Tuesday, October 29, 2013


"Lake Cadillac"  16 x 20 oils
edges painted black
Late in July after 4 sessions at the local
park I completed this oil; details done at home in the studio. As can be seen in photo I chose to exclude the dock and people fishing. These sessions were happened during Jazz In The Park on Thursday evenings, adding to the enjoyment I had while working on it and talking to friendly locals. 
Available through my Etsy shop.
left upper detail
Lake Cadillac

Monday, August 12, 2013


Spirit Wind in progress
As of lately I have discovered a world of easy techniques for softening what I consider too-hard edges on an already painted surface.  The painting must be dry and totally matte [achieved with matte spray and/or brush-on matte medium], the soft pastels are applied and sprayed. The process can be repeated til desired results, then a final brush-on or troweled on varnish or glazing medium is needed.
Done only on my acrylic pieces so far, I discovered it works for oils too, as this one is. 
The jist of this revelation is: as long as it works, it can be done.  I shall not forget, however the panic experienced upon applying acrylics over oils! That was something that did Not work, and lesson not to be forgotten!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Review of World's Greatest Gesso

Originally submitted at Jerry's Artarama Art Supplies

This wonderful gesso provides incredible coverage and the highest level of brilliance of any Gesso on the market today. It also has extra flexibility so it won’t crack even in the most adverse conditions. Simply put, it’s the best!

the "Best" yet

By paintlady from Michigan on 2/23/2013


4out of 5

Pros: Nonyellow, Matte, Glides Smoothly

Cons: Covers Well

Best Uses: Art, Artboard Primer

Describe Yourself: Artist

Primary use: Personal

Was this a gift?: No

I have tried different brands over the years, searching for a gesso that will not dry with a shine and take several coats to cover. Another gesso stipulation is to be as white as possible. Jerry's Greatest meets these demands: primes with a good white tooth that is matte.