Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Book Is Finished And Available For Download!

Hello Folks!

It is finally finished! I can't even believe how long it took to put together a twenty five page book.
The demo itself took far longer then six hours. Even though I timed the painting time to six hours,
when you add up all of the time added by getting up to take photos, it was more like ten hours.
Then all of the photos needed to be cropped, adjusted, and resized. Then the writing, and the editing...Oh boy, the editing...almost three full weeks to put together a twenty five page free book.

I hope everyone likes it!!!

Happy Painting,



  1. Thank you very much....from France.


  2. You are welcome! Thank yo for taking the time to comment

  3. Thank you very much for taking the time to put this book together, and for offering it freely, I think it will help me improve my own work.

  4. Hi Clinton,

    Thanks for sharing your skills and knowledge.
    Your work is quite good.
    You paint the same kind of subjects that I like, namely food and classic still-lifes.

    Take care and good luck with the Boldbrush contest,


  5. This is great - thanks for sharing.
    Question: How did you get that lovely streaky gray tone to your panel? Is it rough in texture or is that just the color. I'm studying different methods of toning a canvas right now - Imprimatura. Thanks for you advice.

  6. Hi Chris,
    I work on Panel coated with four coats of Gesso. I lightly sand in-between layers so that the panel is smooth. The tone is just acrylic paint mixed with a bit of water. It is a process that is easy to describe, but difficult to do. Students who take my classes usually have me show them at least three times. I always suggest buying some cheap canvas-boards and practicing with different tones until you get one you like.

    1. For those artist that enjoy a toned canvas or panel the sky seems the limit. Love how a lot of yours have the look of raw linen showing thru. Really adds to your wonderful work. I'm really enjoying read you blog. Chris

    2. Chris,
      I forgot to add how I do it in oil.
      You probably already know this but if I tone in oil, I mix together a neutral tone, often raw umber or burnt umber and black. I then put a small amount of paint on the canvas and a touch of gamsol. Then wipe away the paint with a paper towel until it is transparent and you can see the canvas through it.
      Let me know how it turns out.