Finding Your Surface

One day a painter friend gave me a linen panel. It was a primed with four coats of an oil based ground. It was beautiful. After that, painting on canvas from the hobby/craft store would never be the same. I was used to painting on canvasses ... Read More...

Just Kids

What makes portraits of kids so delightful? Besides the fact that children are active and endearing, there are differences an artist needs to consider when painting a child’s face.  Proportion is especially important. My early ... Read More...

Painting a Series

 “The Chase” by Lisa David, 16" x 20" Oil on canvas We all have them - our personal favorite painting, the baby, the one painting you were born to paint! Sometimes, we get lucky. The perfect combination of subject, composition, ... Read More...

Vietnam Veteran finds Solace in Oil Painting

John Melillo As Memorial Day approaches, we wanted to take the time to honor all Veterans and celebrate the experience of art that has become a solace and rewarding experience to many Veterans today. Especially oil painting… John ... Read More...

The Art of Flow

“The self expands through acts of self forgetfulness.” – Mihály Csíkszentmihályi What is Flow? Why is it important in the creative arts and how do I find it? Flow can be defined simply as “Optimal Experience” or “as the mental ... Read More...

What’s Important In My Paintings and What Is Secondary?

"The Swirl of Life" By Albert Handell Pastel - 12"x 18" Do you ever find yourself wondering what's important in your painting and what is secondary? I remember when I was younger and not clear about this, (what was of primary ... Read More...

My 3 Essential Ingredients
for a Plein Air Painting

“Plein Air Painting has a language all its own.”  --Mark Kerckhoff Moment, Place, and Feeling “Capturing the moment” is certainly a worthwhile endeavor in plein air landscape painting—sometimes it seems almost ... Read More...

Back to Basics: Edges

"Break For Lunch" by David Dibble60" x 60" Over the past two years I have done several posts on a progression of principles dealing with: DrawingValueColorEdges For the final post in this four-part series, I will deal with the ... Read More...

Why Should I Varnish My Painting?

Most of us have been in this situation before – our painting has finally reached a point of completion, it’s dry and ready to be sent off but you’ve noticed that the surface quality is uneven – there are glossy areas in some parts of the ... Read More...

Who Do You Paint For Anyway?

2018 Third on Canvas Fundraiser Painting is my passion and my muse! If you are like me, then you paint because you feel like you might die of a broken heart if you could not! I love painting and feel very blessed to be able to do ... Read More...