Thursday, December 20, 2012

Crocker Art Museum Art Classes!

For anyone in the Sacramento California area, here are some wonderful art classes being offered at the Crocker Art Museum. If classes aren't your thing, the Crocker is a beautiful historic place to visit with some amazing art - Normal Rockwell's art is currently on display until February.
Register now for Winter Studio Art Classes!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Improving a 'Stuck' Painting

If any of you have ever wondered how you can correct, or get past an issue with a painting you've been working on, putting it aside for a while to get a fresh perspective is a great idea.  Here is a blog post with some wonderful tips in regards to this problem that all of us come across at some point in time!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Food Drive Donation!!!

Just sold the following painting off of my Etsy site. The BEST part is that the buyer will be donating it to a Food Drive fundraiser. Always super excited to hear that my art will help contribute to worthy causes!!!

The "Good Art Sells Itself" Myth

Here's a great post on various myths in regards to selling myths, gallery myths....all presented here and definitely worth thinking about!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Hello everyone, hope you are having a nice weekend! Today is Small Business Saturday - if you'd like to buy a piece of art, or think it would make a nice present for someone, check out my online store!

Thursday, November 8, 2012


VETERANS DAY SALE! Hi all, hope everyone is having a good week! Zazzle is having another sale, 15% - 50% savings on selected items NOW THRU MONDAY. Use savings code 50VETDAYSALE......I have some nice items for sale!

Regards - Steve

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

50% OFF SALE!!!

50% OFF SALE!! Hi everyone, I've placed some of my artwork on greeting cards, note cards, and postcards on my Zazzle site. These would make a great gift for someone, or you could use them yourself to send to people! This sale is valid NOW THRU SUNDAY! Thanks for checking it out!!! Regards - Steve

Monday, October 15, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sacramento Artists Council Fundraiser - Assisting Children in Need!

Very happy and excited to be part of helping The Sacramento Artists Council raise money for art programs that assist at-risk children, children of homeless families, and fund 'adopt a school' art programs for Sacramento Regional Schools!  Along with many other artists, I'll by showing my art at the 1st Annual Slider Cook-off and Beer Tasting Fundraiser on Saturday, September 29th, 2012.  Please come out and support this worthy and important cause! Here's more info:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

50% OFF all Greeting Cards!

Get 50% OFF all Greeting Cards on my Zazzle site NOW THRU SUNDAY!!! Use code: HCARDSAVINGS

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Greeting Cards - 50% OFF!

I've added 3 new products to my Zazzle site based on my new seascape is the time to buy Greeting Cards because they are 50% OFF NOW THRU SUNDAY!!! Use code: HCARDSAVINGS

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stormy Sea - Original Seascape Oil Painting 5x7

I greatly enjoyed working on this 5x7 oil painting entitled, "Stormy Sea"....loved the interplay of light and shadow.  Moonlight reflecting off the water can greatly aid in achieving a sense of drama.

For sale on my Etsy site for $150:

Friday, September 7, 2012

View From Lands End - Original Seascape Oil Painting 5x7

Hi all, here's another 5x7 painting I completed, "View From Lands End." This location is in the north-west section of San Francisco, looking out towards the Pacific Ocean...there is a great trail here for walking/running, and of course lots of AMAZING views!
Painting for sale on Etsy:

Friday, August 31, 2012

Carmel Coast - Original Seascape Oil Painting 5x7

Here is a typical scene in Carmel....a misty/foggy, mysterious setting along the coast. This painting was inspired by a photo I took while doing the 17 Mile Drive, and I thought it would make for an effective composition.  This painting was painted on a 5x7 primed linen canvas wood panel. It has also been varnished with a glossy finish.
For sale on my Etsy site:


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ocean Sunset - Original Seascape Oil Painting 5x7

Sunsets are incredibly beautiful, especially at the beach! I wanted to capture a purple/red sunset in this painting, along with a crashing wave. This painting was painted on a 5x7 primed linen canvas wood panel. It has also been varnished with a glossy finish.  I have it listed for sale on my Etsy site:

Monday, August 27, 2012

Moonlit Wave - Original Seascape Oil Painting 5x7

I recently have begun to paint seascapes, and I love scenes where the moon reflects off the water and creates a luminous feeling, especially in waves. This painting was painted on a 5x7 primed cotton canvas wood panel. It has also been varnished with a glossy finish. 
I have just posted it to my Etsy site where it can be purchased:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday the 13th SALE!!!!

