A resort destination since the 1800's.  In 1828 the Buncombe Turnpike was completed along the French Broad River  which runs through Hot Springs along with the Appalachian Trail that runs down Main Street and across the Spring Creek Bridge, more information at this link http://hotspringsnc.org/about/history/  The paintings are of  Hot Springs


SEC Football Art U Print

My new u-print site where you can choose Art Prints, SEC Football Cards and Prints are now up and ready to order after a year of working on the art.  So please go to the link below and have a look.  Don't forget to send your friends a free e-card and thanks for the likes on facebook.


Rocky Creek

Rocky creek 12 x 9 Casein En Plein Air

More recommendations

More recommendations for casein.You are able to take advantage of the rapid drying time with the ease to make changes ,the thick and thine applications, multimedia techniques and the matte finish of this water-soluble paint.  Unlike watercolor and gouache, casein can be applied thin washes or thick brush strokes, and can be modified with casein emulsion. The finished painting can be left unvarnished or sealed with a varnish.  As with any other paint their are certain steps that need to be taken to ensure the best results with casein, those steps include working on a rigid gesso prepared surface and recognizing that the painting takes several days to dry completely.  I follow similar procedures for casein as I do with oil and using the same array of warm and cool color palette of E mile Gruppe.


More Casein

Rushing Water 8X10 Casein

I follow similar procedures for oil painting as I do for casein, one of the oldest artist medium older than oil.  Using the same array of warm and cool color and a plan based on the pattern of light and dark that develops my composition, so it really dose not matter which one I choose.  That said, as with any other paint their are certain steps that need to be taken to ensure the best results with casein, those steps include working on a acid free rigid surface and recognizing that the paint takes several days to dry completely.

Water Fall 1 6x6 Casein


Why Casein Now?

So why casein now and not oil?  I think maybe I've come full circle, back way back in art school  (Ringling School Of Art) before oil paints.we were introductions to gouache and casein as the medium for our class projects and assignments for the first year.  The next three years fine art students used mostly oil, graphic artist stayed with gouache and casein as a rule,
When I worked as a illustrator gouache was always a go to medium. For the past 20 years I  have worked en plain air with oil or pastel, in recent years I rediscovered casein paint and the advantages it has over oil paints. Easy clean up, fast drying, coast and reworking.
Here are some website with more on casein and artist ...
http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2013/04/casein-experiment.html, http://nathanfowkes-sketch.blogspot.com/.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftpsi6RFrMc&t=3522s

Unlike  gouache, casein can be applied either in thin washes or thick brushstrokes,  As with any other paint, there are certain things that will ensure the best results with casein, such as working on a rigid surface, masonite coated with acrylic gesso and completely dry for several days.



Another cold day good reason to stay inside and play around with a sketch of a boat on a warmer day. Gouache.Painting 6 x 8


Computer generated painting

Another Digital Painting created in Artrage, Digital painting thrives mostly in production art. In 1986 I worked as a Technical Illustrator and some of my tools were the air brush, ruling pen, drafting table ect., by 1990 all were gone and replaced by the Mac and CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. So in 2016 it is not surprising we have soft ware that gives artist a similar environment to a physical plein air painter. All digital painting programs try to mimic the use of physical media like oil, acrylics, charcoal and watercolor.  I am finding the creative process in traditional and digital painting is more or less the same.


Working in Artrage

Painting with Artrage (a digital software) is a new experience for me, for all my many years as an artist it has been hands on and in the field.  The last 20+ years I have real enjoyed plein air painting and have a large collection of paintings I can use as a reference that is only gained from painting on location.. So even though I am not a fan of computers and a novice of all things digital I purchased a tablet and the art software.  So far so good, think I will do another one.


 What?  More snow, the view from my front porch and a painting I did of the Laruel River.


Two new paintings 30 x 24 Winter Light and Fall River at The Design Gallery.  Also pick up your edition of a ACEO card and view my original oil paintings for your collection of new ACEO.
Wishing All A Very Very Merry Christmas and New Year