LIVE! Rainier Cherries and Blue Glass & Why it’s Good to let a Painting sit on your Easel all Week

Hi friends! I have been putting a lot more time in preparing for my weekly live streams and this week I got some prep time in on Tuesday. After the initial painting was “done” I set it on the easel in my office where I would walk by it several times a day. I also left my supplies out so I could add a touch here or there if I thought of an improvement. Let me tell you it’s a great way to work!


Tuesday night when I thought my painting looked done I asked my family what they thought of it…

“It’s pretty but the background is ‘meh”~Maizy

“Nice basket of apples” ~Jackson

“Are those peaches?” ~Jason

Clearly there was work to be done. I added colored pencils to punch up the color and detail and added pastel to make the woodgrain in the background and add the sun dappled texture and light in the background. I also added some yellow pastel over the cherries to smooth out some unwanted texture on the skin.  I wish I took a photo of it when it was just watercolor but you will see that stage in today’s livestream. Before I liked the painting and now I love it! My family approves too! You can watch the live broadcast or reply in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live be sure to watch at 12:30pm ET today on the YouTube watch page.

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I really love mixing my media but if you prefer to keep this as a watercolor only painting you totally can. The only thing you will want to do is watch your white areas, You can use masking fluid for sharp highlights and blot out paint when it is still wet to preserve the white of the paper.  I will be painting this as a watercolor and then adding on, you can choose to add more glazes with watercolor or bring in colored pencil and pastel. Make it yours! I’ll see you for the live stream today at 12:30pm Eastern Time and til then Happy crafting!


Let’s Paint Cherries in Oils!

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to paint this:


I am using Geneva Oil Colors for the first time. They are rich and creamy and loaded with color. Best of all their line of colors is only 6 colors and really you only need 5 (you know how I feel about black.) I often would get in trouble painting with oils because some paints were stiffer and I would end up with too much paint on my brush or canvas and I would have to keep removing paint and wasting time. Watch the tutorial to see how I uses a small amout of paint to sculpt and blend this scene. Afterwards I hope you try it too!

8″x10″ canvas
A variety of bristle and nylon brushes
Geneva oil colors: Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow, French Ultramarine, Titanium White, Rosso Corsa
Palette for putting paint on
Reference Photo by Lee Pierce at Paint My Photo

Tip! Use a plate or template to trace a perfect circle for the plate!


I can’t wait to use these paints again. I feel like I need to do less reworking because I don’t have to deal with inconsistent viscosity between colors and since they all dry at the same rate I can create a painting over a couple of days rather than all at once. If you are looking to invest in superb oil paints give Geneva a try! I will tell you I think it is a better deal to get the colors individually rather than the set and to skip the black (get an extra white instead) unless you really like to use a lot of black. To clean my brushes I wiped them off on a paper towel and washed them in soap and water, you can avoid solvents completely this way but honestly, next time I’d swish them in my thinner jar before washing to save my self a few minutes LOL! Just make sure to let them dry out before using them again. If you will be working on the painting the next day you can just load them with paint and leave them (for up to a week actually) and they will be fine. If you enjoyed this tutorial please share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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