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I recently gave an oil painting workshop on Color in Augusta Ga for some really fine folks. 

We were working with the same paint, mediums, canvases, and photos and the students really liked the photos that I had chosen for the workshop. One of the things about working w...

This piece was commissioned by an old friend of mine for his daughter's wedding. Being a very special moment in their lives I decided to make a quick video of me painting it. Congratulations Troy!

So here we go!

January 17, 2019

"Yellow Cart" 14 x 18 Oil Painting By James Swanson

This blog was done for my Monday Night  Painting Class.

We started this painting in class and I'm in the studio today to put some finishing touches on it.

Take a look.

January 9, 2019

 This blog video is for my Monday Night painting class.

The video at the bottom of this blog shows how I examine a paintings progress and map out a strategy on where it needs to go. 

"The Way"  20"x16" Oil Painting

In the class we were able to block the whole painting in,...

November 12, 2018

One of the things that I'm known for in oil painting is my color.  Color doesn't come to me by accident. The colors are all planned out ahead of time on my palette. So when I paint, I paint! There's none of this brushing on a color and then stopping and mixing a new co...

November 2, 2018

One of the things that I'm known for in oil painting is my color.  Color doesn't come to me by accident. The colors are all planned out ahead of time on my palette. So when I paint, I paint! There's none of this brushing on a color and then stopping and mixing a new co...