Trompe l’oeil ornament

Here is the finished painting of the trompe l’oeil ornament piece I completed at Salon in St. Petersberg, Russia.   I was asked to do a live demonstration about a large scale ceiling ornament that is meant to be looked at from a fair distance. The scale of the ornament accentuates the shadows and highlights to be more legible. […]

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli-Tutorial This faux lapis lazuli panel was completed for a specific client.  Lapis lazuli is a deep blue semi-precious stone (not a marble). Most lapis lazuli contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue), and pyrite (metallic yellow).  Since the stones do not come in boulder sizes (the largest sizes rarely exceed 12 sq. ft.), a larger panel like this needs […]

Lettering Samina

This flat-tip, lettering samina has proved to be the softest hair that still ‘springs’ into action, for water mediums. It’s square tip allows for starting and stopping each letter/line with a traditional right angle. Using your pinkie as a guide, create controlled ‘thin-thick-thin’ strokes, evenly every time. This brush is a must have for sign […]