Friday, August 12, 2011


This is an oil painting of a very beautiful sort of orchid. It is 16" x 20" painted in oil on linen. I used my glazing method for this, for which I first paint a finished, detailed grisaille underpainting, following it with many, very thin glazes of colored paint. I call it "Lucid Lavender".

This painting just received a "People's Choice" Award at the Arizona State Fair 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


This is a 16" x 20" oil on canvas painting that I used as a demonstration subject for the oil painting class that I teach at a local recreation center. In my class, I furnish each student with photos of the same subject, and I work from the same photo, as I demonstrate for them, as each of them work on his/her own painting.

I call this one "Living Desert".

Monday, June 13, 2011

September Song

I was inspired to do this painting when I saw these lilies in the first stage of wilting, and so I chose to call it, "September Song". This is 11" x 14", oil on canvas.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Review of Lefranc & Bourgeois Extra-Fine Oil Color Mediums

Originally submitted at Jerry's Artarama Art Supplies

Lefranc & Bourgeois Essence d'Aspic

One of my most important products
By Bill from Glendale, AZ on 6/9/2011

5out of 5

Pros: Glides Smoothly

Describe Yourself: Artist

Primary use: Personal

Was this a gift?: No

I use LeFranc & Bourgeois Oil Of Spike (Essence d'Aspic) as the solvent ingredient in my oil painting medium. Combined with Linseed and Walnut Oils, and Venice Turpentine, it creates one of the most useful glazing mediums I've ever used. The Oil Of Spike is slower drying, and it imparts a slippery consistency to the medium, as well as being a bit more aggressive a solvent than even Turpentine. I have enjoyed using this product for years, and I definitely wish to see it be continued to be offered at your very reasonable price.

Using Oil Of Spike Lavender as medium ingredient


Tags: Made with Product


Friday, April 8, 2011


This is one of my recent paintings. This is an iris which I have titled, "Golden Girl". It is oil on canvas, painted with my glazing technique, which involves a gray underpainting with many color glazes applied over it. With this painting, I received an "Artist of the Year" at our local art club, the Peoria Fine Arts Association. Shortly after, this painting received an "Honorable Mention" at the Arizona State Fair, 2011, and just recently, at the Glendale Art Competition, 2012, it received a "First Place In Oil", and it was sold at this last show.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Steps in Creating "Fleeting Beauty"

The first step of my process is to paint a detailed grisaille (gray) underpainting, over which I then apply layer upon layer of very thin, color glazes of oil paint.

The process of glazing is a simple one, once learned, and it offers the painter the opportunity to deal with one of the three dimensions of color--value-- independently of the other two dimensions, hue and chroma. Doing this allows me to work upon different aspects of a painting as separate units of concentration, and it becomes a very predictable, and enjoyable method of painting.