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Vanishing point

I was painting in mt gallery today, which is not often, and a couple of ladies were watching when one asked me if my gable roof lines were off.

I was painting like roof lines in #2 and they felt they should be as referenced in #1.

Once I showed them that #1 had no vanishing point Like #2 they were happy and continued their tour of the town.

Just a small tip and hope she works for you.…


Added by Jim Moyer on April 2, 2014 at 4:00 — No Comments

My definition of PLEIN air

Here is my definition of PLEIN air painting..:) :) :)

PLEIN P = poor weather L = live bugs E = even lighting – sure I = insufficient facilities – no restrooms N = nonsense -  what am I doing here

I would like to hear your definition?

Added by Jim Moyer on January 14, 2013 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

Abstract in oil

Fresh of the easel. An abstract in blue on a 18x24 canvas. Thanks for looking. Jim

Added by Jim Moyer on November 26, 2012 at 11:41 — No Comments

Zebra painting demo

I have a painting demo on my blog. of Zebras and their reflections at a waterhole.This painting is on a 16x20 canvas and has been quite an experience so far.

Added by Jim Moyer on November 15, 2012 at 6:39 — No Comments


I just finished this oil painting and my first attempt at reflection and though it is quite a challenge the effort was a great learning tool and will defiantly do more. Thanks for looking.…


Added by Jim Moyer on October 30, 2012 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Manipulating reference photos

A couple of weeks back I took a photo editing class and this opened up a brand new way to work with my reference photos. 

As you can see one of the many things I learned was the ability to take an elephant from a standing position in this photo of the elephant (The white areas) to a walking position giving the painting much more…


Added by Jim Moyer on October 24, 2012 at 4:30 — No Comments

What color is it

What color is it, When I start a new painting from a photo, especially my still life projects,  I generally get the temperature by using Irfan View (always free) photo editor  I crop an area to see what my colors are going to be by creating a white area within the photo. Now with the color picker I click on areas of the photo and using a…


Added by Jim Moyer on October 21, 2012 at 2:00 — 2 Comments

Photo editing class today August 28

Click on this link Photo editing for artists for some neat tips and tricks for artists that work from photos.

Only six hours away for me. Yea

Added by Jim Moyer on August 29, 2012 at 2:08 — No Comments

A new class on Photo Editing For Artists; is coming later this month  I am real  excited to see something like this for 9 bucks. See you there All the editing tools they will be using in the class ar…

A new class on Photo Editing For Artists; is coming later this month  I am real  excited to see something like this for 9 bucks. See you there

All the editing tools they will be using in the class are available in all the the major photo…


Added by Jim Moyer on August 16, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Yellow Rose

This is a 6X6 painting of one of my roses in full bloom. I put this one up for auction yesterday.Something I normally don't do so anxious to see the results.

Added by Jim Moyer on August 4, 2012 at 3:02 — No Comments

Taking photos

My one on one photo learning trip was a long one. It is a 100 mile round trip when I have to go to the big city. I learned my approach to taking the photos is right on and the camera, a sony cyber-shot,  is OK. It is my computer skills that are my problem. So working on that today. I found this site to be helpful. http://www.betterphoto.com/exploring/shootingPaintings/6DigitalFix.asp

Added by Jim Moyer on July 17, 2012 at 0:12 — No Comments

What complement should you choose?

Ever have trouble figuring the complement color you should use to create color harmony in your paintings Here is a simple solution.

I painted this piece of yellowish orange cloth and wanted to know what would work best in the shadows of the folds. So I painted a swatch of that color on a piece of matt board and placed a black dot in the center. Next to the swatch I placed a black dot.

I stared at the dot intensely in the color swatch for 20 seconds or longer and then stared at…


Added by Jim Moyer on June 2, 2012 at 7:34 — 6 Comments

A great plein air day

Today is the day. Spring is here and my Rhino is full of gas. I have been experimenting with a new plein air pallet this winter and anxious to give it a go.  

My three primaries are Ultramarine Blue, Brown Madder and Cad Yellow Light. I have 2 kicker colors in the kit of Thalo Green and Vermilion Light.

 The reason I choose these colors is everything in my immediate environment is forest and the town architecture is predominantly old wood and rusty tin roofs. Pretty mid to dark…


Added by Jim Moyer on May 29, 2012 at 2:10 — No Comments

Exciting day

We have A world class event finishing here today in tiny Idaho City, 3 Id women cyclist are trying out for London Olympics in the Exergy Tour 3rd leg. Should be exciting to watch as they come around the corner in front of my Art  Gallery It is raining hard and the street is wet so hope no one goes down as they execute the turn off the highway. These gals may be tiny but they are tough. 

Added by Jim Moyer on May 28, 2012 at 0:28 — No Comments

How I mix my greens for evergreen trees

I am occasionally asked, and I have asked, from other forums and blogs how to paint greens.

This is how I  paint my evergreen trees. That is about all I have to paint in plein air within a 50 plus mile radius of my home base. So I have painted a few.

Well here is my family secret formula and why it works.

The base color is just Ultramarine Blue and Grumbacher Raw Sienna. Since UB is a reddish blue and RS is a reddish yellow there is enough red in the mix to gray the…


Added by Jim Moyer on May 21, 2012 at 1:01 — 2 Comments

A plein air adventure

Woke up to a beautiful spring day and an early breakfast yesterday. So I loaded up my Rhino with paint gear, an over kill for sure. Packed bags like a woman going for a half day trip. No offense ladies but you need to know my significant other to understand.

The advantage of living in the mountains having 5000 miles of roads and trails surrounding  a town smaller than a shopping mall is there is no need to trailer your off road vehicles.

So my adventure began. I took trails…


Added by Jim Moyer on May 4, 2012 at 1:35 — No Comments

My 6 color pallet

This 6 color pallet consists of like family colors. EX; green yellow and green blue, red yellow and yellow red along with red blue and  blue red. When like family colors mixed with each other give a purer secondary colors as the arrows indicate.   However when mixed with a non-family color the color is grayed. EX: ultramarine blue mixed with either yellow is a grayed green.  This method of mixing continues to react this way all around the pallet.

Not shown is mix the two blues, the…


Added by Jim Moyer on April 18, 2012 at 1:29 — No Comments



This is how I teach the 1/3rd composition.  Once it is understood the students will go right to the spot they want without drawing a bunch of lines on their canvas.  They say “A” is the prime spot  with b ,c and “D” are  the lesser…


Added by Jim Moyer on February 13, 2012 at 4:35 — 6 Comments

Center your subject in the painting



Added by Jim Moyer on February 12, 2012 at 3:30 — 5 Comments

new western art painting

This is a recent studio piece of my friends and I when we use to do a lot of horse back riding.

It is available at



Added by Jim Moyer on December 20, 2011 at 4:00 — No Comments


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