There’s no better feeling for an artist than completing a painting & finally seeing their visions come to life. When I begin a new work I’m never totally confident the finished piece will represent what’s in my mind’s eye, but as I’m nearing the finish line & know my efforts are a success, it’s such a rewarding feeling. And then it’s time to head for the finish line!


For some artists a painting is never done. When given an unlimited amount of time, I too am guilty of fussing over the details for days on end. But I’ve learned that more detail doesn’t always make a painting better, just more detailed. I love a detailed work of art as much as the next guy but once I’ve conveyed my intentions in my painting I’ve learned not to beat it to death with details that aren’t important to the finished work. Ultimately I want it to look like a painting not a photograph, but sometimes I just can’t resist the urge to go back in & add “just one more thing”.


The signing of a painting is a momentous occasion for an artist & marks the completion of the work. Although it’s celebrated only by the artist in the solitary confinement of their studio, it’s the artist’s seal of approval & a bit of reward for a job well done. Generally speaking, an artist’s signature doesn’t get noticed much. But over the years collectors of my work have commented on my signature style & I honestly don’t remember how or why I chose to sign my work the way I do, but it’s how I’ve signed it as far back as I can remember. Due to its configuration, some days it seems more difficult signing my name than creating the painting itself & I’m almost tempted to sign it with a simple “CC”. But then I hear the voices of those collectors who complimented me on my signature & I’m immediately grateful anyone even notices it.

the pièce de résistance

If my painting looks good upon completion, I know it’s going to look even better after I apply varnish. The photo above demonstrates how my painting looks before & after varnish is applied. The unvarnished surface has a matte finish while the varnished area is vibrant with color. Imagine a freshly sanded & stained hardwood floor, & then imagine what it looks like after a protective clear coating has been applied & brings the wood to life. That’s what varnish does for a painting, but more important, it protects it from environmental air born contaminants.

It’s always an exciting time for me when I get to this step because varnishing gives my paintings the richness & depth I envisioned at the start. Before I officially consider my paintings completed, they will receive at least two coats of varnish, adding years of protection & hopefully enjoyment to it’s new owner!

UP NEXT . . .

The 25 Days Of Minis is just 4 DAYS AWAY! All that’s left to do now is frame up my Minis & they’ll be ready to move on to the place they’ll call home. I hope you’ll continue to follow along as I move into the home stretch!

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As Thanksgiving approaches, I am grateful every day for the many wonderful friendships I’ve made through my art over the many years. I feel so fortunate for the opportunity to create & share my love of art with those I’ve had the privilege to meet along the way. Thank you so much for your support & friendship.

Warm Wishes for a safe & Happy Thanksgiving