Painting of ocean water and rocks by Tom Wheeler

Recent Blog Posts

Posted: Apr 17, 2014

Yesterday I was priveleged to be able to give a painting demo to the Society of Washington Artists (SWA).  It was a lot of fun, and they had tons of questions.  There were about 35 artists in attendance.  A couple of them were wandering around shooting some photos, so I'm hoping I can get a photo to drop up here.  It was good to meet other artists in the Vancouver area. Lots of good feedback and a few of them asked me if I...

Posted: Mar 13, 2014

Recently I got an email from someone who described herself as a "very novice" artist.  She was inquiring about how I work, my painting methods and my process.  It's great to be asked these questions because I love to teach others & share..  but it definitely takes time to explain and teach how I paint.  I've been studying and painting for nearly 30 years now, so it's hard to sum up everything in an email.  But maybe I can start by posting some blogs and maybe even some videos for others...

Posted: Mar 03, 2014

Well I finally wrapped this one up.

A bend in the river, oil painting by Tom Wheeler

After seeing it sit half-finished on the easel for a couple months, and knowing that our local BGAA art show is coming up this month, I decided it was time to get back to work.  I had to get back into my self-...

Posted: Jan 15, 2014

I haven't painted in over a month.  Overall 2013 was probably my best and most productive year as an artist, I completed 9 paintings and sold 3.  And I'm even almost satisfied with the quality of some of the work!  But, the year ended by me accepting a big project from one of my website clients (I build websites for a living), and because of the scope and deadline involved it pretty much consumed me for a month and a half.  I had to put the brushes down.  

But you know, I realize...

Posted: Dec 06, 2013

I think because I've written about this in the past, people seem to find me on the web and ask more questions about it.  I should be clear, I don't actually do that much figurative work myself.. my interests (currently) are portraits - and if there are figures, I typically paint them with their clothes on. And of course I keep returning to my rivers and rocks..  I've started studying rocks in more depth, but that's another subject.

As an intellectual and spiritual question however,...