Tag: Flower Paintings

Sunflower – Follow the Painting Process


Sunflower V Square © Jacobson



Yellow Background


Are you wondering how I do it? What’s the process that I use to get from  A to  Z? 

THE PROCESS in Steps 1 thru 7
  1. Paint Sunflower into the Background image
  2. Add more petals and lines
  3. Add additional lines  – looking for the feeling of motion
  4. Remove some lines – too much activity
  5. Remove much of the Blue color – found center distracting
  6. Strengthened Yellow on Petals
  7. Crop image for a more dramatic composition. Repainted center seeds to strengthen focal area.



There it is… the process I used. Paint, change, add, take away and paint some more. In the end, I always look for a better composition.
I’m really looking forward to hearing your comments and questions.

How to setup a street fair booth

COD Street Fair Booth - 8:20 AM

COD Street Fair Booth – 8:20 AM

Walk with me through the process and click any picture to see it enlarged. 

Today I documented that event with photos and a timeline. We awake at 3:40 AM every Saturday and Sunday, and at 5:15 AM leave for the street fair in our fully packed van. It has to hold all of the artwork, canopies, tables, grids, generator, fans, chairs and last but not least, food for munching. There are 340 vendors, some arriving as early as 3 AM.
5:41 AM:  Arrival in Lot 2, Space 75 at the College of the Desert parking lot, Palm Desert, CA., and it’s dark! Truck is parked, where it will stay all day.
 5:54 AM: Steel grids and boxes unloaded from back of truck.
5:56 AM: Table with greeting cards and small framed artwork is setup. Carton with canvas prints unloaded against front of truck.
6:11 AM: Grid walls being assembled. We have 2 helpers who unload all the steel and boxes from the truck. On a day when we’re really tired, they help us setup the steel grid.
6:26 AM: Daybreak. We actually can begin to see what we’re doing. That always helps.
6:39 AM: Some canvases stacked, and vendor neighbor arrives.

7:22 AM: All grid assembled, signs hung.
8:19 AM: Hanging complete. Backdrops hung and the gallery is ready.
8:20 AM: View of left side of gallery.
12:01 PM: Packing up and ready to refill the truck. Everything must be out by 5PM. We do the same process every Saturday and Sunday. Nothing can be left overnight.
12:22 PM: THE END. It is Sept 20th, and over 105o   



October 1 thru May 30, the street fair is open from 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Those are the cooler months. In winter, we need gloves and sheepskin boots to setup; in summer, shorts and tanktops. We love the street fair, the people we meet, and the collectors who return yearly. The community of vendors are our weekend family and a good time is had by all. I should mention that I could not do any of this without the physical work and help from my pal, Al. He makes it easy for this happy artist.  

If you’re vacationing in the Palm Springs,CA area, the fair is a wonderful place to spend a day. There’s nothing like it anywhere else. Approximately 15,000 to 20,000 people visit the street fair everyweekend during the tourist season. Vacations are planned around visiting the COD Street Fair. And don’t forget to stop by Lot 2, Booth #75, for a hug from the hugging artist.

If you’re in the area, the other street fair to visit is on Thursday night in downtown Palm Springs. It’s called Villagefest. I no longer show there (too much work for older folks, and yes I’m older) but it’s a great Thursday night happening. This is my public service announcement about the benefits of visiting the Palm Springs CA area. I hope to see you soon.


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Painting Demo – The Rose


White Rose with Bud ©2009 Jacobson.
White Rose with Bud ©2009 Jacobson.




Today I am working in my ultimate digital art studio

This is an oil painting demo using the Wacom® Cintique touch/pressure sensitive monitor and Corel® Painter 11.

Painter 11 digital painting software is the most advanced painting and natural media tool available today.  

I use no formula when painting, and I honestly think that I never use the same process twice.

For me, this is an event, a challenge and an exploration.

Join me in the journey



 Step 1

This rose photograph (one of hudreds that I took at Huntington Gardens)

is my inspiration piece for an oil painting in a square format.



Inspiration Reference Photo
Inspiration Reference Photo




Step 2

I’ve painted the canvas a solid green color.

Plain white is way too scary because I would never want to get it dirty. (OK that’s a joke)



Solid Green Background
Solid Green Background


Step 3

Now I explore the shape and movement of the rose with a gestural drawing.

This is how I become familiar with my model. I am not trying to duplicate the reference piece.

I do this warmup step with every new piece. The canvas is marked and I’m no longer intimitated.

It can only get better after this stage. (I hope!)


Block in drawing
Block in drawing



Step 4

This is my mess around with paint stage. I begin with oil paints, and apply them very thinly.

I move around the piece very fast, never staying in the same spot for long

and use a variety of brush sizes, strokes, and colors.

This is not a planned process and I guess you would say that my moves and choices

are strictly by intuition.

I love this block-in part of the process. It is absolutely freeing.

 Here you see the start, closeup and finish of the block-in stage.  


Beginning oil paint block in
Beginning oil paint block in



Block-in detail
Block-in detail


Block-in complete
Block-in complete


Step 5 

OK, I now have a mess on my hands and it’s just where I want it. 

I begin to use heavier paint, and look to add some details to the shapes within the flower.

I use my inspiration piece for reference of those shapes. 


This closeup shows the lack of details at this stage.


Beginning of details
Beginning of details


Step 6 

It’s time to use opaque paints and to really describe the edge of each element in the piece. 

The flower starts to take form, because it’s these edge details that describe the forms, and makes the flower come alive.

Closeup shows the smooth and defined shape of each petal.

Edge details - thick paint
Edge details – thick paint


Step 7

 I work into the background with color, textures and details,

and once again refine edges in order to make the flower come forward.



Details and textures in background
Details and textures in background


Detail Background & Edges
Detail Background & Edges


Step 8


It’s complete.

I sign it and actually compare my finished piece with my original inspiration piece.

If I’m satisfied, it lives.

If I’m not satisfied, it’s destined for the dumpster.

The joy is in the doing, so if it’s what I want, I’m happy. 

If it’s not… then I’ve definitely learned something for the next piece.



Completed Painting - White Rose with Bud
Completed Painting – White Rose with Bud


Comparison - Painting to Inspiration
Comparison – Painting to Inspiration


I’d love to hear from you.

Tell me what you think about today’s demo,

and what questions you’d like answered.

Let’s do this together.

Thanks for taking your time to watch me have fun.