Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Marc Delessio

Just came across the artwork of Marc Delessio- he's an American painter living and working in Florence who travels the world making landscape paintings. He does amazing portraits as well.
Check him out at http://www.marcdalessio.com

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tired Old Truck

This is a photo I took recently at a farm east of town on the James River. I was there scouting for painting ideas and came across this beast. I took pictures from several angles and ended up liking this frontal view the most. I'm not sure I'll use it for a painting although it is hard to resist. All that rusting metal and aging paint make for a lot of great textures. I'm kind of thinking about doing it as a watercolor and finally putting my new Kolinsky watercolor brushes to use.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Trekell Brushes Featured Artist

For the month of March, I am the featured artist on the Trekell Brushes website. Trekell manufactures top-quality brushes for artists and sells them through their website at extremely reasonable prices. I've been using them for years after another artist recommended that I try them and they're the only things on my palette right now. Great stuff. They supply both bristle and sable brushes in all sizes and shapes. I particularly like the filbert sables in a wide variety of sizes.

I recently bought some of the Kolinsky watercolor sables and they are amazing. When I first went away to art school, my painting instructor insisted that we use Windsor and Newton Series 7 brushes for all our paintings and these Trekell brushes match them in every way except for the exorbitant price. Some of my new brushes haven't even been unwrapped as I admire their craftsmanship so much that I can't even bring myself to use them. I'm planning to start a piece that will give me the opportunity to use them for the first time and I can't wait to get started.

Check out the archive of featured artists on the Trekell site and you'll see one of my favorite artists, William Whitaker. His figure paintings of beautiful young women are quite graceful and show a tremendous amount of brush control and seamless painting skills. Beautiful stuff.