I feel a tremendous affection for the sea. This is apparent in my artwork. But then, most people feel an affinity to the marine world. With oil painting, however, it is the perfect outlet to show the world the joy I feel for the beach. Words only go so far.
My goal for every beach painting is to make the seashine; to give it personality and character. To breathe a colorful life into it.
In my heart, my paintings are my paradise.
Where the Waves Crash. Oil painting on canvas : 16×20 inches
They grant me the liberty to escape to a brighter place, a more peaceful place. Such is the power of art. It can evoke many different feelings and have extraordinary power.
By using solely palette knives, I have managed to forge a highly unique style for myself. One of rich color, 3D-like textures, and simple beauty. Simple is the best way to describe my style.
It is an honor to be a artistic spokesman for the sea.
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I enjoy bringing color into the world with each new beach painting! I hope you feel the same about your own talent. The world needs a little more color in it, I like to say. So until next time, follow your passion. It will lead you straight into your purpose.
Sometimes it takes a long break to step back and see what things need to be fixed. You need to look at things from the outside. From a drastically different vantage point. So after a near ten month hiatus from my art, I made the huge decision to turn my personal website into my own online store! And to do that, I need to leave Etsy behind.
Don’t get me wrong, I managed to eke out some big sales on Etsy and I found some wonderful collectors who supported me. But for the most part, my listings just got lost in the sea of endless listings. I didn’t really have the platform to shine. So when that happens, you could either A). stay and flounder, or B). BUILD YOUR OWN PLATFORM!
And I can only do that from my OWN site! Away from Etsy’s rules and regulations. I need to sell from my own site. In retrospect I probably should have made this decision years ago, but again, it takes a hiatus to see things clearly.
Over the last three weeks I have been working very hard on the new site, constructing my “original paintings” page from scratch.
As you can see from the photo, the thumbnail images will be in rows of 3 across. One thing I really didn’t like about Etsy was that you couldn’t see your available and SOLD paintings together on the same page. So that was the first decision I wanted to make. I created sold banners for the upper right corner of each image, and it will also display “out of stock” underneath.
This will add perceived value in people’s minds as they are browsing my work!
So what happens when you click on each widget?
From this page you can view the different photos, including a detailed shot highlighting my thick palette knife layers. You can also read an interesting and personal paragraph on what inspired the painting, in my own words!
To the right of each painting, you’ll be able to add to your cart or read the specifics about the art you’re interested in.
Another new and exciting feature about my website is that I will be including testimonials! You’ll be able to read first-hand exactly what my collectors are saying about me and my work. For example:
I couldn’t be more thrilled about my site so far and I have really been putting in the LONG hours! My originals page is done but I still have to work on my “limited edition prints” page and my “canvas prints” page. So needless to say, I have a LOT more work ahead of me! But I’ll keep plugging away on it, bit by bit, day by day.
Stay tuned for my next blog to hear about the various prints I will be offering. Thank you for reading! It’s good to be back–plugging away on my business!! This is the work that I love!
Get half off original beach paintings in my Etsy shop in the spring and summer. This is my BIGGEST sale yet, so be sure to check it out. On top of the 50% off, I always offer FREE shipping year-round. This incredible offer just started and includes all of the original oil paintings in my store.
As of now, I am in 34 states around America, which is pretty exciting! It seems like only yesterday that I was only in Michigan.
To be truthful for a second, it has been a LONG while since I’ve posted a step-by-step painting tutorial on my blog. Too long. That needs to be remedied, and there will be more to come in the future.
My Disney painting series is reaching its conclusion, as I only have three more left to complete. It’s been such a great journey so far. Recently I painted a brand new Moana painting, called “The Chosen One,” which happens to be a portrait–my first portrait in a long time!
Let me take you step-by-step to show you how she came to life on the canvas!
And lastly, here is the finished Moana painting in all it’s glory. I’m very happy with this piece and so glad I made the decision to go with brushes for her body. Normally I like to paint loose, but with my second favorite Disney Heroine, I had to do her justice! 🙂
I hope you guys enjoyed this special glimpse into my artistic process. This Disney series has been the best work of my career so far. I’m overjoyed I have been able to paint all my favorite Disney characters from my favorite movies.
Be sure to check out my newest painting on YouTube below.
Until next time, keep on creating and doing what it is that you love to do! Let’s bring some color into the world…
My Disney paintings have been turning out pretty nice. I decided to get some of the larger ones out of the way while my excitement and energy was still fresh!
I’ve been painting some of my favorite scenes and making them my own, which I always like to do. Here are three I’ve finished so far and some snippets about each one!
