Facebook Live Video Demo of a Sunset Painting

Facebook Live Video Demo of a Sunset Painting

How to Paint Sunsets

Today I delved into Facebook Live a little deeper. I had tried it when I was painting at Whiskeytown, but found that I didn't have a good enough connection most of the time. So, my attempts were rather pathetic.

Check out the video below on how to paint sunsets Anyway, I tried it today under more controlled circumstances (in the studio). After watching other shaky fb live videos, I decided to set my phone up on a tripod. It worked out well, except that my phone overheated. I had to stop, cool the phone down and start another video.

In all, I had 3 videos, which I then downloaded and put together in one video here on the blog. There are some gaps in the video, as I said, so I will briefly explain some of what I did.

Let's start with the supplies and palette:

8"x10" linen panel, 3 brushed (Rosemary ivories) #6 and #10 and a cheap 1" throwaway bristle hardware brush

Paint: Gamblin Oils: Titanium white, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazene Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Manganese Blue Hue, and Sap Green.

This is my basic palette that I always use, adding other colors at times.

Actually, I was surprised that the facebook live videos had more info on them than I realized. Enjoy the demo!  


 Color and Light Online Workshop and Painting Skies Workshop

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A New Painting Video – Shadows at Roussillon France
New Studio Video & A Tip

New Studio Video & A Tip

I have been settling into my studio, although things still aren't done. I'm waiting for a storage shed to be built to finish cleaning up. I also had to build my studio in stages. The main part is done, but the bathroom still needs to be built. We thought we had someone ready to go in Jan, but it didn't work out. Now I'm calling around to find someone else. .

I was waiting to video my studio when it was all cleaned up, but a friend told me to do it anyway, mess and all. So.... here's the video of my studio.  



A Tip I Heard From a Student

  • When you buy a new tube of paint, take the lid off and put a little vaseline around the opening. She said it worked well in getting the lid off. I haven't tried it yet, but it does sound good.
Now that I'm settled into my studio and new (old) house that we have been remodeling, I'm getting back into the swing of things and posting, etc.

New videos will be coming within a month!

Talk soon, Becky PS, check out the weekly painting auction at http://auction.beckyjoy.com

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New Video Released

New Video Released

Since I returned home from Europe, I have been working on a project along with some family problems that have taken much of my time. (Anyway, those problems are being resolved.)

SO... THE BIG UNVEIL...This new website. It's done enough for company at least! Check out the online videos. Some of the same old videos, but some new ones added and more to come. While I was in Europe, I recorded while I was at work on several of my paintings. There is lots of editing still to do.

SO... Today is the first video unveiled from my two month European trip. Two more coming very soon. Along with the new video, "Which One?, Aix, France", is the sale of some small paintings from Europe. I'm starting with the painting from this video, "Which One?, Aix, France" Click HERE to check out the DVD's.


"Which One?, Aix, France"      6 inches x 8 inches oil on archival matboard panel

This painting was painted and recorded in the studio after my return home. I was in Provence, France when I took a tour bus out to several locations. This was one stop at the weekly market in Aix, France. Lots of activity here and lots of reference photos for future paintings. What attracted me to this scene was the stance of the woman on the left, her interaction with the vendor. I wanted to convey that to the viewers. During the next 30 days, I will be posting one painting a day from Europe, all 5"x7" and 6"x8" priced from $150. to $200. each. New Videos will be introduced during this time also. Enjoy the trip!

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How to Start Painting – Brushes

How to Start Painting – Brushes

Now, what kind of brushes to buy? This is another area that I find students come with inadequate brushes that are very frustrating to use. Obviously, the brushes vary a lot and with each artist in their choices and it can be a daunting task to choose which brushes will work for you.  So, I’ll explain the uses of different brushes and tell you about what I look for and the parts of a brush.

Parts of the Brush

There are 4 main parts to a brush: 1. the bristles or hairs, which can be natural, synthetic or a combination of both 2. the ferrule is the metal part that holds the hairs into place 3. the crimp which is where the ferrule and the wood handle join. 4. the handle usually made of wood or plastic Oil or Acrylic Paint Brushes There are 10 different types of brushes, at least.

The flat “curved edge” is a new brush by Rosemary & Co. This is one I want to try next time I order. It works as a flat, but with softened edges.

The fan brush is used to blend and smooth and for textural effects.

The long flat brush can be used for covering large areas. The longer brush can be loaded with more paint. It makes hard edges, thin lines on edge and sweeping strokes. The bright brush is a shorter flat brush. It has more control and sharper edges. It can be used for thick and heavy paint.

The round brush is used for detail and depending on the size creates thin or thick lines.

The filbert brush creates soft, rounded edges and used for blending.

