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My Artistic Moments

This blog is about my journey with oil paints. It is a place where I will journal my successes and hopefully not too many failures. Moreover, I am hoping to share, inspire, entertain, and motivate my visitors.

Updated: 2018-03-06T05:05:02.354-05:00


Blue and White Jar with Fruits, An Original Oil Painting



This painting was a bit more involved than my usual paintings, It took extra sittings to complete this piece. It has multiple layers of glazes and scumblings to heighten it's color and sense of drama. As much as I love alla prima painting, nothing excites me more than bringing a painting up to this level of a polished finish. Hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed painting it

Blue and White Jar with Fruits is painted on a 16" x 20" oiled primed canvas. The painting depicts a green apple, peaches, grapes, a green vine along with a blue and white jar/ canister.

Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Oil Painting


One of my greatest joys of summer is the taste of homegrown veggies. This years garden has kindly graced me with a steady of supply of my favorites. These were painted from tomatoes from the garden. They were indeed a pleasure to paint. Lessons learned were that tomatoes are not as red as I thought.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hanging Pear


My obsession with painting pears continues. I know I should be painting something else, but I always manage to sneak in a pear or two. Nevertheless, it was a sheer delight to paint this one.

Hanging Pear is an oil painting on an 11 x 14 canvas.

Sunflowers, A Tribute to Vincent Van Gogh


Without a doubt, Van Gogh is one of my favorite Master Artist. This painting was inspired by Van Gogh's Vase with 12 Sunflowers. I had the pleasure of visiting this painting at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

I won't pretend to have capture the vivacity and intensity of the original, but overall I am pleased with this painting. I love the thick applications of twirling and swirly paint strokes applied with almost a reckless abandon, only to come together in the end to form a cohesive piece of work. Painting these sunflowers not only encouraged me to try a different style of painting, but it also renewed my appreciation for the circle of life. Thank you Vincent.

Chinese Take Out


One day while raiding the fridge for something quick and easy for lunch, I found some left over Chinese food. The light in the refrigerator must have trigger the light in my head. For not only had I found lunch, I also had an interesting subject for this painting. I am still debating about putting the red Chinese lettering on the container.

Two Cherries, Original Oil Painting


I love painting fruit. There is something expecially fun and energetic about painting cherries. I think I just like experimenting with different shades of red. I just bought a bag of them, so if I can manage to paint them before I eat them all, there will be more cherry paintings to come.

After the Storm


It is cold here on the East Coast. I am longing for the gently warmth of the summer, sea breezes and waves hitting the shore. It is no wonder that I am painting seascapes to keep warm. After the storm, is a wave study I did in preparation for a another landscape that I am planning to paint.

This is monochromatic. It was done with ultramarine blue and titanium white. It took about a half an hour to complete. While this not exactly the waves I was after, I am pleased with the overall sense of movement that the waves convey.

I will try to get a better picture tomorrow, if the sun shines.

Springtime in the Country


I am planning to get out and do more plein air painting this year. I love colorful and dramatic skies. Which was my motivation to paint Springtime in the country. The sky was passionate and almost poetic, which was the feeling that I tried to convey with this piece. Springtime in the Country is painted on a 12 x 24 mdf board.

Thanks for stopping by.

Yellow Roses



Hi Everyone, Well it is supposed to rain, sleet and snow again today. So, I thought it would be a good time to start a new painting. I was up really early this morning and worked on some sketches for my next painting projects.

My New Years resolution is to paint at least two paintings a week...I only make a couple of resolutions and those that I make, I try to keep. I hate breaking promises to myself. For instance, every year I always promise to lose weight. I start the year motivated, exercising and eating right. By mid year I, for what every reason, I am back to my old habits. By the end of the year, I am lucky if I did not gain any weight. Unfortunately, for me I usually gained a couple of extra pounds. So at least for me, losing weight is no longer a New Year's resolutions and I am longer disappointed with myself and I have even managed to shed a few pounds. I think I am using reverse psychology on myself. But it works. lol.

These roses were on the table at my favorite Mexican eatery. They were calling to me paint me, paint me. I was really fascinated by the reflections in the glass vase. The light was just beautiful. I took a couple of pictures and jotted down a few notes. Of course, everyone in the restaurant thought I was a certifiable nut. I'll risk a few strange stares for my art.

