My new YouTube channel has been LAUNCHED!

My new YouTube channel has been LAUNCHED!

My YouTube channels has been officially launched!  Publishing on YouTube is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community that has been a constant source of information for me. Understanding how it all works is quite the study, but if I can shed light on a new technique or idea to just one person interested in art and painting, then it worth doing!  Planning episodes is proving to take much organization and forethought, its not just painting at my easel anymore, it’s remembering to hit the record button! It’s scary to put yourself out there being an artist as it is, but YouTube dangles you just a little further out from the ledge. Some are not sure about the subscribe button, but as a subscriber of many channels, it is not just a way to be notified of new posts, but it can simply just be supportive. A big THANKS to those that show their support!

Hiring a model to pose.

Hiring a model to pose.

“Church” oil on canvas 20″x20″

Hello everyone, meet Jordan!   This is the third painting I have completed of this very special and talented young lady. She was a student of mine a few years ago, and has since graduated form art school and has moved on to do great things. I was fortunate enough to be able to hire her for a day to capture many shots of poses and situations that I was interested in painting.  My ideas for these designs were somewhat specific and required several wardrobe changes and location moves, but at the end of the day, I had 5 -8 shots out of 650 that had strong potential for becoming really good paintings! My goal was to be able to control the story that I was telling, and to convincingly portray the narrative. Photography skills are a plus when hiring a model but not at a professional level by any means, and besides, phones are making pros out of us all.  “People” are not my category of choice necessarily, I enjoy landscape and still life as well and my true love – river rocks, but I highly recommend  at least thinking about grabbing a friend to experiment with a few poses that you can then do a couple studies from.  This exercise may lead to more refined ideas.  Happy painting 🙂

Hiring a model to pose.

Workshops

Workshops are a great way to learn new technique, refresh stale motivation, and to gain a new discipline. Most painting workshops are in watercolor medium for reasons of  dry time and clean up ease.  Being  primarily an oil painter, I have applied many approaches and techniques that I have gleemed from such workshops. I attended Frank Francese’s class in Boone NC last month and was stripped down and rebuilt in 5 days!

Francese workshop day 4 ” Home Port” watercolor

You can clearly see the fresh and loose feel of the watercolor compared to the tight control of my oil painting. It’s good to get jiggy with it;)

"Greek Isle" Oil

“Greek Isle” Oil

I encourage all painters of all levels to sign up for a workshop!  You will get more out of it than you realize, not to mention have a lot of fun!   As an art teacher (private lessons only) I am a stronger and wiser instructor. I can certainly offer my students more.

 

Happy painting