Acrylic Tips: a new page!

The opening spread to my 10-page article in Acrylic Artist Magazine features “Autumn in the City.”

For the fellow artists who follow me (especially those working in acrylic), I have some fun news! There is a new page on my website called Acrylic Tips.  This link will take you there. You will find a complete explanation about some of the things I only briefly shared in the Fall, 2016 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine.

The topics covered are:

  • Overcoming the challenges of acrylic’s fast-drying properties.
  • Transparent paints: the initial layer
  • Transparent paints: subsequent layers (adding warmth; or toning down)
  • Thinned opaques
  • Creating interesting negative spaces

There are some other topics I plan to add in the future; stay tuned to email updates. Also, if there are specific topics you’d like to see addressed–relative to my particular style of painting, please feel free to shoot me an email. I’d love to hear from you.

Note: if you’d like to order a copy of the Fall, 2016 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine, this link will take you there.

Happy “Last Day of August” to everyone,




Cover of Acrylic Artist Magazine

My painting, “Can’t You See a Truck is Coming and Blowing its Horn?!” made the cover page of Acrylic Artist Magazine.


The opening spread to my 10-page article features “Autumn in the City.”

I’m very honored to announce that I have a full feature article in the Fall issue of the Acrylic Artist Magazine. And to add to the excitement, one of my paintings made the cover. As you can imagine, I’m still on cloud nine about all of this!

It was very enjoyable and eye-opening to hear my interviewer’s perspective on my art, including the title of the article, “Shadow Lover.” Jennifer Smith, Managing Editor of the magazine, was a pure joy to work with! We ended up going with a Q&A format. If you’d like to order this issue of the magazine, you can use this link for either a downloadable copy, or to have the magazine mailed to you.

The article helps explain Jennifer’s choice of “Shadow Lover” to describe me/my paintings. One of the components, to give you a clue, is that I’m allergic to the sun, which gives me an appreciation for shade, above and beyond what most people probably experience. So when I paint that luscious edge between the shaded and sunlit sides of a building or structure, I’m actually quite attracted to, and comforted by, the shaded side. At one of the recent receptions at LaFontsee Galleries (where I’m represented), a fellow artist expressed to me her appreciation for the proportion of shade to sun I used on “Little Shed on the Prairie” (shown below).  As an instructor at a local art institute, she tries to get that concept through to her students: that it’s not all about the bright colors. The contrasting presence of the shade is what makes the light look so good!

Little Shed on the Prairie
Little Shed on the Prairie, 36″x48″ acrylic on canvas. Sold.

Watch my future blog posts for notice about a two-part online article Jennifer Smith is publishing regarding my style of painting, and some tips from me, including how to overcome one of the greatest challenges of acrylic: its fast-drying quality.

Also, I will soon be posting a new page on this website, just for the purpose of discussing some of the tricks I’ve learned in my experience with acrylic. If you’re an artist who is new to acrylics, I think you’ll discover some great information.