Sunday, December 13, 2009

Encaustic Workshop Fun!

Had a Great Encaustic Workshop Yesterday!
Such a nice group of artists!
We were all sad to see the day end.

Schedule an Encaustic Workshop at Arizona Art Supply - Phoenix -
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View Workshops and Classes to select your date.
Learn new techniques and hone your skills at each workshop

Monday, November 16, 2009

Encaustic Demonstration

Check out a few pics from my latest Encaustic Demo= we had fun!
Everyone participated in experimenting with the wax.


check my website for a series of Encaustic Workshop dates! There is one to fit your needs!


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fix that Synthetic Brush!

Do you have good synthetic brushes with curled back ends?
Here is something that may help *if they are not beyond repair.

  1. Clean the brush thoroughly to remove any mediums or paint
  2. Get a Pyrex measuring cup, fill with about an inch and a half of water - or enough that you can dip the full length of the bristles. 
  3. WITHOUT the brush, bring the water just to a boil  
  4. Carefully remove Pyrex cup from Microwave (water can flash boil when moved) 
  5. dip the tip of the afflicted brush into the hot water for a few seconds 
  6. Squeeze out the water with a pad of paper towels over your fingers (careful, it is HOT) 
  7. Dip your warm brush into Gum Arabic - smooth and shape the warm bristles with your fingers  
  8. Allow to dry 
Always thoroughly clean and reshape your brushes with a good brush soap after each use to maintain their shape.

If your brush bristles are curled or bent beyond repair - use it for a "special effects" brush!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tip on acheiving VALUE balance in your art

grayscale posturized image vs full color image

Many paintings fail due to poor value balance.

If a painting is nearly all one value, it will lack life even if it is correct compositionally.

A way to see value is to:
  1. Open image in photoshop
  2. At the top of the screen select: Image/mode/grayscale
  3. At the top of the screen select: Image/adjustments/posturize
  4. set for around "5"
  5. with experimentation of the numbers in step #3 and 4 you can see that the higher the setting the more detail shows up.
  6. the idea is to not have the detail and only see larger shapes of value (light and dark).

As a pre-painting step - run your image through this process and then reference the resulting print-out to make sure you preserve proper values as you paint.

You can also take a photo of a completed painting and run it through this process to see if you have the needed value balance within the piece.

If you posturize a color image it can assist you in discovering subtle colors or give you coloration ideas to add to your painting!

Saturday, August 22, 2009


a watercolor pencil workshop

Limited Seating - Sign up today!

Watercolor pencil workshop September 12
Call the store or drop in to sign up!

Workshop will be held at:
Phoenix Arizona Art Supply!
4025 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016
(southeast corner of Indian School Road and 16th Street)
(602) 264-9514

Tempe - Mini Watercolor Pencil Workshop

At Arizona Art Supply - Tempe, Arizona

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Desert Mallow - Watercolor

Desert Mallow - Watercolor

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Soda Girl
oil on canvas


Lilley's Pride
Mixed Media (graphite, watercolor, photoshop)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Prickly Pear

Oil Painting.

Prickly Pear painting from Gilbert Riparian Preserve, AZ

Century Plant

Oil Painting.

Century Plant base from the White Tank Mountains, Arizona.

Blue Agave

This is an oil painting of the Blue Agave plant in the Boyce Thompson Arboretum