The Painting of "Liquid Effects 2"

The Painting of "Liquid Effects 2"

This painting was done as a commission for a great collector. It is unusual in that it was painted on raw canvas, rather than canvas covered with primer (gesso). 

Painting on raw canvas is similar to painting with watercolor on paper. The raw canvas soaks up the paint much like watercolor paper absorbs the watercolor into the threads of the paper. When the canvas is primed with gesso, the paint sits on top of the canvas allowing the paint to be moved around. On raw canvas more decisiveness is required so keep the freshness of the painting.

If you've never painted on raw canvas, give it a try and let me know in the comments what you think about it, and how it worked for you.

If you'd like to learn to paint with spontaneity and freshness, check out my list of upcoming workshops: (You can view a list of 2018 workshops HERE)

  • November 2-4, 2017 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. To register contact David at or 336-418-3038. This is an Advanced Workshop focusing on developing a series of paintings.
  • November 7-9, 2017 Spring Island, SC. To register contact Pam Brickell by email: or phone: 843-987-3403.
  • November 11-12, 2017 Art of the Carolinas, sponsored by Jerry's Artarama, Raleigh, NC. Go to: to register.
  • November 17-19, 2017 Donna Downey Studios, Huntersville, NC. To register contact Bill Downey: or visit the website:

As always, thanks so much for your support! 


P.S. If you cannot attend a live event, or prefer to learn online in the comfort of your home or studio, Abstract Painting Academy is my online workshop:

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Abstract Painting Academy is the next best thing to a live workshop. You can learn more about the program by Clicking HERE. 

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