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January 2015 Thirty Paintings in 30 Days

January 2015 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Friday, January 30, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Thirty

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"First Date"
Acrylic, 24" x 36" on 1 1/2" gallery wrap.

Thanks so much for all of your kind comments about my painting yesterday. The response was amazing and the painting also sold! I was inspired to paint another one is a similar format. It's big, bold and I love it. 

Here is my painting in a very cool room.


In case you need reminding, today is the 30th of January. It's the last day of the 30 in 30 Challenge! There were many times this month when I thought this day would never come. And now it's here and I am sad. I am going to miss the pressure of finishing my painting every day. But I plan to continue paintings almost every day.

I have thought long and hard about what was my favorite part of this month's challenge. Aside from painting every day, it has to be discovering my love and joy in painting abstracts. Painting big, painting with acrylics, following my heart and having fun are the best way for me to describe the last 30 days. I am so lucky!

Technically the challenge is over for now. But we all know, of course it's really just the beginning. 

This is the time for all of us to build upon what we have accomplished this month. Whether you painted five or thirty paintings, it doesn't matter. We have all learned something from painting more often, from blogging everyday and sharing our art on Facebook. The results have snowballed and have been amazing. Many of you told me that you have already blogged more times this month than the entire  year. Most of you have found a way to leave "the stuff" behind so when you enter your studio it's all about painting. A lot of you are painting faster and having little trouble finding inspiration to paint. It's been a great 30 days and I thank you all for joining and inspiring me to paint every day this month.

Tomorrow we will head back in to our studios and paint some more. We will continue to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and take some risks. We don't need to feel rushed and we don't need to ignore our families anymore (haha). Just paint what you want, but take a little more time to build on the momentum you have created these past few weeks. 

I promise we will do another 30 in 30 Challenge in 2015. In the meantime I will be busy painting and teaching and enjoying the beach house (I have a workshop there in June!)

Tomorrow I will post a collage of all of my 30 paintings. I will also post instructions as to how you can create one too. You can post your collage on my blog on January 31st. So be sure to check back tomorrow.

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015. Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house. Click here for more information.

I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month. Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife. Click here to sign up!
  www.dickblick.com

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thirty Paintnigs in 30 Days - Day Twenty-nine

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"Colorful Sunset"
Acrylic, 36" x 36" on 1 1/2" gallery wrap.

I love this painting. It's big and colorful and represents a lot of what I have experienced and learned this month. It's been an incredible journey and a "life changing one" for sure. I hope you have enjoyed this month as much as I have. Here's to one more day!

Here is my painting in a beautiful living room!



I cannot believe it is Day 29. Only one more day in the January 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. If you are an artist participating in the Challenge I am happy to say that on January 31st we will all create and post a collage of the paintings you have complete this month. Tomorrow's blog post will include all of the instructions and information as to how to create the collage.

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015. Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house. Click here for more information. I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month. Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife. Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty Eight

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"Pink Highlighter"
Acrylic, 18" x 18" on 1 1/2" gallery wrap.

I now have the ability to add my paintings to photographs of rooms so I have included this photo to give you an idea of what my latest abstract might look like in a modern setting. I love the chair too! 


My abstract website has these photos too. Here is the front page:

Let me know what you think!

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015. Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house. Click here for more information.

I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife. Click here to sign up.
 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty-seven

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"Morning welcome"
Acrylic, 24" x 24" on 1 1/2" gallery wrap

I taught a one day Monday Open Studio in my Carriage House today and we painted large flowers in an abstract format. We had so much fun! I am covered with paint but it was well worth it!

Is it possible thre are only three more days left in the 30 Day Challenge? No way ...

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015. Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house. Click here for more information. I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month. Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife. Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty-six

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"Raining Drops"
Abstract, 24" x 24" on 1 1/2" gallery wrap.

I believe a big part of painting abstracts is developing my color palette. So far I have only painted in my Fall and Spring Palette. Today I started working on my Summer Palette. It's a process and as the paintings develop the palette will change. But so far, I am happy! The summer palette is more muted and has a lot of fun pinks and greens and blues and yellows. So stay tuned for more paintings in these colors!

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule. I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house. Click here for more information. I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month. Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up.www.dickblick.com

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty-five

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"Crashing Waves"
Acrylic, 36" x 36" on 1 1/2" gallery wrap.

This painting is truly a labor of love. It took me three full days to paint and it is very heavy due to the many layers of paint. As you know these colors are my favorite so I really enjoyed the process. Even if it did take me forever!

I will share with you a little secret. While I have been painting my abstract paintings this month I have been "binge watching" all of the episodes of The West Wing. (Actually I think I have been listening more than watching.) The West Wing has always been my favorite show but I haven't watched the show in almost ten years. I was a political science major in college and always loved the oval office subject matter. I must say the show is even better the second time around! Aaron Sorkin is a genius. I am on season IV and I do not want it to end!

So, have you ever "binge watched" a show on NetFlicks before?

I have a workshop coming up in Atlanta in March. Although we won't be painting abstracts we will be painting very loosely with a palette knife. I hope you will consider joining me! The dates are March 16 - 18, 2015. Click here for more information.

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty-four

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"Wonderful Joy"
Acrylic, 24" x 24" on 1 1/2" gallery wrap.

It's Day 24 and I feel as if I am getting closer to defining my style for painting abstracts. Now when I start on a painting I use the same method "of attack".  I like the vertical shapes I have painted in some of my most recent paintings. But I love adding additional movement and color as I have done with the circular shapes in this painting. I think I want to paint this similar style in a 48" x 48". How fun would that be?

We only have one week left in the 30 in 30 Challenge and I hope you all are enjoying this as much as I am. This month has been incredible. It's gone way above my expectations.

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty-three

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"Bubble Gum"
Acrylic, 18" x 18"
2 of 2


Here is the companion piece to the painting I posted yesterday. The paintings are titled "Cotton Candy" and "Bubble Gum".  They could go side by side or on top of one another. I think they would look fabulous in a girls room! 

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty-two

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"Cotton Candy"
Acrylic, 18" x 18" on gallery wrap.
1 of 2

This painting has layers and layers of paint. These two paintings took a lot longer than I had thought they would. There are four washes on each one, which are on top of lots and lots of paint. You can only guess how long it took me to paint these simultaneously with all of the layers! I will post the companion piece tomorrow.

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty-one

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"All About Our Family"
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas. NFS.


I taught a workshop on Monday in Ventura to a wonderful group of ladies. We did something different as I helped them all create a personalized family collage. Some of them were large (as in 24" x 36") and included over 60 words pertaining to their families. It was fun, enjoyable and something I know they will enjoy for a very long time. 
Here is the first one I made for our beach house in Ventura. And also here are the wonderful gals that were in my class!
Join me for one of my 2015 palette knife painting workshops:

Three Day “Painting Large” w/the Palette Knife - South Pasadena, Ca - March 8 - 10, 2015
Four Day “Painting Light & Color” at the Beach - April 20 - 23, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Three Day “Painting Still Life” with a Palette Knife - May 11 - 13, 2014 - South Pasadena, Ca
Five Day Painting in Paradise at the Beach - Jun 21 - 25, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Three Day “Painting Light & Color” at the Beach - July 20 - 22, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Three Day “Painting Large” with the Palette Knife - Oct 19 - 21, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Four Day “Light & Color” at the Beach - Nov. 9 - 12, 2015 - Ventura, Ca


Don't forget, you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house. Click here for more information. I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month. Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up.
www.dickblick.com

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twenty

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"Warming Tones"
Acrylic, 24" x 24" on gallery wrap.

I was very inspired by the large 46" x 36" abstract I painted a few days ago titled "Floating Colors". I started this painting roughly the same way and I am very pleased with the outcome. The colors in this painting match my family room perfectly so I think this one will hang in my house for a while. 
Love, love, love.