That’s all I have so far, but I should finish within the next couple of months. I’m so happy I could give you guys a special sneak peak here on my blog. I will be waiting until the whole series is finished before I put them up for sale on my Etsy shop.
And don’t forget to watch my new video on my Youtube channel about handling negative comments from others about your art! It’s an important one.
I hope you have a good night, and until next time,
Obviously, I am a huge Disney animated movie fan! That goes without saying. What isn’t obvious to anyone is that I have never painted a series before in my art career. I’ve never done a large body of similar-themed work before. So I figured, what better way to pop my cherry than with some beautiful Disney scenes. I couldn’t be more stoked about it either!
I’m kicking it off by doing a bunch of sketches on sheets of drawing paper of the characters I want for each painting. From there I will simply trace them onto the canvas with special artist transfer paper that comes with a graphite backing. That way I don’t have to re-draw each character onto each canvas!!! After all, I have a lot of man hours in the sketches alone 🙂 I will be posted the paintings to my blog here as I finish each one. I project the entire series will take me 2-3 months to complete; about 15 paintings. Most of them will be large as well.
I thought I’d share my drawings with you so you can get an idea of what kind of scenes I will be painting.
If my Disney series wasn’t exciting enough, I had a very big win yesterday in my Etsy shop. I sold 10paintings to a luxury home in Hawaii, which ended up being the single biggest sale of my art career so far. I feel like I’m floating on cumulonimbus clouds, let me tell you! I feel like a broke a *huge barrier* with my business and it can only go up from here. Anyways, just wanted to share that with you guys.
So pumped for this Disney series!
But until next time,
let’s bring some color into the world. Let’s continue kicking butt and taking names!
So fall is officially in the air here in Michigan, and it is my favorite time of year. I thrive in fall and have some wonderful childhood memories of playing and exploring this time of year.
Here are some reasons why autumn is so special:
*The weather is nice and cool!*
As far as weather goes, you can’t get any better than autumn. Here in Michigan it is usually 60 degrees around this time, with lots of sun and a cool breeze. It is absolutely perfect! You can just throw on a light sweater and you are good to go.
*Halloween comes to town!*
The spooky holiday has always been my favorite. As a boy I loved to go trick-or-treating and I would often dress up as the ghost from Scream! There is just something about this holiday that makes you feel good. It is not as overdone when compared to Christmas.
*Oh my, the colors!*
Living in the region that I do, we get to experience some of the finest fall colors around. Sure, they aren’t as vibrant as in the New England states, but they are still pretty spectacular. Bright colors play a big role in my life, especially as an artist. Anybody that follows me and my beach paintings will know that color is first and foremost in my work! I can’t get enough of gazing at vibrant colors, especially out in nature and on the trees.
*Cider and donuts, baby!*
In the fall we get to go to the apple orchard to indulge in fresh apple cider, donuts, and caramel apples. Can you think of anything better? I can’t! 🙂 I make a point to go at LEAST three times during the fall, and I have since I was young. Our mother used to take us every year for our annual hayride and jaunt through the pumpkin patch to pick out a dandy.
Those are the reasons why I love autumn so much! Here is a beach painting fresh off of the easel to commemorate this glorious season.
I hope all of you have a wonderful autumn, if you happen to live in a place with three or four seasons!
I recently put together this career retrospective video spanning back 11 years to when I first started painting. You will get to see works of art in colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, pastels, and oil paint. It is a very personal, reflective, and inspirational journey through the years.
I didn’t start out as a beach painter. I drew and painted all kinds of things, from landscapes, animals, and dogs, to portraits, houses, and still-life. I have a wealth of invaluable experience as an artist!
I had the time of my life revisiting all of these old pieces, some I hadn’t even laid eyes on in years! The purpose of this video is to encourage artists to stick with their art, no matter how rocky a start they have.
We all have to start somewhere.
I hope this exciting video inspires you to keep making art and being creative as well. Art is important and the world needs a lot more of it!
Until next time, let’s bring some color into the world!
As some of you know by now–I am a monumental Disney fan. Mostly the animated films over anything else. I just love the worlds and characters that those artists brought to life. I have painted a couple of Disney scenes so far, and I’ve got several more Disney paintings in the works as I continue my Disney series of beach paintings.
I wanted to share my future ideas with you, as I am super excited about it and wanted to get it out there. My excitement just CANNOT be contained! 🙂
But before I go over them, here are pictures of Ariel and Moana that I’ve recently done.
