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Ocean Painting Completion!

I've completed the large ocean painting. This is a 48" x 36" oil on panel painting that is for my wife for Christmas. After many months of on-and-off work on it in the evenings and weekends, I am laying my brushes down. This large painting will be the centerpiece for our ocean themed bedroom and a tentative title for now is "Afternoon at the Beach." Click on the images below to for a larger view of this piece. Video I hope you enjoyed the demonstration of this painting. comin

Ocean Painting - Prepping the Surface for Paint

This large 48" x 36" acrylic panel needed to be prepped for painting, The substrate was in an original state where the paint would not be able to adhere to it's surface. So, the first thing I did was sand the entire surface and then applied several layers of gesso, then I sanded the entire surface by hand in different directions so as to create a weave type of pattern that the oil paint can adhere to. This process took about 4 hours in total, but I was pretty satisfied with t

Why Studies Matter

In this post, I'll discuss why I think smaller studies really matter with regard to the completion of a larger final piece of art. First, a study, in my opinion is a way of concentrating on problematic areas that you, as an artist, may have to face later in your final work. I have gone straight at a painting, thinking I was very confident to complete it in one fell swoop, but rather, what happened is that I hit a brick wall, having not thought out my composition very well, a

Painting the Ocean - Beginnings

For the longest time, a blank canvas or a blank piece of art paper would intimidate me. However, I've learned to embrace it and not be worried about what I would paint or draw, but rather flip that thought and instead, imagine or rather visualize the vast possibilities of what I could paint or draw. For this piece, the ocean, being influenced so much by living near the ocean for a good chunk of my life, my mind wasn't blank for what I could do, but rather what I'd like to e