The angle brush paints, well, angles.

The rigger brush makes long, sweeping lines. Because of the length they will carry a lot of paint.

The egbert brush is similar to the filbert brush, but longer. Because of the length they will carry a lot of paint.

The dagger brush is a specialized brush that Rosemary & Co. carries. It has a lot of control and carries a lot of paint. Long handled brushes are made for standing at the easel.  Short handles are for when you are working over a piece of art on a table. Bristle brushes create harder texture in a painting. The softer “hair” brushes make softer marks.  

A palette knife is for mixing paint and is sturdier than a painting knife.

A painting knife is designed to have the hand lifted from the canvas when painting. If you had one knife, I would use the painting knife. It can be used for both jobs. A couple more  blog posts about supplies for the beginning painter.

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How to Start Painting – The Paints

How to Start Painting – The Paints

I started this series and got overwhelmed with some legal issues to take care of before leaving for Italy. I lost the thought from my mind. I was reminded when I got back from Italy by a reader who left a comment that “this article is incomplete”. And, she is right.

While teaching in Italy, I had a beginning student which has helped to remind me of the things that the student needs to understand to help them on their way.

So, let me continue.

The paint!

I’m first going to speak about the quality of the paint. It is absolutely a must to have professional quality paints, not student grade. The student grade has more fillers in it and tends to get muddy when mixed with other colors. It is difficult to get clean, rich colors. I’ve had many students that have been very frustrated with not being able to mix some of the colors that I mix.  Winton is one of the student grade paints. There are several brands that are reasonably priced for the quality, two being Gamblin and Utrecht. Watch for sales or free shipping at Dick Blick’s or Jerry’s Artarama.

Start with a very limited palette.  Learn to mix the paints and use them, before adding to them. No sense spending the money on extra paints when you will learn more with less. Always set up your palette in the same order and use a palette knife to mix your paints. You will be able to instinctively go for the colors that you need. Keep your palette clean and mix with the palette knife, not a brush. It will keep your paints cleaner.

Colors for a warm/cool limited palette:

Titanium White (You can replace this with an alkyd or quick dry titanium white to speed drying)

cool – Hansa Yellow Light (less expensive and less hazardous than Cadmium Yellow)

warm – Cadmium Orange Light (Or use Transparent Orange, if you want to get away from Cadmiums)

warm – Cadmium Red Light (Can be replaced with Napthol Scarlett to get away from Cadmiums)

cool – Alizarin Permanent (More lightfast than Alizarin Crimson)

Ultramarine Blue

Manganese Blue Hue (Gamblin, mixes cleaner than Cerulean)

These are the colors that I use. I have been slowly going through my Cadmium colors and replacing them. I’m trying to make my studio as safe as possible and Europe has banned cadmium colors (I thought, but apparently not so.)  and I travel to Europe for painting. If you are trying to have as safe of a studio as possible consider wearing gloves while painting or not using harmful colors.

For more information about mixing a warm/cool palette, click here to go to the FREE email workshop.

Learn to set up your palette for clean, fresh colors.  

I have had a few students work with acrylics in my workshops. Unless, you are proficient with it, I wouldn’t recommend using them outdoors to start with. I’ve seen some very frustrated students. If you want to use acrylics, try Open M Paints. They dry slower and give you time to blend and mix. Some people use water based oils and love them. I prefer my standard oils. But I have been using alternatives to solvents and have spent 2 weeks to 2 months while traveling using no solvents.

I have suggested to beginners to start out using alternatives from the beginning and not to get used to the solvents. As with all things, it’s difficult to break habits.  The alternative that I use is to use Gamblin’s Solvent Free Gel to thin and move my paint instead of solvent.  You can also use oils to clean and remove paint. Unless it is an oil used for painting, make sure that you have thoroughly cleaned your brushes of the oils. Some oils I’ve heard of artists using are walnut oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, baby oil (I also heard this isn’t a good choice, not sure about it.)

It’s a good idea to have enough brushes that you don’t always have to clean the colors out. Many artists will use a brush for darks and one for lights. Without the normal solvents to clean my brushes, I have used oils, bars of soap, murphy’s oil soap, orange cleaners and brush cleaners. Just make sure you thoroughly clean and rinse your brushes so that you don’t have any residue left in the brushes when painting.

OK, that’s it for today. I’m sure I will think of more by the end of the day. But, I will continue this. I would say tomorrow, but I hate to promise when I didn’t follow up on the last one. Anyway, it will be soon.

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Tomorrow was the day I scheduled my first auction. Two days ago I found out there was a problem with the setup with paypal, so I will be down again waiting to have it worked one, again! So, the date is up in the air. ?

Have fun with your color charts and next painting project!


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