I thought I would post some pics of how I approach a new painting. The first pic shows an underpainting of burnt sienna done in acrylic. After I do a drawing directly on the canvas I paint this acrylic layer rather quickly, just indicating the general darks and lights. I like using acrylic because it dries very quickly and allows me to go on to the next layer which I put on in oil. This is the grey scale layer and is again like map to follow, indicating the different value changes. The third pic shows the painting after 2 fairly thin layers done in oil. I use liquin as my medium because it allows the painting to dry quickly so that I can paint on it the next day. I am starting to refine the painting at this point showing a bit more detail. I will probably put another 2 or 3 layers on top of this until I have the painting as I like it.
I was very honored to be asked to co-author this book available for sale as of August 2014 online and in many fine book stores. The book features the work of several fine artists as well as myself giving instruction on how to paint still life in acrylics. The book is beautiful and very helpful to anyone wanting to learn how to paint landscapes, still life and animals in acrylic and is full of great advice and lovely pictures explaining how to step by step.