2018  Painting Update

2018 Painting Update

Hello to all my painting friends, it is a new year already the end of January to be correct, Wow how time flies..

I want to update everyone, I know that I have not posted anything in for a while, so here it is

I am going to be releasing a brand new series of videos this year, so if you are wanting to learn to paint stay tuned because this will be more for the people who want to start painting for the first time.

I will have some great offers coming up this year!

as always God Bless and have a wonderful day!,


PS.     The painting to the right was from my first class this year just thought I would share it.  🙂

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 • Tvpainter.com

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 🙂 .

Art Class March 2015

Art Class March 2015

Our March art class had wonderful opportunities in this painting, We did  acrylic Gesso under painting let it dry, then we coated the canvas with a ultra thin coat of Linseed Oil? I know some artist do not like to use Linseed Oil they say it yellows over time, I personally have never had that to happen with any of my painting I have painted for around 15 years now probably because I use very little of the Linseed Oil when I apply it you can use other oil mediums if you feel you need to. Below I have created a chart of materials I used for this painting “Wooded Wisteria”if you would like to paint it.

Here are the materials I used.


Oil PaintBrushesAmountOther
Titanium White1 Inchx1Paper Towels
Ultramarine0 Linerx1Foam Brush
Ivory Black#4 Filbertx1Linseed Oil
Van Dyck Brown#6 Fanx1Thinner
Cadmium YellowSmall Knifex1Acrylic Paint
Yellow OchreBlack
Sap Green
VeridianNeed Some supplies visit the Store 
Alizarin Crimson