Sunday, July 31, 2011


“I have always loved the beach. The smell of the salty water, the wind in my face, the gentle roar of the waves all combine to create a sense of peace and calm.” - Anonymous

This painting is 12" x 9" oil on hardboard. Please call me, email me, or click here if you'd like to buy this painting.

I had a lot of people ask me about my painting technique yesterday at the Lititz Art Show. I've written about the process before, but I thought I'd share it with you again, with this most recent painting depicting a hotel in Rehoboth Beach, DE.  I follow the two steps depicted in the pictures each time I paint, even though there is no magical formula.

I let the orange wash dry before I start sketching in charcoal.  I find it best to keep my drawing loose at this stage.

After I sketch it out, I do a quick underpainting using a mix of burnt sienna, Prussian blue & turpentine that I mix to a watercolor-like consistency. This allows me to really map out the shadows before I start and provides a solid framework for the painting.

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