Author Archives: McKenzie Graham, Associate Editor

Painting Hair with Kevin Muente

I use a similar technique to paint hair and grass, but this demonstration is for hair. After I’ve decided on the shape of the head and have examined the overall dimensions (the width and the length), I feel ready to paint the area. Notice the line across the back of the...

For Love of Art and Artists

Running a family business is a challenge that is never completely met. When I began Jack Richeson and Co., Inc. over 30 years ago, I never imagined that one day this business, in an industry I love, would be able to provide an income not only for 8 family members, but...

Painting in Layers for a Complex Scene

For Abandoned Row Houses, Richmond, Virginia, I started in the top corner of the central roof, with the green “trash” trees and vines, the delicate Prussian blue sky, and the rich brick-red of the buildings. This trio established the whole key of the painting. The tops of the buildings have an...

Scott Bartner's demo

Working Up From a Grisaille

For my surface I used Belgian portrait linen mounted on a panel, which gave me the best of two worlds: the tooth of the linen and the solidity of a panel. I prepared this surface with several layers of lead white so that the weave was barely noticeable. The color of...