From November 16th-December 14th last year 2016, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of three artists in residency at the Studios of Key West, a "cultural center of the arts". This is where I was able to teach my very first full day workshop, which sold out with twelve students. Also while there I had a lot of time to explore the island, taking photos every chance I got, especially in the "old town" section where all the beautiful architecture and landscaping make for some amazing pictures and paintings. The rest of the time I spent on the beach, visiting Dry Tortugas Island, or plein air painting. Though I wasn't that happy with the paintings I produced during this trip, I did learn a lot and it has definitely influenced my color palette! While there I found it extremely difficult to get colors bright enough, the water is this gorgeous turquoise and bougainvillea is a striking hot pink, none of which could be found in my "Midwestern landscape" palette I was using at the time. Since then I have added magenta, pthalo turquoise, pthalo blue, and other bright colors I was afraid to use before. It was an incredible experience with amazing people from The Studios, and something I would definitely recommend if you can make it to Key West sometime, its an amazing place to see!
I'm teaching oil painting lessons at Inspire Studio and Gallery in Carmel Indiana every Wednesday from 10am-1pm. Each class we complete one painting from start to finish and focus on the basics like massing in large shapes and color mixing. This class is perfect for beginner to intermediate level painters!
Price: $45 per class
Location: Inspire Studio and Gallery, Carmel Indiana
To register please call 317-517-1213
1 16x20 canvas
Cadmium yellow pale hue
Cadmium yellow deep hue
Cerulean blue hue
A palette knife for mixing, any size should work fine
Gamsol or turpentine for cleaning brushes
Several different sized brushes, one at least an inch wide
palette to mix on (you can use wood, plastic, or those disposable paper palette pads)
I tend to use a lot of paint so I buy the 200ml tubes, but if you want to save a little money and not use as much paint, you can try 37ml tubes especially to start with. All supplies can be found at Michaels or Hobby Lobby craft stores.
This is an older article about my earlier work when I was right out of college in 2008. It is very well written and includes some photos of my work, if you can't tell I was all about detail and small brushes at that time ;) oh how my paintings have changed since then...
One of my palette knife paintings was featured on this beautiful blog about decorating...check it out!!
Just finished these two lady bug paintings...both are 20"x20" oil on canvas and hang nicely side by side. Edges are painted, so no need for framing. Hope you like them!! :)
Painting Finished!! The inspiration for this painting
came from a quote I ran across..."Nobody can go back and start a new beginning
but anyone can start today and make a new ending." It's entitled "New Ending"
30"x40" oil on canvas and will be heading to Wind Water and Light Gallery in
Urbana IL soon!
Just dropped them off at the school yesterday and everyone was pleased! Thank you to Next Generation School for ordering the commissions...so glad you like my work and are happy with your new paintings! They have a wonderful new home :)
Art is my full time job and passion. I cannot go more than two days without the