My Friend Greg LaRock OPA—How One Artist Influenced Many, for the Good

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands…so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.”    --1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Greg painting ... Read More...

Racing in the Dark

The Bird Watcher by © Lyn Boyer9" x 12" - Oil on linenOil Painters of America National Wet Paint Competition 2020 - Award of Merit Meet Bean, a diminutive black rescue dog with a randomly crooked smile. Bat Dog impersonator, she races ... Read More...

The Role of Color Temperature in Painting

When I wrote my book on painting with a concept, I listed five key elements for creating a  workable, harmonious painting: Values, Edges, Paint Quality (integrity of the paint), Agent  (you as the painter guiding the work), and ... Read More...

How Do Your Paintings Sound?

Leveraging All of Your Senses to Create More Impactful Paintings The importance of a strong composition is well known to painters. Once a good design is selected, we make choices and adjustments using our toolbox of techniques to create ... Read More...

Reflected Light

Detail from The Last Rose by Elise ZollerOil Edward Hopper once said, “There is a sort of elation about sunlight on the upper portion of a house”.  I would add – particularly a white house.  Because there is nothing white about ... Read More...

Pondering My Steps

Garden Roses by Lynne Wirthlin16" x 12" Having a vision is not merely living in a fantasy world or wishful thinking, it’s a real thing. It implies having a mental picture of something and seeing it there before it actually is. Having a ... Read More...

Cultivating the Creative Habit

Being creative is hard, being creative every day is a near impossible thing. I can sit in front of my canvas for what seems like hours unable to begin, completely distracted by the little things in life that we all have to deal with. ... Read More...

Color mixing inspired by the Munsell system

What is the Zorn palette? What did Sargent’s palette consist of? Artists have always been intrigued by palettes of other artists. Why is our palette so important? Our paint colors define and influence who we are as artists; in particular, ... Read More...

The one thing we can count on is change—and sewing masks!

The year 2020 started off like most years with back-to-back plans for travel to events, shows and other painting adventures. Then COVID 19 hit and we slammed on the brakes of our planned lives. All our friends we planned on painting with, ... Read More...

More Than Meets the Eye

Still Stirring (At 93) by Susan Patton 14" x 11" - Oil (This is my grandmother that I speak of.) Growing up, I remember walking a trail to my grandparents house that was “up the hill” from my house. I would let gravity take me down ... Read More...