In case you hadn't noticed, it is day twenty of the Thirty Day Challenge. We are 2/3 done and really on the home stretch. Today is a great day to look back at your first twenty paintings. Examine what you have learned. Take note of the paintings you love. Then make a plan to spend the next ten days really pushing yourself in that direction! And of course, have fun!

Here are my 2015 palette knife painting workshops:


Three Day “Painting Large” w/the Palette Knife - South Pasadena, Ca - March 8 - 10, 2015
Four Day “Painting Light & Color” at the Beach - April 20 - 23, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Three Day “Painting Still Life” with a Palette Knife - May 11 - 13, 2014 - South Pasadena, Ca
Five Day Painting in Paradise at the Beach - Jun 21 - 25, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Three Day “Painting Light & Color” at the Beach - July 20 - 22, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Three Day “Painting Large” with the Palette Knife - Oct 19 - 21, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Four Day “Light & Color” at the Beach - Nov. 9 - 12, 2015 - Ventura, Ca

Don't forget, you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up.www.dickblick.com

Monday, January 19, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Nineteen

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"Shining Light"
Acrylic, 18" x 18" on gallery wrap.
1 of 3.
Sold. 

I finished this painting today. It's the third painting of a matched set and all three were purchased by a client. It was fun painting the three abstracts and the sale made it even more fun! As soon as I find the right colored wall to hang these paintings I will post the three of them together.

Here are my 2015 palette knife painting workshops:


Three Day “Painting Large” w/the Palette Knife - South Pasadena, Ca - March 8 - 10, 2015
Four Day “Painting Light & Color” at the Beach - April 20 - 23, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Three Day “Painting Still Life” with a Palette Knife - May 11 - 13, 2014 - South Pasadena, Ca
Five Day Painting in Paradise at the Beach - Jun 21 - 25, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Three Day “Painting Light & Color” at the Beach - July 20 - 22, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Three Day “Painting Large” with the Palette Knife - Oct 19 - 21, 2015 - Ventura, Ca
Four Day “Light & Color” at the Beach - Nov. 9 - 12, 2015 - Ventura, Ca

Don't forget, you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up.www.dickblick.com

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Eighteen

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"Floating Colors"
Acrylic, 36" x 36" on gallery wrap.
Available.

This is my largest abstract yet. it was a really great experience and I am not only happy with the design but I love the colors! You might get a laugh when you see how this painting started. I find with these paintings that I usually have a starting point in mind but the ending is another story. I have no idea where these paintings will end up! Fortunately I am happy so far with the end result.


How would you have finished this painting?

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Seventeen

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"Silver Collection"
Oil, 12" x 12"

My three day palette knife painting workshop is finished and what a wonderful time we had! I am blessed with the most wonderful students and I love teaching workshops. Above is one of my paintings from the workshop. I have a workshop coming up next month in Atlanta and the dates are March 16 - 18. Click here for more information.

So I know what you are thinking - where's the abstract? I painted two abstracts today but I decided to post one of my demo palette knife paintings I completed in my workshop this week (in case you thought I had forgotten how to paint with oils.) I really like this painting and thought I should include it here! I posted the abstract in the Inlinkz so you can see I did complete one today.

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Friday, January 16, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Sixteen

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"Glistening Reds"
Acrylic, 30" x 30"on gallery wrap.

Now that I ma back from Hawaii I am fully in "catch up mode". I just finished day two of my three day workshop and tonight I cooked dinner for all of my students. Plus I had the AHA show this morning and a volleyball game in Irvine last night for my son. I have been painting plenty of wonderful palette knife paintings in my workshops but no abstracts! So ... I started on on Tuesday and finished it today during a long lunch break. And this, "Glistening Reds" was created.
It's funny where these paintings start. In fact, here is a photo of the first "layer" of paint.

