First, I prime the canvas using either gesso or primer. I like Liquitex gesso or “Prime Lock” alkyd resin based primer by Insl-X. Even if the canvas is primed, I feel acrylic flows better if I prime it again, it also seals any remaining open pores. I like to thin the primer a bit with some water (so it applies smoother) and use a combination of roller and brush when applying. I let “impastos” (blobs of gesso/paint) form in order to create a bit of texture under the acrylic….due to the nature of my style, I always lie the canvas on its back to paint.


Second, I apply liquid acrylic that I mix with water, varnish and flow medium. I use different-sized spout bottles to pour the acrylic (it’s the closest I can get to the feel of drawing with my technical markers 🙂 the free flow of the acrylic provides some sort of freedom that a regular paintbrush just does not give me. I always try to leave myself working spaces between the drops of paint in order to apply the colors easily on my next step. Don’t worry about Sometimes I sketch, sometimes I just see where my hand and the paint take me to…risky, but either highly rewarding or terribly frustrating…practice makes perfect.This part requires from 12-24 hours to dry completely (depending on ventilation and humidity).

**Tip**   When I mix the acrylic with water and such, I make sure it’s consistence is more “pasty” than “liquid” so it doesn’t “run” off the canvas. It also provides a really cool texture that “rises” from the surface. The success of this part of the anatomy, for me, sets the tone for where the rest of the painting goes…cool black lines, cool painting 🙂


This next part sets up the color palette I will pursue in the painting. One thing I have to decide here is if I am going with a contrasting or a monochromatic piece, since I like to choose the acrylics I will use prior to starting. The reason is that if I just “wing it”, then too many colors are there to choose from and it can really become confusing…I like to make my life easy, this is supposed to be fun!

** Note ** I alternate the order in which I apply the black lines and the background, so I get a sense of variety. It also allows me to try new techniques and get different results. I hate monotony.

Black lines 1st / Background color 2nd : if I choose to go this route, then I can expect a longer process, since I will have to paint “around” the black lines. This is good AND bad. Good because it allows me to “clean” some lines that look warped or out of place. Bad because it is a bit more labor intensive and you can make more mistakes. To me the choice really depends on the size of the painting, for bigger ones (like the one on the pics, which was 7 feet tall by 4 feet wide) I prefer to go this way.

Background color 1st / Black lines 2nd : this route is a must for smaller paintings, I would go crazy trying to paint around thin black lines. This option also is a lot quicker and “safer”, since the background is already taken care of and the black lines just “drop in”. I didn’t start going the prior route until I mastered this one first.

** Tip **  – always make sure that your background color is not too dark, because it will compete with the black lines and make it hard to see them and this can affect your subject.


Now comes the fun part…The background color goes next! It is important that if you don’t have a detailed sketch of what you want to do, to visualize what it is you want to accomplish so you don’t become desperate when applying the colors…it should all just flow….during this part is when I just get lost inside my mind and time just doesn’t matter…I use this part to also “fix” any black lines that look funny or bother me. I try to create an homogeneous color palette to make my life easier, also, it provides a bit of uniformity to the otherwise chaotic subjects I create 🙂


Finally, I apply two (2) coats of varnish (if it’s canvas or paper) or acrylic lacquer (for wood and metal) to add shine and protect the painting.This makes all the difference in the world…

And here it is!!!

Who says your office has to be bland and dull? Give your work space a splash of color to make your day livelier and more productive!

According to Forbes’ magazine article “The Motivational Benefits Of Art In The Workplace”, research concludes art benefits the workplace by:

Boosting creativity – It can interest and inspire certain artistically oriented individuals who will find the artwork a pleasure to be around.

Helping reduce stress – The relaxing, contemplative aspects of art can help lower the stress levels of what we all recognize can be a high-stress setting.

Since being in an office all day working is bad enough, why not make it a little more enjoyable with some art?


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Working in My Studio

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Experimenting with Shapes & Color

Sometimes we need to break out of our own comfort zone…it is necessary for your development as an artist.

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Distinguished Gentleman

Distinguished Gentleman

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Painting my faces...

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Positive messages

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Red is such a powerful color

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Love shows in your Eyes

Look at Life with loving eyes…always see the positive side of every situation…

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