landscape art

Golden Hills

Golden Hills
36" x 60" Acrylic on canvas                   Sold

Beautiful San Dimas

There are some lovely golden hills in this Southern California town.

One day I took a walk to study subject matter for a new painting. I decided to feature a tree in brilliant red autumn foliage. A sign by the path warned that there was a mountain lion in the area. I didn't see one, but you might imagine a pair of golden eyes peeking from behind a nearby bush.

Painting Tip

Learn to make clean mixtures when you mix paint.

If you are working with acrylics and need an opaque color, mix one opaque color with one or two transparent colors. Opaque means you can't see through a layer of paint. Transparent means that you can see through it.

Try not to mix more than three colors in a mixture. More than that and your newly mixed color tends to get muddy. Opaque and transparent colors are labeled on the better brands of acrylic paint.

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Several years ago I heard Thomas Kinkade speak at the Pasadena Convention Center in Southern California.He told about his early struggles trying to succeed.

Thomas was so inspirational. He encouraged people to build strong families and he publically gave special recognition to the couples who had been married the longest. He also spoke about the inspiration for his work -- the Creator Himself!


"Art can show us ways
to lead a simpler, richer, more satisfying life."

Thomas Kinkade


Ps 65:12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

 Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever. Ps 68:16

The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. Ps 72:3

The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. Ps 80:10

The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.  Ps 97:5

Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together. Ps 98:8

The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies. Ps 104:18 

He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke. Ps 104:32

The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. Ps 114:4

Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs? Ps 114:6

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Ps 121:1


How to avoid design traps

Mix clean colors

How to choose brushes

Color and visual memory

Design secrets

Sculpt with light

Stage your paintings

Create excitement

Root out Design mistakes

Sizzle with  contrast

Soar with  abstract elements

Damaging errors