Methods and Materials


Usually, I begin a painting without any direction, except to contemplate basic elements and principals of design (i.e., composition, color, shape, space, line, etc.).   To accomplish this, I sit quietly for a few minutes in prayer, listening to Christian CDs, and then paint as the Holy Spirit of God leads my brush-making decisions and influences the colors I choose. Working wet-into-wet in watercolor, I wet the paper all over with a large brush or a sponge, and then randomly drop in colors. Before letting this dry, I sometimes like to cover the paint with plastic or bubble-wrap, or other found materials for textures. When this initial stage is dry, I will normally sit the painting up on an easel so I can contemplate possible subjects.  During this time, I often turn the painting upside down or on its side, to discover new compositions, or subject matter.  This stage of creation is much like lying on one’s back in the grass, staring at the clouds, and guessing what shapes the clouds are making. Later, I may or may not add line work with water-soluble colored pencils or pastels.

Oils and Acrylics

With both oils and acrylics, I prefer to paint on Ampersand Gesso panels as they have a smooth surface. For oils, I prefer Holbein Watersoluable paints in tubes; and for acrylics, I like using Golden’s new brand of Open Acrylics. 

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