I added about five more layers of paint and it's funny that the finished painting doesn't look much like this at all! I love how these paintings just come to life. It's really an incredible experience. And I love acrylics and their fast drying time! I can't wait to get in my studio this weekend to experiment and paint more abstracts. I am counting down the hours!

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Fifteen

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"Soft Harmony"
Abstract, Acrylic on gallery wrap

"one half", "fifty percent", "mid way", "1/2", "half way done"

You can describe it however you want. But today is a big day. We hit a HUGE milestone. That's right - we are HALF WAY done. Today is day 15 and the hard part is over. Painting daily is becoming more of a habit than a task. More fun than stressful. We are on the downhill slope!

Thanks for all of your wonderful comments and "likes" of the painting I posted yesterday. It's titled Stormy Weather and the response was pretty amazing. I am pretty sure that is a direction I will be seriously considering with my abstracts. The past 15 days have been incredible. I have learned so much and I love the fact that I can sense a style and direction of my abstract painting. It's been fun sharing my experience. I don't care if every painting isn't perfect. This month is all about the journey. The destination will come. But I never guessed the journey would be so much fun!

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Thirty Paintings for 30 Days - Day Fourteen

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"Stormy Weather"
Acrylic, 20" x 20" on gallery wrap.

It's wonderful to be home although six days in 80 degree weather was heaven. Our trip to watch my youngest son play volleyball was a true vacation. Lots of relaxation, sports, great food and yes ... a few cocktails! I had a very successful photo shoot at my favorite Marina in the world on Waikiki Beach!

I was back at my abstract workshop this morning. A bit jet lagged but I was very excited about this one. I brought home a painting that looked different from this one. The design was there but I really wanted to add a slight "overcoat" or "wash" of another color all over the top. I am so glad I added it because I like it so much more!

Tomorrow I start teaching a three day palette knife workshop. It will be strange to pull out my easels and not be able to paint abstracts! It looks like I will have to paint my abstract painting after the class is over. Oh my, this is going to be a busy week.

Tomorrow is a big day in the challenge. I will give you a hint ... it has to do something with being halfway done!

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up!
  www.dickblick.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Thirteen

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"Burning Lights"
Acrylic, 16" x 12" on gallery wrap.
Available

I am cured! Just when you thought I was addicted to "beach house colors", I have found some new colors to inspire me. And I love them! I love the red/orange which is a mixture of Alizarin Crimson and Cad Yellow Medium. Love, love, love.

Ok, I am happy. Even if I am back home from Hawaii.

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Monday, January 12, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Twelve

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"Romantic Hues"
Acrylic, 36" x 24" on gallery wrap.
Available

If you read my post from yesterday you might remember that I think I might have an addiction to "beach colors" like those seen in this painting. It's true. But it's a healthy addiction, I promise.

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - Day Eleven

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"Uplifting Tides"
Abstract, 24" x 26" on gallery wrap
Available

Given the wonderful response from all of you on my painting from yesterday it looks like I will be spending more time on representational abstracts! Today's painting is one of my wild palette knife paintings. Maybe I should limit my palette and call it "Beach Colors". I seem to gravitate to this palette often. I hope it's ok. Because I absolutely love these colors!

We are in Hawaii cheering my son who plays volleyball for UC Irvine. I had an incredibly busy week last week painting and "getting ahead" in the 30 in 30 Challenge so I could head out of town for a few days. Hint: getting ahead in this challenge is a really good thing. It is one thing that will keep you insane. But I do know how hard it is!

I have a workshop next week in South Pasadena that has a few spots open. It's titled "Discovering Color" and it will dramatically enhance your skills at changing color palettes when you paint! It's still not too late to join me. Click here for more information.

Check out my 2015 workshop schedule! I am coming to Cape Cod, Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond in 2015! Plus you can paint and stay with me in Ventura, CA at the beach house! Click here for more information! I am offering Online Studio painting classes every month! Join me each month as we paint boats, roosters, glass, beach scenes, umbrellas, etc. with a palette knife! Click here to sign up! www.dickblick.com

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