Painting Tree Limbs • TvPainter • Painting Lessons

Painting Tree Limbs • TvPainter • Painting Lessons

Painting Tree Limbs • TvPainter • Painting Lessons


Most beginning artist have problems using certain brushes.

I think most of it comes from not having experience using their painting tools.

I created this narrated video, for your convenience to help you understand some things that will help you learn to paint tree limbs faster and understand them better.

This is not a complete guide but some useful tips to get you started.

Remember though that no tips and tricks are complete without practice! Practice! Practice!

If you like this clip you can purchase the full length video from the store.


Cleaning Brushes

Cleaning Brushes

Cleaning Artist Brushes • Beginners •

The word “clean your brushes” ,after painting or the whole cleanup process seems to get a bad name. In our minds from time to time. Should it be a chore? What I like to call it is therapy 🙂 it is as much a part of the painting process as putting the brush to the canvas, and one of the most important parts should I remind you.

Without good clean brushes, your brushes cannot do their jobs effectively, not to mention they do not last as long. If you are using expensive brushes you end up using them for odd jobs like scumbling. You want to clean them properly you get the idea.

Okay now that I got that out 🙂

Let’s move on if you google how to clean brushes or artist brushes you will get a blue million results on how. Let me say that this is not the only way to do this but it is the way I have learned and I encourage you to learn from this.

Let’s look at some safe keeping steps..

    1.  I use artist grade thinner to clean my brushes (Do Not Use Thinner From The hardware Store) it will say odorless but trust me it is not completely odorless, (been there tried it) Almost all thinners are vapor harmful there are some made today that are non toxic, and clean up with soap and water.
    2. They will have a seal like this on themap-non-toxic-seal. (manufacturers now a day are making their products safer.)  Check out these 2 products

Bristle Magic  or Turpenoid Natural.

  •  If you use a standard artist grade  thinner I recommend leaving the lid on the container until time to wash the brush to contain the vapors.
  • If you use a non toxic thinner and rinse the brush with soap and water on a natural hair brush,you will notice it will cause the brush hair to bush out and loose its form when it dries,you will want to use a brush conditioner while the brush is damp to form the brush hair before drying so it will keep its original shape. Synthetic brushes do not bush out, the bristles remain straight when cleaning with thinner or water. I am often asked  what brushes I use? Answer: I use both types  but mostly natural hair.

Steps To Clean Your Brushes

In the following steps I am going to explain how I take care of my brush after I am finished using it.

    1. Use a paper towel to wipe as much of the paint off the brush . (This helps keep the thinner relatively clean)
    2. Swish the brush around in the container so it can remove the pigment from the brush. ( a screen in the bottom of the container will help loosen the paint from the brush.)
    3. Make sure to dry the brush thoroughly after cleaning it with a paper towel or cloth. (Sometimes cleaning once is just not enough,to get the brush squeaky clean so repeat steps 2 and 3 as needed.)
    4. Wash hands with soap and water after finished.

I hope this enough to get you started ? If you have any questions or if I left something out that you feel should be added let me know 🙂 .

Easy Palette For Painting

Easy Palette For Painting

Easy Palette With Freezer Paper

Let’s talk about the Painter’s Palette.

Throughout the years of being an artist and loving to paint as much as I can, I have picked up a thing or two I am always looking for things that help You and I save ($$$) money.

Today I want to talk about the painter’s palette there are so many to choose from on the market you could go nuts trying to find one that you like best. I have several from plastic to wood to using an old canvas etc… the list goes on, but if you are looking for a good all purpose palette that will serve you well and is disposable try using  Reynolds Freezer Paper I use this stuff all the time especially for my students when I am teaching a class, normally I supply everything for new students so this makes for easy cleanup at the end of the day.

How to use: The Freezer paper comes in 18 inch width so I tear off about 24 inches  so that makes my palette 18x24 that gives me lots of mixing space. Next I use masking tape to tape the corners down so it won’t move when I am mixing or loading a brush, one of the best parts  about the paper is if you have paint left put it in an airtight container and freeze it to use it again or simply toss it in the trash if you are finished with it.

Note: I forgot to mention the freezer paper has a shiny side and a dull side the shiny side should be facing up, the paint does not bleed through it is very strong and durable.

