Waiting Games
30″ x 40″
Oil on Canvas



Pieces of You; I’m sure the title on this one will probably change at some point. The idea I had for this title is not really what this piece is intended to be – I just couldn’t come up with the title yet. This is one of those emotional pieces that will find a title somewhere during the creative process.

I have have dearly missed having “Black Water” hanging in my home, so this is the next scene in that particular series.

••• Canvas Preparation •••


Session 1
I have underpainted the canvas in my usual manner, and added the highlights to define the layout. I’ll be covering everything with oils, but the underpainting will provide reference points and define colors. I am very much looking forward to working on this project.

••• Painting with Oils •••


Session 1
In this photo you can see that I made a great deal of progress over the last 2 days working in oils. The paint is at that tacky point where I have to let everything dry fully before going back in to add more. There is still a ton of work to be done on the clouds, but it’s a satisfying start overall. I wanted to work wet in wet so I spent a very long session at work.

Lately I have been experimenting with a “slow-dry” medium I mixed to extend the drying time of the oils. It works really well for portraits and still-life pieces, but I am still not too sure about trying it on landscapes, since I often spend time impatiently watching paint dry – yes that’s a real thing (apparently).

I will add in some texture in the water and some elements of interest – perhaps a boat near the dock. There is also quite a bit of work to do on the dock itself, which I can do while waiting for the rest to dry.

For those interested in the slow-dry medium, here are the ingredients used;

odorless mineral spirits
linseed stand oil
refined linseed oil
Venice turpentine
oil of cloves

Shoot me an email and I can send you the formulation.


Session 1
Lots of

Lorem Ipsum stuff

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Here is the finished piece, photographed outdoors.

I went back and did quite a bit of work on the clouds. I was not really satisfied with them as of the last sitting, but I couldn’t do anything about it until everything was dry. I pretty much worked all of the cloud areas to brighten and create highlights.

Obviously, I finished the dock and added some detail elements in the water. I am very happy with the way this turned out. It is already hanging in my family room – hope the dumb kitty doesn’t notice it, because it’s still wet!

This piece is in the online Gallery now and is available for purchase.