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Finally done with my entry for the St. Augustine Art Association Members Art Show. Whew, that was a mouthful!  Anyway, I took pictures as I progressed through the painting because I wanted to use it as a teaching tool.
     This is a 16x20 painting done in acrylics.  It is of a big tourist spot in St. Augustine.  A beautiful old home with a famous and very beautiful gate entry.  I was out taking pictures one day, and snapped a photo of the home and gate.  As I turned to leave, I heard the clip-clop of a horse and buggy coming so I turned around to snap a pic of the buggy.  When I was deciding what to paint for the art show, I went with the house and the buggy.
     When painting, depth of field is very important, especially in landscape painting.  This can only be truly and effectively achieved by under painting in a dark color.  I didn't think to show this painting at the beginning, but better late than never, right?  So in the first photo here the top half is well on its wa…
Greetings!  I went to an art show Last week and sold 3 paintings!  Lots of fun and very productive!  Now, I am busy painting again. There is an art show for members only at the St. Augustine Art association and I want to enter 2 paintings.  One is ready the other still being finished.  the first is "The Sentinel" of Long Key State Park, FL, a 9x12  acrylic showing a dramatic cloud formation at sunset with, of course the lone Mangrove tree that is the sentinel. (pictured below)
My daughter took a photo of this sunset while we were camping there last year and it was begging to be painted.  This is my second painting of this subject but with a slightly different perspective.  The other one sold and the photo is on my gallery page.  I painted the atmosphere differently.  You can see when you compare them how a painting can change completely just by varying the colors and details slightly. I will post the other painting when it is done.  I have to submit them by March30, so …
First, and FOREMOST: You MUST use gesso, gesso, and MORE gesso!  By that, I mean you coat your canvas AT LEAST three times with gesso, letting it dry between coats.  This is true even if you have purchased a "precoated" canvas, one that has already been coated with gesso. This is easiest if you use a Hake brush. (usually a 2" flat goat hair brush) I have an older one I use. You can use any brand of gesso for this.*  The triple coating of gesso makes your canvas smoother and allows the paint to sit on top smoothly instead of sinking into the "teeth" of the canvas.  You've seen this and maybe haven't noticed it before, but it looks like the artist skimped on paint, trying to use as little as possible, and the painting suffers as a result.

     Triple coating the canvas with gesso allows the brush strokes to be seen and also allows the colors to shine!  Which means of course that we as the artist will SHINE!!!

     I will take a day and coat as man…