You can pick this Freezer paper up at about anywhere grocery stores or  Walmart  has 150 ft rolls most stores only have 75 ft 

Tvpainter-May 2016

We got new Sales going up in May, and new classes if you are in the area and would like to take class we welcome you. 🙂

Visit the new events calendar page to see what dates are available and you can reserve your seat(s) for the class.



I will be doing demonstrations at the locations the Thursday before each class,

so stop by the Hobby Lobby store and say hey if you are around that area.

I will be adding a VIP section to the membership very soon!

thank you for stopping by .

Have A Blessed Day! 🙂


If you have any questions? Please contact me.

April 2016

Just a quick note,

I have added a new events calendar to the site,  so you can see where I will be teaching classes and art shows I will be at.

you can also sign up for art classes on the events calendar and reserve a seat if you are going to be in town that day, I would love to have you join us! 🙂

I will be at Cartersville Hobby Lobby this weekend check out what we will be painting.  Here is the link

Have a blessed day! 🙂


February 2016

February 2016

Things I am doing

This year has been a busy one so far! I have taught several classes, and now  I have a new place to teach on the 26th of this month. I will be teaching at the Dalton Distillery. This has made me very excited! I am looking forward to this new class! Here is the link to that page if you would like more information..Paint And Shinemichael raymond1

I am currently in the process of adding a event calendar to the website. So if you have been wondering about classes or events you will be able to sign up and reserve seating using links within the calendar. “I can’t wait to get it completed lol”

If you are gonna be in the Dalton, GA area on the 26th of February come join us!

Reserve your seat now! ( seats are filling up 20 maximum)

I will be filming new lessons soon so stay tuned…



Well it is August 2015 and we are already in the middle of the month, WOW! time flies by.

Some quick updates on what is happening

First- I had the pleasure of meeting a great writer, I was a vendor at a festival earlier this year. A customer purchased a painting from me, Beauty-Fall.
Later he wrote me asking to use the painting for the cover of his book “Circles of Fate”. I was excited but humbled at the same time, I want to say thank you to Mitch Lits for sharing my artwork on his book cover! This book is part 1 of Destiny’s Call Trilogy be sure to check it out if you get a chance, I already purchased my copy. Circles of Fate.

Also this month I will be releasing a new video soon hopefully? lol it is a 4 painting lesson it will be about 2 hours or more of video when completed. so stay tuned for this new release.michaels-minatures

I hope you have a blessed and wonderful day,

Michael Thompson

July 2015

July 2015

I have a new eBook,

For July 2015 I hope you pick up a copy of it, I have added a new feature to the book I call it “color coding” so it should help you understand how to read the book easier and quicker and know what parts I am referring to.

My future books will evolve from this format and hopefully get even better..

check it out in the store.

June Class 2015

June Class 2015

June art class, My monthly class is held in Dalton, GA. 30720 on the first

Thursday of each month unless Holidays, sickness things like that..

This was another exciting painting!

Purchase the video DVD or Digital Copy

Here are the materials I used.

Colors Brushes Amount Other Canvas 
Sap Green#4 Filbertx1Linseed Oil20x16
Lemon Yellow#0 Linerx1Paper Towels
Titanium White#1 Filbertx1Black Gesso
Ivory Black2 Inchx1White Gesso
#6 Fanx1 Thinner
Deluxe Palette Knifex1
Need these brushes or oil paints?  visit the Store. 
May Class 2015

May Class 2015

This was another exciting painting!

Red Rock Summer

Purchase the video DVD or Digital Copy

May art class, My monthly class is held in Dalton, GA. 30720 on select Saturdays of each month unless Holidays, sickness things like that..

Here are the materials I used.

Colors Brushes Amount Other Canvas 
Sap Green#4 Filbertx1Linseed Oil18x24
Cerulean Blue#0 Linerx1Paper Towels 
Prussian Blue1 Inchx1Marker 
Carmine Red2 Inchx2Thinner 
 Yellow Ochre#6 Fanx2  
Burnt SiennaDeluxe Palette Knifex1  
 Vandyck Brown1 Inch Hakex1  
Ivory BlackSmall  Palette Knifex1  
Titanium White    
Need these brushes or oil paints?  visit the Store. 

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