Today is Friday the 13th...are you feeling lucky? You will if you buy something from my store! Another Zazzle deal today/this entire weekend in honor of Friday the 13th - 13.13% off EVERYTHING!!!! Use Code: THIRTEENDEAL

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Father's Day - Give a Gift of Art (FREE Shipping in the U.S.)

Still trying to figure out what to get Dad on Father's Day? How about some art - now with FREE shipping within the US! Original California landscape gouache paintings.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

IPhone Case Sale on Zazzle!

How would you like to pay 1/2 off for a NEW iPhone case!?! This is an early Father's Day sale on Zazzle, today and tomorrow only!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Memorial Day Sale!

Some great deals here - MEMORIAL DAY SALE!!! Anywhere from 20 - 60% off depending on which item you buy. Use code: MEMORIAL2012
Shop NOW thru next Tuesday:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Father's Day Sale!

Thinking about getting Dad a Father's Day gift? How about a California Landscape painting, or an abstract painting - now with FREE shipping! Check it out:

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Most recent painting "Moon Over Angel Island" completed...11x14 oil on canvas:

Saturday, April 21, 2012

EARTH DAY 22% off all orders on Zazzle this weekend. Why 22%? It's for April 22nd (AND 21st). Buy one of my products featuring my California landscape paintings, a perfect Earth Day gift - use code ZAZZLESALE22:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Zazzle 50% off sale this Weekend!

Zazzle is having another discount sale....50% off this entire weekend.... all postcards, cards, and invites....check out my store, I've got some very nice postcards!  Use code: FFHSFORCARDS

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Just Paint

 Here is a great resource for painting/color mixing, including a downloadable PDF:

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Art Show @ Starbucks March 10th and 11th

I'm excited to begin my 2-day art show at Starbucks, today and tomorrow (March 10th and 11th).  The exact location is 5539 H Street in East Sacramento.  On display, and for sale, will be reproductions of my paintings and a few originals.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Upcoming Art Show

I'm pleased to announce that I will be having an art show Saturday March 10th and Sunday March 11 at Starbucks, located at 65th and H Street in Sacramento.  I'll be displaying prints as well as a few originals.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Zazzle store open for business!

Do you happen to need a new iPhone or iPad cover?  Need postcards, or greeting cards?  Coffee mug?  Check out my new Zazzle can buy these products with my ART on them!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Zazzle - coming soon!

I'm excited to announce that I will soon be selling reproductions of my art on Zazzle!  What's really cool about this site is that I can sell my reproductions in the form of greeting cards, iPhone covers, designs on coffee mugs, etc.  Not sure what all I'm going to do exactly in regards to this, but I think I'll at least start with greeting cards.  More info to come soon!

Monday, February 13, 2012

'Lake Tahoe' sold!

I recently updated the prices on my California Landscape Gouache paintings, and as it turns out I just sold my 'Lake Tahoe' painting.  Very exciting to be able to sell my art, and to know that it will be appreciated by those who are acquiring it!  Thanks!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Mastering Color by Richard Robinson

I recently stumbled across Mastering Color by Richard Robinson in New Zealand, which is a great video painting course for any painting medium - oils, acrylic, watercolor etc - it's all about how to see color properly and translate it to canvas. It covers lots of in-depth material in a way that's really easy to understand. I totally recommend this for all painters who need better control of their color - and lets face it, most of us do! Here's the link to the website:

Oh, here's the chapter list too:

1. Color Theory
2. Seeing Color
3. Describing Color
4. Value
5. Mixing Color
6. Manipulating Color
7. Color Harmony
8. Light Effects

You can watch the first chapter for free on the site:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Getting noticed, as well as gaining exposure when selling your art

I recently read of an excellent idea in regards to getting some exposure for your art.  When you sell a piece of art, instead of taking it to the recipient's home or business (or having the buyer come to you to pick it up), arrange to meet the recipient in a public location, where many people will witness the transaction.  Showing the work to the recipient, discussing the piece a little, having the art/payment exchange hands all in the presence of a lot of people is bound to generate attention, and may very well cause curious people to approach you.  So, it's a good idea to have business cards, and a portfolio with you as well in case you generate this type of interest!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Painting Waterfalls

For anyone who would like to learn, or improve upon painting waterfalls, here's a great resource:

Johannes Vloothuis is a great instructor, and he has given live web-based instruction on other topics such as painting skyscapes, mountains, and how to paint from photographs.

New Etsy Shop

I'm very excited to have finished setting up my first Etsy shop.  It contains my paintings from a few years ago.  Check it out:

I also have about 40 abstract paintings that I am considering adding to my shop.  Setting up an Etsy shop was pretty easy, which is great!  I highly recommend it toanyone wanting to sell their art or handmade items!