Tools, Tutorials & Lessons
I’ll share some of my art secrets with you – my own odd ways of working developed over some years. I work with oils on paper, panel and canvas, in watercolor, colored pencil, graphite pencil, sometimes pastel. And I love using acrylics for mixed media.
Tell me what you want to learn
If you have questions, I’ll take comments on this page. That will help me develop a good Q&A, too!
My first love was outdoor painting, on the island where I grew up in Michigan. We’d head out in the rowboat or speedboat and drop anchor some lovely spot, and let the beauty of the water inspire us.
You can get a lot of information down with just a warm and a cool pigment. Consider 2 watercolor pencils, perhaps ultramarine and burnt sienna, and one of those lovely portable water brushes. Another thing I adore is water soluble graphite. Makes a lovely wash, plus you have those pencil textures.
Travel by Air
- Airlines will say they do not allow paint in either the cabin nor carryon luggage. Here’s how to get around that.
- call your paints “artist’s colors”
- carry the MDSM sheet for several paints showing the low flammability of the paints.
- put your thinner and medium in 3 ounce bottles, take a few of them. If challenged, point out that 3 oz of nail polish remover is certainly just as hazardous.
Plein Air Oil Painting
Hauling your oil painting kit around takes a bit of planning, and now that ‘plein aire’ painting has become a competitive sport, there are plenty of cool products that make things easier. Here’s some of what’s worked for me.
- Fast Drying Oils – Alkyd, Griffin, Gamblin, DaVinci
- Classic colors
- gessoed paper
- lightweight easel
- folding chair