DO YOU SEE FACES IN MY PAINTINGS? Since I have been painting, I have found out so many people have been looking for and finding faces; is this intentional NO!! I never know they are there most of the time until it is finished. Though I have to admit that now I give my paintings a once over to see if anything pops out at me! Yet even when I do not see anything, someone always seems to be finding something, sometimes I can see what they are seeing and other times I cannot. Going way back before we ever … Continue reading WHAT IS PAREIDOLIA?


*Please overlook the crooked painting, I have not figured out if I can straighten images out in WordPress. I am writing this post to show how you take a simple acrylic underpainting and over paint it in oils, while adding more details. Even though the sky was painted in, with acrylics, Ultramarine Blue at the top and gradated down into cerulean blue & titanium white, the same was done in oils except for the addition of the color manganese/cerulean blue was added to pure cerulean blue. Next the clouds were added. ADDING THE TREE & DETAILS I would like you … Continue reading ACRYLIC UNDERPAINTING TO OILS PROGRESS


WHY DO AN UNDERPAINTING? As for myself to answer this question would be difficult, as I generally do not even entertain the thought! Since I paint from my imagination 99% of the time, I tend to be spontaneous, just go and get going. As I see the images forming in my mind my brush moves to record those thought, images & feelings. I know for those who do underpaintings, it is more to work out tonal values, hues etc. in acrylics, the over paint with oils. For myself this takes away the spontaneity of just doing it. Yesterday, I fell … Continue reading WHAT IS AN UNDERPAINTING?


I had planned on writing a post to go with these photographs of the painting I have been working on over the past several weeks, somehow I just cannot seem to get written what I want to say this time. I am working in layers, which simply means the layers dry before the next is painted. Usually on smaller paintings I work alla prima, meaning all layers are done in one sitting, then the painting is left to dry, once dried then it is varnished. this painting still has some work to be done on it, some very loose suggestions … Continue reading A WATERFALL LANDSCAPE IN THE MAKING


Believe it not, not all paintings are perfect! Sometimes, you enter the flow state right out of the gate, sadly other times, I may start that way but as the painting progresses, looks great, something just fizzles out. Many times it is a simple fact that I get distracted by other things that need to get done, or you get tired, sometimes, it is wrong color combinations, mixtures, or composition. I paint all of my paintings via, imagination/visualization, I try not to use photographs. When this happens you need to let it go and just move on, and come back … Continue reading WHEN A PAINTING GETS STUCK!

Sojourns Today in Oil Painting

Sojourns Today for myself covers my many skills and abilities, and the learning curve involved in them all. The mere act of blogging with WordPress for instance has vastly changed since I started in 2009 with “Heritage Basket Studio” when I was a basket weaver & seat weaver/chair caner, of course writing & photography are a major part now as it was then. WordPress and the way you make and edit post is what has changed dramatically, since I had to stop blogging in 2017, now it truly is like starting all over again. Just bear with me as I … Continue reading Sojourns Today in Oil Painting

Photographic Moments from the Past

In trying to get back into blogging, I have been trying to get back to carrying my camera with me all the time, alas life is still filled with good intentions! For myself it is so important with the price of gas steadily creeping upwards, that I try to make all of my trips worthwhile. when you live in rural America you learn from the start growing up that a lot of people live in smaller towns like satellites around larger towns/cities. While there is a grocery store & pharmacy, post office, banks etc. in my town, better sales and … Continue reading Photographic Moments from the Past

The Long Road Back

I am sure that anyone that finds this post, especially those that were kind enough to subscribe; have wondered what happened. For myself it has been a long journey of ups & downs. In November & December 2017 I suffered through 2 “DVT’s” (Deep Vein Thrombosis Strokes) one in each month of Nov/Dec 2017, followed three months later in March 2018 by a 1,300 blood sugar. Yes I lived to tell about it, something I am told by my doctors is rare, and with no apparent adverse reactions, except now I am off insulin. The strokes left me with a … Continue reading The Long Road Back