Koi Painting work in progress painting…

Trying to pull together several painting so they can be finished, one for a customer, one for a show and one just for me.

Below you can see several paintings I have sitting about my studio space… I am working on all of them at once…. trying to get them either finished or started.   I work this way sometimes because its best to let some paintings sit rather then work on them too long.  They become over worked and stagnant if painted for hours and hours.   One is an oil painting which I just need a few adjustments and it will be complete…  its the water painting with the yellow trees.  The next looks like a light blue and purple combination, its also a water painting and we do not know where its going but I have a pastel kinda monet feeling for it so it will start in that direction.

The one on the floor is the one I started yesterday and I  will work on it today.  Its the only watercolor in the bunch so I’ll have to clean my pallet before I start painting it again.

This painting is sitting on my back porch to dry Its a combination of Gesso and watercolor painted on canvas.



I started this yesterday ( Thursday) I like it but I may have to change two things. Its Oil on canvas 18 by 24. I’ll let it set overnight and decide tomorrow.
it was so beautiful today I think about 70 degrees….. I could hardly stand staying indoors and doing my work. I went to the lake (Lake Wylie SC) and walked for about an hour, with the dogs of course.

I am working on a big project right now… up loading some new lessons to my free art lesson’s blog and to the Art by example . com website. I plan to do some video taping tomorrow and after we get it edited there should be some free video of me painting my Koi…. Its all so exciting!
Check back to see how this painting progresses.

Taking the day off, its my birthday… have a good weekend


This is my ad for the month of september its in American art collector magazine… 

I’m working on a commission piece right now for a family that will be in the next Ad (October), check back to see how that painting is going. I’ll post it as it gets going…  Its a 20 by 20, watercolor on paper and it will have a Koi representing each member of the family. 

I got a call today..  to do a show for the Patina gallery in Texas but I’m booked pretty much for the entire month of October so I can’t fit it in.. Too bad because the Gallery is very very very nice.  I’m a little low on inventory right now anyway, this is a problem when you do commissions, the paintings go out the door almost immediately so you don’t have a lot of recent work framed and ready to go into galleries.  This isn’t a bad thing of course but it is nice to have a body of work which you work thru a theme or a concept. 

Also.. I’ll be making a DVD(instructional) so be looking for that, I’ll sell them on my blog (inexpensive) because seeing is so much easier than reading when it comes to art.  Also I think Dick Blick will be selling them … the deal is still in the works, so I’ll have to give you more information as It comes thru.

Almost finished, Koi Joy

12 by 17 watercolor on paper

I worked on this painting a bit today.   Pushing the values darker and creating passages so that the upper left side would be the light area and the lower right corner would be the darkest area.   All I have left to do  is a small amount of detail and also putting in a bit more form on the light colored fish.   It is a bit flat.