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This is a painting of Lisa Skelly, who owns Huse/Skelly Gallery on Balboa Island) in the garden of the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

  Here is a demo I did from life in my studio under artificial lights. There is no color information in this photo reference as you can see. I have applied everything I have learned from painting on location over the last 35 years. First of all, I have organized all my lights and darks. […]


Here are four paintings that I painted in late afternoon light. As you can see the shadows are long and the color of the air is more orange.

Here are three figure studies done outdoors. My goal was to organize the lights and darks and paint these figures in full sun. I exaggerated the warmth of the light planes and initially put a warm pink color to indicate the blue in sunlight and then modified it with a light blue the same value. […]

Developing Larger Paintings Even with a large painting, I set up on location because, from a colorist point of view, there’s no substitute for working from nature. The first 12″ x 16″ study for the larger painting, “Afternoon Mustard” 24″ x 36″ was done in about 2 hours, with my regular plein-air setup. Next, for […]

Here is a step study of my painting, “Parking Lot Splendor.” The photo of the actual scene hints at how so much of the composition and color relationships I arrived at in the finished piece are due to its having been painted on location.

Here is a painting of a house in a charming neighborhood in Petaluma, CA, where I live. Shown below is a photo of the actual scene, along with a couple of steps leading up to the finished painting. As you can see, there is no significant color information in the photo. The colors I have […]

Here is a quick study (Twenty Minute Study) I did in the first few weeks of the January month-long Egeli workshop in Maryland. In the morning, we drew from the nude model and in the afternoon we painted the figure in north light. Here is a color sketch (Study of Trystan) and the finished painting […]

Cedric and Joanette Egeli are the only instructors that are teaching the figure in space. This is what we are focusing on. He had us draw a table in space just to make sure that we were seeing objects in perspective. Here us a 15 minute post I did this morning.