I hope you all enjoy this painting as much as I did painting it. The multi-color petals were a real challenge. Yellow roses is painted with oil paints on an 16 x 20 canvas.

Thanks for stopping by and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all.

The Making of "The Muffin" Tutorial


This oil painting tutorial is by no means the be all end all to painting a muffin. As you know, there are as many ways to paint as there are artist. What I hope to provide is motivation, inspiration and a little technical knowledge to anyone interested, as I explain how I approached this particular painting .The first thing I would suggest for any artist to do is study you subject. Whether you are painting from life or a photo, get to know your subject. Study each area of the object. Look for areas of light, dark, shadows. Ask yourself:1. What colors do I see?...Look for color patterns and shapes.2. How I will paint the object...What techniques will I employ?.3. Also make mental notes of any area that you might find challenging."The Muffin" was painted from real life. The photo shows the actual muffin that was used. I started this one by studying the muffin. I divided into areas the were defined by colors and shapes. I also made mental notes of where there were transitions of color.The palette and material used were:Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Naples Yellow, Transparent Red Oxide Red, Ivory Black and TitaniumWhite.8 x 8 gallery wrapped canvas.No. 8 Filbert, No. 4 Filbert, No. 2 Round and No. 6 Fan BrushM. Graham Walnut Alkyd mediumI start by sketching the muffin on the canvas using very burnt sienna thinned with medium. For the background I used titanium white and Cadmium yellow. The yellow was used to provide a hint of warmth. The foreground was blocked Ivory Black and White to createvarious shades of gray. Next I blocked in some of the basic shapes and color tones using a mixture of cadmium orange and trans oxide red. I chose to use the colors in the muffin for the initial block in for the shadow area because I wanted to add interest to the shadow areas.Next, I experimented with different mixtures of colors. These were used to fill in the shapes trying to match the color that I saw in the muffin.Finally some of the edges were blended to create softer transitions. Dashes of colors were placed here and there. The background and foreground were blended together using a soft fan brush. To complete the painting, the shadowed area was painted again with various shades of gray allowing some of the initial colors to show.[...]

Chocolate Candy



I originally had planned for this painting to be a demo. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures. The picture on the right shows my progress when my memory returned.

I will say that I painted this one faster than usual because my model was under constant threat of being eaten, by everyone in my family, including myself. After this painting was done, the candy did not stand a chance.

Chocolate Candy is painted on a 11 x 14.

Gossip, Three Pears, Original Oil Painting


The inspiration for "Gossip" came from a recent trip to one of our local diners. There were 3 friends sitting at the counter, having coffee, laughing, talking and just enjoying each others company. This painting conveys the colorfulness, liveliness and the energy the ladies exhumed. I enjoyed their presence.

These three lovelies are painted on a 8 x 10 canvas with artist quality oil paints. I used a basic palette consisting of cadmium red, cadmium yellow, sap green, ultramarine blue, burnt umber and titanium white.

Cosmix, Original Oil Painting 11 x 14


Cosmic was painted plein air on the eastern shoreboard. A storm was approaching, so this one was painted with a sense of urgency. Which if I was successful, is conveyed with expressive brushstrokes and the wonderful brilliant colors.

Continental Breakfast


My puppy is a thief. I should have named him Bandit instead of Nitro. Nitro is a 8 month old lab shepherd mix, that we adopted from our local animal shelter. If Nitro does not have to attend to puppy things, (translation getting into trouble) he is usually close by me when I paint. But on this particular day, I guess, Nitro got it in his puppy mind that he wanted to create a painting too. I had my tubes of paint on the table, while working on this piece. I should have know that he was up to no good, because he was quiet. While my attention was diverted, Nitro decided to help himself my ultramarine blue tube of paint. He chewed up an almost full tube of paint, leaving just the cap. The mess that my adorable puppy created is almost indescribable. Needless to say there was blue paint all over the floor, the carpet in the family room and the Nitro's mouth and paws. In retrospect I should have dipped his tail in the paint and used his tail as a brush.

