After watercolor "Zbukvic"

A 9x12 watercolor after Joseph Zbukvic an Australian watercolor artist, https://www.josephzbukvic.com/
"Drawing is the skeleton of your work, paint the flesh."  Joseph Zbukvic


Painting with watercolor

Watercolors are pigments that are bound with water-soluble gum arabic. Dissolving the pigment and applying it in a transparent wash onto the paper.  The whites and light come from the paper underneath, which contributes to the brilliance of the effect. Painting in transparent washes are called "aquarelles" to distinguish then from  paintings which the paint is applied  thickly and is more opaque.
The accessibility and democratic nature of watercolor may explain why so many artist from Homer, Prendergast, Wyeth, Hopper and Sargent  were attracted to the medium.
10 x 7 Watercolor


Hot Dog

"2 hot dog, one all the way and one plain to go."  A 6x6 gouache painting "Hot Dog Stand"


New Year 2019

Happy New Year...... Some of my small sketches in gouache and casein painted this last year, wishing all the best for the coming new year. Keep painting.



Winter's Promise

Winter's promise is a 6x6 gouache painting, I have painted this subject  many times, when there is a foot or more on the ground you don't want to go to far away from home.


Morning light

This was painted on a farm just down the road from my studio, I got there just when the morning light was coming over the hill.  10x10 on panel Sold



Lonesome pine

This was painted somewhere north of Shelton Laurel, NC on lonesome pine. #Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/cheeklindafineart/?hl=en
 A 8x10 painting "Wired"


Cold wave

A 12x12 painted from my porch, the start of fire wood, cold weather and maybe snow?


From my sketchbook

From my sketchbook a small pen and ink and a gouache study  of boats.


The Finished Sketch

Two paintings "Flooded Field " 4x7  and "End of Day" 4x7 painted in gouache on paper, The "Finished Sketch" and the term preliminary study are nearly identical in meaning,but if the painting sketch is placing the emphasis on an appreciation of the essential artistic qualities of each sketch, rather than on how a sketch relates to a further work,then we could say we have a finished painted sketch.


A Painted Sketch

I've been working in gouache and casein on small panel and paper with the intention of redressing my interest in the water medium I once used as an illustrator.  I now find I also have to take another look at  "the sketch" just what is a sketch?  Issues of size, intent, medium, and function are the most common determinants used  to separate one type of artistic endeavor from another.
In the eighteenth century, France had a scale of preliminary works that  progress from croquis, to pochade, to etude. and the categories did not stop there. "The Painted Sketch"an anticipation or maybe a taste.


Cake Walk

Just one of Asheville Art Deco Architecture buildings 1920-1928 City Hall, clay pink and Georgia marble, some call it the wedding cake, a gouache painting on paper 7x5  "Cake Walk"



Oil 10 x 10
6 x 8 Gouache Study
This 10 x 10 Oil  is a good example of  how I trust my process starting with a plein air paintings, using Gouache on a small panel, I spend about an hour or so until I have the information needed and just for insurance I also take a photo.  In my Studio I decide if  I'm as inspired as I was on location to do a more finished work. Ken Auster had very good concept of what I'm talking about "The Passion Sandwich"  defined here   http://www.tucsonartacademyonline.com/ken-auster-workshop-1
simple put intellect, passion, value and volume. I was fortunate to have been Ken's monitor in his workshop in Fairview North Carolina. Ken was a passion teacher an inspirational person and always admired  his work. I hope you enjoy the website. Below is my painting by Ken Auster




Painting just sent from my studio to their new home, thanks for your appreciation and interest in my work.  All marked SOLD



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.