Do you have online tutorials?
Yes! They are called ArtBytes and you can find them in my ArtByte Store. These are bite-size lessons that you can read/watch as many times as you want. Many include videos - all include text, images and links. One is about my materials.
How can I see what work is available at any given time?
Click here to see everything I have available right now.
Do you sell books?
Yes, I currently have 5 books available, and one available on Amazon for pre-order. Check my books page for more information.
Do you sell tshirts, aprons, mugs, etc.?
Yes! Please visit my Cafe Press store to see what's available.
Do you frame your small paintings?
I sell them unframed. That said, I can recommend a few framers that are very good:
www.kingofframe.com - King of Frame
www.frankenframes.com - Franken Frames
www.metroframe.com - Metro Frame
What medium do you use?
I mix my own: 2 parts linseed oil | 1 part stand oil | 1 part Gamsol (mineral spirits)
What is your palette?
titanium white, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red medium, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue and burnt umber (all Utrecht brand oils) - I sometimes add to this: cadmium yellow lemon and permanent rose.
What brushes do you use?
My favorite brush is a Silver Bristlon bright. They are synthetic, have a nice crisp edge and last a good while. I mostly use sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10.
What panels do you use?
I am really liking the gessoboards from Ampersand right now (purchased from www.dickblick.com), but I used Raymar's smooth cotton canvas panels for a long time and really liked them. I switched because I paint rather thin and I felt the texture of the canvas was competing with the texture of my brush strokes.
Do you varnish your paintings?
Not at this time. The medium I use leaves a fairly even gloss. I hate the way varnish smells – I feel like I lose brain cells every time I open the bottle.
How do you ship your paintings?
I use archival bags from Clear Bags. I insure each painting and ship it in a Priority Mail box that generally takes 2-3 days to reach the buyer (domestic).
Do you give workshops?
Yes! Check my schedule on my workshops page.
I see your workshops are all (or mostly) full. How do I get in?
I post new workshops on a fairly regular basis, but they usually fill fast, often within hours. To hear about them first, sign up for my email newsletter (right below my bio - on the right side of this page). Or, if you want to ONLY hear about workshops and nothing else, email me and I'll put you on a special list. I will announce them there and on my blog at the same time. I recommend getting on wait lists. Because my workshops fill so far in advance, lots of life happens and people drop out. The wait lists are often consulted.
Will you do a workshop in my area?
Unfortunately I had a health scare that makes it dangerous to take long flights. For that reason (and others) I have decided to scale back on workshops and do them only locally and in TX (where my folks live).
How long does it generally take you to finish one of these small paintings?
It took me 20 years to get to the point where I can paint one small painting in 1 to 3 hours. : )
How do you photograph your paintings?
I go outside with my (automatic digital) camera & art. I find a spot in open shade and prop my painting up with something so it doesn’t fall/blow over, and nothing is in front of it. I make sure my painting is not facing any light source (the sky, or even a window that is reflecting the sky). I sit down and rest my elbows on my knees to steady my camera. Then I zoom in a little since my camera is defaulted to wide-angle (most are). I square the painting in my LCD panel, hold my breath, and take a picture. I take several just to be safe. I open my picture in Photoshop (or Picasa – free from google). I crop it, change the image size (to about 600 pixels per side) and use Image>Levels to make values “right”. I adjust colors if they need adjusting. Finally, I save (for web) as a .jpg (no less than 70%). For WAY more info see my ArtByte on photographing and editing small paintings.
How long does it take each day to post your painting?
It takes me about 15 minutes. Sometimes it takes a little longer as I agonize over what to write under my painting. : )
What kind of setup do you use for plein air painting?
I use an Art Box from Art Box & Panel Co. I prefer the smallest size (mini).
How did you set up your email list?
I use www.constantcontact.com but I recommend Feedburner as an easier, cheaper alternative. To set up Feedburner go to the "layout" page of your blogger blog and choose to "add a gadget," then "follow by email."
Do you ever do demos?
Yes. I have a few free ones, and two (so far) in ArtBytes with a voice over that you can buy for $10/ea - my Apple Painting Demo and Orange Slice Demo.
Where/how did you learn to paint?
I went to the University of Texas at Austin but learned nothing there. My professors were only interested in developing the concept behind the painting, rather than teaching us the basics of design, composition, etc. I want to make a living doing what I love most - painting! I learned by poring over art magazines and books, studying and copying work that struck me, and experimenting a lot. Painting every day is the best thing I do towards improving!
What does your shadowbox look like?
It is a really cool box invented/built by my husband. It is constructed of pvc pipe and plywood, is lightweight and mounted on a heavy duty tripod so I can raise and lower it to get just about any angle on my still life. You will find instructions and pictures in my free Shadowbox ArtByte.
Do you plan to release a DVD or instructional book?
I just wrote a book for Random House that will be out in the fall of 2014. You can now pre-order it on Amazon!