The Lies That Photos Tell

If you paint portraits from photos, you instantly have a battle on your hands because those pesky photo references tell lies. Here’s why. Last week I talked about how painting a nose can be tough if you have a bad photo reference. Well, painting the entire head...

Color Color Color…

Controlling color is one of the most important things you can do as an artist… as well as the most difficult. I am currently teaching an 8-week Color and Composition class. This means no “painting” in the class, but rather deep thoughts and planning...

By A Nose…

My students often complain about painting a nose. I hear ya, they are tough… so let’s look at a few things to make painting the schnoz a little bit easier. Check your levels. So it is an interesting thing. Toddlers and babies tend to have the bottom root of the...

Running Around Like a …

Nope you didn’t miss anything … I have skipped a few blog posts. But a wise artist once told me that we have to bend “when life gets in the way” so here is what has been keeping me so busy. Last time I wrote I was on my way to New York, fondly...