A Blog About Oil Painting

In this blog post I show some ways to make a portrait subject work better with a given background....

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Brush Technique in Small Paintings

A discussion of my preferences for paint handling in portraiture and some techniques for better rendering of the features....

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Winter Ferry Crossing - Light on the Water

Like many of my recent landscapes, this started out as something different, and was reworked several times. It was based on a photo taken during a ferry ride to Bremerton in January....

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A Dog Portrait in Pencil

My wife gifted this to her boss's boss on his retirement. As it was done in secret I had to work from some fairly stinky photos, but I managed to piece them together just enough to get it done....

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Painting of a Seattle Neighborhood Street

It took a couple of tries to work out how to do this street scene. I first started it on a large panel, then scraped it off and started anew on a small panel. Switching to cold wax medium helped with layering effects....

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