Don’t skimp with cheap watercolor paper

When to use cheap watercolor paper In the very beginning, I knew that I would paint ten throwaway paintings. When I say throwaway, I mean it literally. They sucked, and ended up in the garbage. So no, you'll never see them. They're in a landfill somewhere. I bought ten sheets…

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Music to paint to

What music do you paint to? And does music help set the mood for your painting? Since I’m doing more fantasy pinup art, I like music that helps the setting. I have eclectic tastes. They range from pretty heavy to pretty deep. But a lot of my music totally fits…

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Do evil witches throw the salt over their right shoulder?

If you’re not a Southerner, you may not get that joke. In the old days, salt wasn’t exactly cheap. So spilling the table salt wasn’t exactly a small deal. Well, back then, Americans had tons of superstitions that we’ve eventually forgotten about. One of them was throwing salt over your…

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Artists I like – John William Waterhouse

In high school, I listened to Heavy Metal music and also played Dungeons and Dragons. Back in those days, I hung out at the mall with friends and girlfriends. The mall had this one poster shop and I immediately fell in love with a specific painting. I’d been doing physical…

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Seven color watercolor palette

There's an old adage that you should be able to cut down to six colors if you had to. You know what? There's no way I can. I need seven. So I'm going to break the rules and cut down to a seven color watercolor palette. What's in my watercolor…

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There’s a Hellhound on my trail

Hellhound on my trail. Some of you will know that as a Robert Johnson song from the 1930s. Ah yes. The Mississippi Delta Blues. That's where it all came from. But who was Robert Johnson and did he really sell his soul to the Devil? Well, I can only tell…

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Sometimes our modeling sessions are random…

And sometimes our modeling sessions are planned. Allie and Roxy have both been with me since the beginning. They're both very different models. The funny thing is, neither of them started off as models. It just happened that way. I'm in fact the only person they model for. We're friends…

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Artists I like – Roy Lichtenstein

Awhile back, I talked about how I recorded two songs with David Lichtenstein. It's funny. I've always thought it must be tough being the child of someone famous. You're always living in their shadows. People will often compare you to them. For instance, I'd hate to be Walter Payton's or…

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Evil witches and their evil familiars

I've painted a lot of mermaids recently. I think I'm going to take a break from mermaids for awhile. I think it's time to explore a whole new category of femme fatales. How about witches? My prior witches were more sloppy than evil. Like the young witch who accidentally unleashed…

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When painting pinups, the magic happens…

When painting pinups, the magic happens in the initial sketch. Once you get good at sketching, everything else just falls in place. In the old days, artists took anatomy classes and dissected bodies. I won't go that far. However, I strongly recommend that you know bodies very well. I'm a…

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