Feeling the Emotions in Your Paintings


Creating incredibly powerful paintings capture the memory of the scene, mood, and feeling need the following components:

  1. Choice of scene
  2. Gathering visual information
  3. Editing the information
  4. Composing the painting
  5. Creating an underpainting to establish the value structure
  6. Applying color
  7. Manipulating edges, creating details, and finishing



Still Painting Water

calm water

The calmest water can have ripples or swell. When this happens, reflections become elongated and distorted forming abstract patterns. This is one area where a camera can be very useful for “freezing” the pattern of moving reflections. The photographs enable you to study the patterns more closely.



The Euphemia Gallery




Gallery Representation 

The Euphemia Gallery

1319 3rd Ave

Spring Lake, NJ  07762

Phone(973) 998-1141


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Seeing tone takes practice. Set up  a few objects in a box. Spray paint the entire box and content white. Place a lamp light higher then the box. Look at how the light falls on all the objects in the box  and creates shadows.  Draw the shapes of the objects using 2B pencil. Keep in mind where is the cast shadow. This  will help you to create the 3D shape. Then add in the shadows of the shapes.

By doing this exercise will help you to learn how tone creates three dimensional shapes.

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Working Art


Line & Contour

The placement of strong lines is one of the most important skills one can learn as an artist. Grounding your subject in space and place them accurately within your design. Composition is very important.

Structural Drawing

Training your eye to see perspective more accurately working with geometric shapes.

The Plumb Line

The plumb-lines help us to place our landmarks and proportions, of the figure or landscape we are looking at, into its correct placement on our paper.


Becoming more comfortable with various materials, will help you gain more control over the value ranges in your drawings. Practicing drawing a range of values using charcoal, ink and more will aid you in capturing shadows, highlights and transitional areas.


Form is one of the most challenging elements to capture accurately in drawing. Blocking in forms of all shapes, analyzing light and shadow defining each item.

Working on a Toned Ground

Explore new value-building skills with toned ground. Tone papers or just adding tone to your white paper before drawing. Play with values from lightest lights and darkest darks creating a range of value with tone.

Color Media

Exploring the use of color in your drawings adding subtle color to your work with different mediums by blending, shading and working with value colored pencils, watercolor-based media and more.


Light and Shadow


Drawing expressive communication using shape, such as squares, circles and triangles with volume through form into realistic three-dimensional cube, sphere and cone objects. Through drawing exercises and practicing this method 2D and 3 D will help you master this technique.
Create a three-value tone key for light, middle and dark values to help identify shape, light, and shadow. Block in the composition, and use glazes of color to play with light and shadow. This will teach you to realistically capture reflections, bouncing light, various shadow and unique color combinations to help you work come alive.

Poland rain

Drawing Habits to Develop


1. Practice does make perfect!
(A) prioritize the goal of learning how to draw
(B) schedule time to draw
(C) Make it a routine
(D) Skill develops through consistent practice

2. Draw from life
(A) direct observation a way to improve
(B) carry a sketchbook and sketch anywhere you go
(C) develop a consistent habit of working from life

3. Get feedback
(A) connect with other working artists

More About Mixing Color

Cathedral in Milan

Start painting with a limited palette of colors, I suggest two colors so you see how they differ. The knowledge you obtain, will aid you in future painting issues.
There are very specific reasons why artist will use certain colors in their palettes. When painting outdoors compare to painting in the studio your palette will change.
Some artist/teachers suggest you use their palettes. I suggest by doing the above and learning what the color actually does is definitely more important.
By mixing colors, you will create harmony. Always remember color and the different values of that particular color is important.
Some artists make a point of jolting down color combinations they have mixed and reuse them through their painting.
As you continue learning, keep these simple ideas in mind they will help strengthen your mixing skills.

Working On Location

children study

When I am painting on location I always look for an interesting subject, also a shaded area. Remember you do not need all of your watercolor gear. More than likely you will be painting spontaneous studies. You just need a few basic watercolor tubes, pen, 1 sketch pad, 2 brush sizes and watercolor block. I like taking watercolor block size 9 by 12 or 11 by 14 inches.
Take the time to study your subject. Plan to work quickly.
I work number of studies and use them to paint my finish work. The painting example is a work in progress. I drew many children from different parts of the world and create composition
Always take your camera for references. Oh passport!

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