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Oct 19, 2016

Rubberband Man...

Okay, this is so d*mn cool! 

Why have all the architects been hiding this trick from us painters?... (ha!)

I will have to try this during the winter when I am out painting a cityscape.



A video posted by reza asgaripour (@architectdrw) on

Aug 1, 2016

Facebook LIVE: Streaming an Impromptu Painting Session...

Hey there folks!

Last Friday I tried out a new feature called Facebook LIVE. It is a way to stream video directly from your smartphone to your FB page and I thought I'd give it a go. Since some of you may not visit my FB page regularly I thought I'd post the videos here as well. (The videos can be found below.)

The first video runs about 90 minutes, and is essentially a 'Talk 'n' Paint' demo. The second video is an impromptu Q & A session I decided to add on to share more information about what I was doing. This gave my viewers an opportunity to ask follow up questions.

This was an unscripted, raw, unedited, and undirected effort on my part. I really decided to do it at the last minute, ignorant of what all would be required. Basically, the narrative is little more than a stream of random thoughts which partially 'splain some of my quirky methods as I paint. I hope you find it of interest, and perhaps helpful, or at least mildly entertaining. The best part of any (free) online video is you only have to watch it until you become bored... (ha!)

Buddha in the Bushes
16 x 12 inches, oil on linen, 2017
en plein air
(price available on request)

And yes, I will be doing this again, perhaps soon. I was both surprised and gratified by how many of you folks actively tuned in and participated in the comments section. By the time we reached the end of the video I think there were close 1K viewers watching. Talk about Watch on Demand. Hmmm, maybe this Facebook LIVE thing will go somewhere after all, yes? (ha!)

I will announce any future LIVE streams a few days in advanced on my Facebook page so make a point of checking it out every now and then. I will also see if I can upscale the production values too...

Until then,


(In case the videos below don't work, here are the links to them on Facebook.)



Jun 23, 2016

Circles and Ellipses in Perspective...

Student enrollment is now open again for

AskAnArtist is an online mentoring program for painters who want a personalized, in-depth learning experience. AAA is also a great resource for artists who cannot travel. 

Enrollment will be capped at a roster of 20 students but will re-open periodically as needed.

For more information, visit

Here is a short excerpt from a recent hour-long session. Jacqueline and I have been working together for over twelve weeks now, preparing sketches for a major painting, and last week she asked how she could better set her water lilies into the picture plane. This little impromptu tutorial was my explanation...

If for some reason you have difficulty seeing this video click here...

Jun 3, 2016


Click Here to listen... (link will take you to

In this week’s episode of the PleinAir Podcast, Publisher Eric Rhoads interviews the outstanding painter Thomas Jefferson Kitts. Among several compelling topics, Kitts offers some sage advise for budding artists including starting small and setting time limits. Rhoads and Kitts also take some time to discuss the alchemy of paint and bygone traditions.

The podcast runs one hour and I hope you enjoy it!


Jun 2, 2016

Art and War...

From the US edition of The

An artist paints during Ukraine’s Maidan protests of 2014. Photograph: Adam Hinton

More here:

May 30, 2016

From Field to Studio with Marc Dalessio...

Here is a recent short time-lapse video of Marc Dalessio producing a large scale painting in the studio from a smaller field study...

This video presents some of Marc's process and underscores the need to make modifications that improve a composition. What? Why? Because sometimes Nature needs a little help.

From Marc:  
"Gammell (who taught Charles Cecil) would always say "err on the side of beauty". That's what I always think of when I make changes to nature."

(Posted with Marc's permission.)

Below is Marc painting his original outdoor study two years ago on Cape Good Hope, South Africa. He also sketched and photographed the site so he had multiple references at his disposal for his large painting.

Marc has an informative blog filled with helpful tips and a lot of his work and he is very generous with his knowledge.

You can check out his blog here:

And finally, here is a permalink to the original post, where Marc offers additional information about his painting:



May 23, 2016

"Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose": a Close Look at John Singer Sargent's Masterpiece...

John Singer Sargent
"Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" 1885-86
Oil on Canvas | 218.5 x 197 cm (86 x 77.5 inches)
Image courtesy of Tate

Don't dither, just click the link below and start reading...

And while you are at it, read this too...

And here is the painting writ large, in focus, and in decent color balance: