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.



Watercolor painting, backruns are those dreadful hard-edged shapes that sometimes creep into a clear wash when the paper dries unevenly. The backrun effect can, however, be used to advantage in a controlled situation,  producing textures and effects that would be diffcult to obtain with normal painting methods. The technique consists of dropping water or wet pigment into a wash that has lost its shine but is not yet dry. This loosens the paint and causes it to flow into the surrounding wash, accumulating in an irregular, hard-edged shape.

Several drops of water is allow to spread and diffuse, create a mottled texture suggesting a weathered appearance.  As in a winter landscape, delicate stokes of clear water applied with a soft brush will convey the impression of frost-covered trees in the distance.



The Euphemia Gallery




Gallery Representation 

The Euphemia Gallery

1319 3rd Ave

Spring Lake, NJ  07762

Phone(973) 998-1141



Five drawing tips help you learn how to simplify shapes of the body.

Practice by drawing gesture sketches with your non-drawing hand.

Practice drawing the basic arm and leg structures by thinking of them as cylinders. Simply refine these basic shapes with detail.

The basic form and positioning for feet, draw them starting with a rectangle in 3D. This is good exercise drawing feet in perspective and in various positions.

When sketching the head, I draw circular motions. Once I get the correct position, I begin lightly indicating the shape and position of the nose, eyes and ears.

Sketch people passing by.

Drawing from life is always the best approach.



Contour lines serve as the foundation for constructing diverse types of artworks, and are the base on which all drawing styles and techniques are built. These roles that contour lines play in preliminary sketches is the key in starting a drawing. Study straight and angled lines in drawings this will help you figure the correct proportions when drawing the human body.

 Blind Contour Drawing

Will enhance your observation skills by drawing objects without looking at your paper

Advance your ability to see as an artist by analyzing a straight-sided shape to find clues to draw it accurately freehand

Accurately sketch the proportions of straight-sided shapes and objects, and then outline their contours with continuous lines

Set up intricate proportional guidelines to draw an image and then add shading with hatching lines

When sketching animals use short and long lines

 Sketch a Simple Scene

Sketch the proportions of hills, a lake, and trees, outline their shapes, and then add shading with straight hatching lines

The Writer

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No one imaginative characteristic can transform your writing as transiently as color. Spending thousands of words over describing a scene, when a single color is all it takes to burst the scene upon the reader’s eye with perfect clarity.
Authors can often categorize characters through the colors with which they surround themselves. The color could set the mood of the scene.

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IF by Rudyard Kipling


Rudyard Kipling

written in 1910 for his 12 years-old son John


IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Happy Fathers Day to you.

To your Dad,  John


To My Dad,  Al

This morning, I listen to Sunday Morning  CBS, heard how fathers today are different from fathers twenty years ago. Dads today spend more time with their kids.  My dad, definitely was ahead of his time,  he was as maternal as my mom.  As a baby he help bathe, cut our nails, feed and read to us.  I guest today dads finely caught on.



On This Memorial Day © Emily Toma


Remember those who served before.
Remember those who are no more.
Remember those who serve today.
Remember them as we eat and play.
Remember our protectors-
who are not home today.
Remember them all on Memorial Day.

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