i: Art Is Healing. One of the paintings was a loose representation of a landscape using bright colors, and the other was a pure abstract in neutral colors. Which one do you think made it into the show?
Pattern, no pattern & blue shop towels. Trust me, it makes a world of difference.
Modelling Paste & Plaster are two products used to create texture on the canvas. What's the difference? Are there advantages to using one as opposed to the other?
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.