I no longer post to my blog, but it contains several years worth of short articles I've written regarding various painting tips, thoughts, and inspiration for pastelists and oil painters. I began the blog in 2011 simply as a resource for students I taught at my studio at the time. I stopped posting in 2018, but even though I've grown in my artistic journey since then, much of what I've shared here is still relevant, and therefore I've kept it visible for anyone who cares to skim though it.
Okay, so I say “peachy pink” a lot. I use the term when I
try to explain to students how to handle light-value warm color temperature in
the landscape. Some of my students in a recent workshop were teasing me about
I’m not sure how I came to start saying “peachy pink.” I
guess it’s just the easiest way to get across a color that’s between a pink and
an orange. And it’s often a go-to
color I use when I see a strong highlight on something like a tree trunk. When
working from a reference photo, that sort of highlight will often appear white in the photo. But if you painted it that way, it wouldn’t appear
Aspens Reveling in Evening Light, 12x16, oil
This peachy-pink color also works well for sunlit areas of
snow. Where the snow is most directly sunlit, I’ll also use a very light-value
lemon-yellow on top of my peachy-pink.
Snowshoe Weather, 12x16, pastel
Hopefully the silly memory of hearing “peachy pink” so
many times during my workshop will help students remember to carefully consider
how to approach those light-value warm areas of the landscape!
Cumberland, MD - 1-day Plein Air workshop (all media/demo will be in oil)
June 25, 2017 (Sun)
Part of the Mountain Maryland Plein Air event happening June 19-24.