Thursday, June 05, 2008


The true soul of this painting lies in the richly textured strokes of thick, juicy oil paint. Click the images to see the sculptural surface effect this creates on the canvas.

This idyllic scene has great presence and will bring a note of color and life to any room. But the subject is only part of the message.

From across the room a painting should speak to the viewer; I call this wall power. And when the painting beckons to be scrutinized more intimately, the viewer should discover unexpected layers of additional appeal like brushwork, surface texture and other factors that enhance the visual experience.

This combination of elements keeps a viewer in love with a painting over time. They create magic that lasts.

The sculptural brushwork in this painting is a variation of the same effect demonstrated in the palette knife paintings recently posted on my blog. This time it was created with a brush, but the concept is the same.

These are some of the lessons I will be teaching in upcoming classes and workshops for other artists. If you’re an artist who lives near Orange County you may want to consider joining us for a few of these sessions. They’re always great fun and you’re sure to enjoy yourself.

If you would like to purchase this painting, email me at

Thanks for looking. Have an idyllic day. Life is good.

Today’s thought to smile about:
Puddles of sunlight on the floor


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