Monday, February 19, 2018

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Now Available
The class explores oil techniques and art philosophy in a comfortable environment. Located in Titus' private studio on the top floor of Citizens Artist Warehouse building. Free parking. Class size is small and limited.

Accepting enrollment now and you can jump in at any time.

Class Description: Oil Painting and Art Fundamentals
Where: Citizens Artist Warehouse, 44 W 6th St 85705 
             (NE corner of 6th St/9th Ave)

Time: Thursdays, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Fee: $135

For students who are intermediate-advanced skill level.  You may join-in at any time.

To enroll, please email direct:


Color and Value

When learning about color you need to be concerned with how value affects color. 
When mixing:

1.What color is the object ? (red, green, blue or orange, etc) 

2. How much value (gray) is in that color?

color + value = the color of the object

How does value affect color

Tone is used to lighten or darken a color and to make it less colorful, or, less intense. Keep in mind that each individual color is naturally lighter or darker as it comes out of the tube. For instance, cadmium red is darker than cadmium yellow. The value gray used will be determined by how light or dark the color. If you don't want to lighten or darken the color and only want to subdue (make less intense), then you can mix a gray that is the same value as the color. This will subdue the color without affecting its value. 

Tone refers to the gray within a color. 
Tone is gray (made-up of white and black).    

tint (white) + shade (black) = tone (gray)
(tone, or gray, is just another word for value)

(white + black = gray)

The basics to understanding color is that simple! Don't make it more complicated.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Portrait process

Class painting demonstration by Titus Castanza – explaining how to go about building a portrait.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Low key painting–5 value

You can flip through the images by clicking on the first image then using the scroll button on your mouse to witness the building of the image!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Today's Class Demo

Today's lesson was about how to create washes and transparent paint...and, knowing the difference between the two.

Washes are done at the very beginning by diluting the oil paint with turpentine; this is done to tone the white of the canvas or to establish a loose drawing. Typically, you can use "transparent paints" or "opaque paints" to do this. This stage is nearly identical and feels just like using watercolors–instead of water, we are using turpentine. It may help to know that turpentine degrades the paint, it breaks down the paint. This will leave the paint looking flat or "sunken" after it is dry because turps strip the paint of its luster and integrity. Turps will also cause cracking over time if the paint is applied any thicker than a wash. Linseed oil doesn't do this; linseed oil gives the paint elasticity and gloss (or semi-gloss). 

For applying transparent paint, transparent paints can be applied anytime during the painting process and is typically used with linseed oil or stand oil (thickened linseed oil). You may also use Liquin Original by Windsor & Newton. If any turpentine is used at this point, it would be in very modest amounts and only in addition to linseed oil (as if to slightly thin the oil). Too much turpentine in the mix and it will reactivate the previously applied layer of paint or wash. The previous layer must be dry, or "sticky", before a transparent layer can be applied.

Transparent paint can be applied thin, semi-thick or thick–unlike a wash. The key to applying transparent paint is to use only the transparent colors; such as, Viridian, Alizarin, Transparent Brown Oxide, Indian Yellow, etc. Know which paints are transparent and which ones that are not! Cadmium colors are not transparent, for example. Also to further complicate matters, know which paints are semi-transparent and semi-opaque. You should know every color in your box and whether it is opaque, transparent, semi-transparent or semi-opaque. Many manufacturers list this information on the paint tube. If not, then go to the manufacturers website and look it up.

Please post any questions you may have so that I may post the answers for everyone to see. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Here's a great drawing by Be!

The emotion! The energy! Viola! Magnifico!

Just look how awesome this drawing is! I would just be repeating myself if I said that I continue to be inspired by my students.