*NEW Disney ideas*
1. Genie on the beach!
This painting will be of the Genie lounging on the beach, enjoying the sunshine and tide! After Aladdin sets him free, he takes a much-needed vacation down by the shore. I will be sure to paint him donning his characteristic yellow Hawaiian shirt, sandals, and Goofy hat that he is wearing at the end of the movie. This one will be on a 18×24″ canvas.
2. Aladdin and Jasmine on carpet!
In this beautiful painting the two lovebirds will be flying on carpet over a beautiful beach at night. The night sky will be filled with stars and a beautiful moon. Since Aladdin and Jasmine fly around Africa and Asia, it is the perfect chance for me to show them near the ocean. It is going to be very romantic and a cannot wait to do this one! I am planning on painting this on a 24×30″ canvas.
3. Hercules overlooking the sea!
Another one of my favorite films is Hercules. I especially enjoy the scene of him standing at the edge of the cliff in the sunset looking out at sea. In my painting you will have the bright sparkles over the sea from the sun, Herc’s arms open wide, and some colorful flowers in the grass around him. It should be a fun painting! I’m planning to paint this on a 18×24″ canvas.
4. Ariel swimming under water!
I adore the Little Mermaid and definitely want to paint another scene with Ariel, but this time “under the sea,” pun intended! There will be seaweed swaying in the current, corals, bubbles, and various ocean creatures around as Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian go for a swim together. I even plan on painting a sunken ship in the distance as well, which I think will really give the painting a mystical quality. This one should be VERY epic and have the same feel as my other underwater paintings. I am planning to paint it on a 36×48″ canvas, which will be my largest artwork to date!!
That’s all I have so far! Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to check out my website, Etsy shop, and YouTube channel at the links below. Here is my newest speed painting video on YouTube!
I just finished my latest Disney painting and couldn’t be more thrilled about it! 🙂 It is from one of my favorite animated films, Moana. The palette knife painting depicts a grateful Tafiti with her hand on her heart standing proud over the mountainside, as Moana sails away on her raft.
I crammed it full of color, texture, and detail, but before I show the final image, here are some progress photos for you to enjoy.
Here is my initial sketch. You can already see the drama and excitement that I wanted to convey here. In the actual movie Tafiti goes to sleep and becomes part of a mountain before Moana gets back on the ocean. Here, I wanted to have her towering in the distance watching Moana sail away! I felt it was much more powerful. After all, she just got her heart restored!
With detailed and elaborate scenes like this, I always like to start by painting the sky around the figures. I added some cool clouds to give the sky more detail.
At this point I wanted to block in the distant mountain (keeping it very light and airy since its far away) and the mountains in the foreground that Tafiti is standing behind. Now I will move up to start working on Tafiti 🙂
After added some trees and waterfalls in the foreground, I started Tafiti with a base mid-tone green. From there I will add all of the intense shadows and light to bring her to life!
And here she is completed! You can see her headband of beautiful flowers as well as her gown of lush green leaves and vines. Notice the intense light coming from the left, which is where the sun is. The entire left side of her body is illuminated.
I skipped a few steps, but here you can see the majority of Moana’s vessel blocked in. Of course I had to add the official Moana logo to the mast. The foreground water will be darker and the background sea water will be lighter, since it is in the sun.
And without further ado, here is the finished painting of Moana and Tafiti!
The waves crashing against the raft, the rope she’s pulling on, and her hair blowing in the wind—make for an action-packed and thrilling image! I am very proud of this one.
I hope you guys enjoyed seeing her progress from start to finish!
Also, here is my new YouTube video that I just posted today of a beautiful tropical moonlit beach. Be sure to check it out and lend some support!
It’s been so amazing painting Ariel and Moana. It just makes me realize how much more I love Disney animated films with every passing day. I hope all of you have a great weekend. Let’s make the most of what’s left of the summer! It goes very fast here in Michigan.
I recently ran out of stretched canvases and finally got my new shipment in today. It took me a couple of hours to paint all of the sides black to get them prepped for painting.
Needless to say, I am SUPER excited to get started on these bad boys!
I’ve been working on small 11×14″ canvases for a while, which is the size I use for my YouTube videos. But they just aren’t the same! I’ve loved painting on larger surfaces over the past year and I have grown an awful lot as a palette knife artist. I have each canvas labelled with the particular scene I will paint on it.
That large canvas in the corner is reserved for a huge humpback whale breaching in the sunset! It is going to be colorful, massive, and epic! I can’t wait to do that one. I’ll be sure to post step-by-step entries on my blog when I officially start working on it.
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