Thursday, January 16, 2014

3rd Annual MVIS Show

Missouri Valley Impressionist Society is having it's 3rd annual show opening this Friday evening.

Event Dates: 1/17/2014 - 4/6/2014
Location: Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art
2818 Frederick Avenue
Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506
Phone: (816) 233-7003
Fax: (816) 233-3413
Toll Free: 1-888-254-2787

Favorite tool?

Favorite Tools: Paint Scraper

paint scraper
One of my favorite tools of all time.
OK, this is a little insight into the mysterious world of fine art painting – haha!. This is one of my favorite tools. It is a paint scraper. A two buck tool that makes cleaning my palette a joy.
Let me explain.
I am a fanatic about keeping my brushes and palette clean. I believe that I cannot mix colors properly and predictably if there is a mess of colors smeared all over my palette. So I clean my palette several times during a painting session. I use a glass palette which is a piece of 1/4 inch glass I had cut to fit the top of a microwave oven cart. I have a piece of neutral gray paper under it to give me a nice, middle-tone gray to mix my colors against. The reason for a glass palette is to make it easy to clean. I used to use a palette knife to scrape the paint off the palette but it left a residue and some streaks of paint that I would wipe off with a paper towel. Not a big deal but I always felt there would a better way somewhere.
So about a year ago I bought a DVD from Richard Schmid on painting landscapes. He is also a clean freak with a glass palette. In the DVD he nonchalantly scrapes the paint off his palette with a cheap, hardware store, paint scraper. It was beautiful. The obvious simplicity of using that tool was a revelation. Okay, I must be a little slow not to think of it myself. I can take the humiliation. It is a small price for a cool idea.
The one in this picture needs a serious blade replacement.
Any artists have odd favorite tools?

This post is from Michael Lynn Adams blog.  (with permission to repost)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Using the Zorn palette

Mixing the Zorn palette of limited colors: white, yellow ochre, Cad Red Medium and Ivory Black.  The pile between the yellow and red, and the pile to the far right are palette scrapings from creating the chart.

The Zorn chart, via Westerberg Fine Art blog.

8 x 10 on panel

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Leslie Saeta has a blog called 'Slices of Life'.  She began a challenge in Jan., 2014, to paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I decided to take on the challenge and I hope you enjoy my work.  The blog I have used to post this work is:  Come by and visit, sign up and receive an email a day to see if I can hold my feet to the fire….hand to the brush.
This is todays work.
Aspen Dance
9 x 12 oil on canvas panel