Thursday, March 27, 2014

Oil Painting: Red Pepper Top


Here is the first stage of a red pepper painting I began a little while ago. This is a 4" x 4" oil painting on a panel. This first stage was the simply putting down the red paint and then wiping it away with a scraper that looks like a brush with a rubber tip.


This is the completed painting. I thinned down the paint and made washes/glazes of red over the red areas and then glazed a green over the areas I had wiped away with the rubber scraper. The green areas ended up being about three layers of glaze to get the color and detail that I wanted.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Oil Painting: Apple

This is a small 4" x 4" oil painting.  This was a very satisfying little diddy of a painting.  It's one of those paintings that reminds you to buy new brushes.  I was having a hard time with some of the details and realized I hadn't bought new brushes in quite awhile.  Just another reason to run to Wet Paint and catch up with some friends.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Roddie the Rooster

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Studio does not have a mascot, but Roddie the Rooster has been a central part of our still-life displays that we work from.

So, I sat down the other day and made a quick watercolor portrait of Roddie. I hope you enjoy it.

Roddie was the present of a friend and I have had him for a few years. Originally, I was going to repaint part of him, and then my friend would paint another part of him.  We would pass him back and forth until he was completely repainted in our two varying styles. We never did lay a brush on him.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Watercolor: Clementines in a Bowl

Clementines in a Bowl
10" x 7.5"

Watercolor: Potted Plant

Potted Plant
11" x 8"
on Strathmore 140lb paper

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Watercolor: Balls of Yarn

A painting I completed this weekend.  Watercolor on 140lb paper, 12" x 6". 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Video: Trees in Ink Workshop

You asked for it... well, actually, you didn't.  But here is the video of the Trees in Ink workshop  this last weekend at Jack-in-the-Pulpit Studio.  It was a great workshop with some really hard working artists.  We explored many techniques for using pens and brushes when creating trees in ink. Many thanks to all the students who made this fun and thanks also to Emily Samsel for the music to this video.

For more information about workshops and classes, visit