After overcoming my initial outrage, at his thievery, my concerns turned toward his health. I was not sure what type of pigments are in ultramarine blue, I knew that the oils would not hurt him. I called my vet and was advise that more he would probably be alright, but watch him for any change in his condition. I am happy to report that Nitro continues to be healthy, and mischievous. I am anxiously waiting for him outgrow his terrible 2's.

Continental Breakfast is painted on an 11 x 14 canvas. The underpainting was done with yellow ochre. I used a limited palette, consisting of yellow orche, indian red, ultramarine blue, (Nitro's favorite color), alizarin crimson, oxide of chromium, and titanium white. Thanks for stopping by.

Beached, Green Row Boat


This one graces an 8 x 1o canvas. I used sand from a recent trip to the beach to create the textures in the sand.



This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending an art fair in one of the neighboring municipalities There were plenty of vendors in attendance. While it was a nice event, it was a little disappointing for me because of the lack of Art. This fair should have been aptly named Craft Fair. There was plenty of jewelry, trinket, bird houses and things on wooden sticks. Unfortunately, there was only 5 artist present out of about 200. I wonder if art fairs, in the pure sense, are becoming a thing of the past. Thereby, no longer a profitable venue for self-representing artist.

I call this one, (no surprise) Oranges. These scrumptious beauties were created by glazing. There are about 5 or 6 layers of thin paint. Each layer was allowed to dry before adding a new layer. I like the way this one turned out.


I went on a brush shopping adventure today. They had a good selection of brushes. All of which, were vying for my attention. Unfortunately, I made the super bad mistake of taking dh with me. Dh was very annoying, impatient and borderline obnoxious. thus ruining my brush shopping experience. Needless to say, I left the store utterly disgusted and frustrated. Lesson learn, take dh's credit card and leave him at home. I will attempt to shop for brushes again this weekend.

I completed this painting a couple of month ago. It is aptly titled "Grapes and Pears". This painting was accomplished in part with thin layers of glazing on the grapes. I employed a dry brush technique on the pears.

Cover Foot Bridge Over Water



This is my first landscape. I must confess, that I enjoyed this painting and I plan to do more. This particular bridge is one of a few historic footbridges left in PA. This added to my privilege of being able to render on canvas. It is painted with oils on an 11 x 14 canvas.


Fish in a Red Bowl


This one was fun to paint. Fish in a Red Bowl is painted on a collaged newspaper background that compliments the fresh mackerel in a bowl. The fish are contained in a deep vibrant red dish, which also compliments the blue and green hues reflected in the scales of the fish. This one is painted on a 12 x 12 mdf board. As always, comments and critiques are welcomed.




This is a painting of an American Avocet. This bird has an elegant profile and striking coloration. In summer it can be found in temporary and unpredictable wetlands across western North America where it swings its long upturned bill through the shallow water to catch small invertebrates.

I used a new to me technique to paint him. He is painted on an 8 x 10 canvas. I used modeling paste to achieve the birds textures. I applied the modeling paste with a knife. The paste was allowed to dry overnight. I painted him the next day using a limited pallette,consisting of ultramarine blue, white, yellow ochre and alizarin crimson.

I was pleased with the way the painting turned out. I just hope that my photography skills were able capture some of the interest and texture in this piece.

Life is Just A Bowl Of Cherries


Cherries are another one of my summertime favorites. This one was fun to paint. I started one with a grisaille under painting and glazed with layers of the rich colors. Life is a bowl of Cherries is painted on an 11 x14 canvas.

Boats at the Dock of the Bay.


It is summer. It is my favorite time of the year. During this season my thoughts tend to drift toward the ocean, sea, and lakes. Pretty much any place that I can get wet and cool off might find itself a subject for a painting. This piece is called Boats at the Dock of the Bay. It was inspired by a boating contest that I was fortunate enough to attend on the Chesapeake Bay. Save Now

Lone Red Boat



Wow it has been awhile since I updated my blog. I can believe how time slips away when you are busy with "life", work, family, and excuses. I am glad to steal a few moments to update and share. My attempt at a painting a day has failed miserable. I am now going to refer these quickies as my "every once and awhile" paintings. Here is one I completed in about 2 hours. Comments and critiques are always welcome. I call this one "Lone Red Boat"

Red Apple