Your Painting Questions Answered-Part 2

Your Painting Questions Answered-Part 2

Part 2 of the series. I get asked a lot of the same questions all the time by students, friends and other artists or creative types. The answers are typically spread across more than 150 videos on my website and Youtube. In an effort to simply the search for the answers, I thought I would put answers to the most common questions ins a series of videos.

Q: What is in your spray bottle?

A: I use water in the spray bottle.

Q: Why do you use a spray bottle?

A: I use natural bristle brushes that do not respond well after getting wet, so dunking them in a water bucket is not an option for me. I use the spray bottle instead to put water on the surface of my substrate to assist me in moving the heavy body paint around on the surface.

Q: Do you frame your paintings?

A: No.

Q: Why do you paint on paper?

A: It’s fun to paint on paper. I usually paint on canvas, but I sometimes paint on paper. The advantages are: easier for me to ship when I travel to teach; takes up less storage room in the studio; cheaper to paint on than canvas.

Q: Are you inspired by other painters?

A: Sure, like most other artists I have a list of folks, both present and past, that I look up to. My list is fairly short: Present: Wolf Kahn, Brian Rutenberg, Jonas Gerard. Past: Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pissarro, Cezanne. No real surprises here. I typically stay in my little bubble and do my own thing.

I hope this helps shed some light on questions you may have. If you have others that I have not addressed, please leave them in the comments section and I’ll address them in another video. Thanks.

If you'd like to learn about abstract painting, then please join me for a painting workshop: (You can view a list of 2019-2020 workshops HERE)

  • October 4-6 Arts and Design Society, Fort Walton Beach, FL. For more information and registration contact Hanna at

  • October 14-16 Sharon Serrago Studio, Richardson, TX. For information and registration Click Here.

  • October 24-26 Arizona Art Supply, Phoenix, AZ. For information and registration Click Here.

  • November 4-6 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and Registration Click Here. Sold Out!

  • November 16-17 Art of the Carolinas, Raleigh, NC-Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama. For information and registration Click Here.

  • January 9-11, 2020 Arts Alliance of Lee County, Ft. Myers, FL. For information and registration contact Brandi Couse. Email:

  • January 22-24, 2020 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and registration, Click Here. Only 3 Seats Left!

As always, thanks for your support!


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