Archives for February 2013

5 Ways to Hold A Brush

There are 5 ways to hold a brush, as far as I know.   Each hold allows for just the right pressure for your hand, based on the stroke/imprint you desire.  Now, what you can’t see in these pictures, is the rest of your arm.   The position of your elbow and shoulder along with your body […]


Quill is the feather of a goose or duck used as a ferrule to make fine decorative painting brushes.  The process of assembly is labor-intensive and done by hand.  Machines cannot produce this traditionally. They are preferred because the quill does not break the delicate hairs, as the edge of a metal ferrule sometimes does. […]

Degreasing an Oil Basecoat with Whiting

Degreasing an Oil Basecoat using Whiting. Supplies needed:  Whiting, water, green scrubby or rough brush When a reversible (beer glaze) or non-reversible (acrylic glaze) water-based glaze is applied over an oil basecoat, it can result in “beading,” whereby the basecoat repels the glaze, causing it to form small beadlike puddles on the surface. The more […]

Paint Thinner

Paint thinner or Mineral Spirits is a solvent for oil based paint.  There are many different grades and suppliers of this widely used product.  It seems like the prominent brand changes from state to state.  I always try to use a product in the mid to upper range of quality.  The cheaper formulas often have […]


Whiting is basically ground CHALK.  It is made of mostly calcium carbonate and mined in various parts of the world. Whiting is used in a wide variety of industries.  In the painting industry, it is used in most paint products as a thickener, in putty products, and as a polishing compound for glass, ceramics, and […]

Trompe l’oeil molding on Hamburg panel

Trompe l’oeil molding on Hamburg panel.  This is the 3rd of a 4- part series of a panel I did for the International event for decorative painters called SALON.  This particular gathering was in Hamburg, Germany and the theme was “the harbor”. After I figured out the profile I wanted to use, I drew the […]

Lambs Tongue

The lambs tongue is the perfect example of how all classical ornaments find their roots in nature. Whether flora or fauna in antiquity, the terminology of the ornamentations were determined by their physical appearance and copied. This example appears as it sounds in the shape of a lambs tongue. Lambs tongue in an architectural profile […]