Water Is The Master In A Watercolor Painting

Dick Crispo watercolor painting

If the water doesn’t flow, the colors won’t flow I first learned to paint in watercolor when I took an Asian art course in Sumi painting from Horseshoe, North Carolina. Because of the Asian art approach to watercolor, I found myself loving to draw with a brush. And that’s what Sumi is: drawing with the […]

The Impact of Color In My Abstract Expressionistic Art

watercolor art Dick Crispo

My View on Color   In my art, I don’t separate the line and the color. I separate the color in the line.  It’s a different kind of thing because the line that comes out usually comes out of me first. It’s that initial flow, it’s the one I’m going to stay with. As for […]

The Drawing Underneath The Images

pencil and watercolor artwork by Dick Crispo

The Flow of Lines and Rhythmic Drawing   I have always considered myself a maker of images. Yes, I am known as an artist and a painter. I am most definitely creative. But at the end of the day, what I make are images. In my image-making, the most important thing is the drawings underneath […]

Drawing is the Backbone of My Art

drawing aqua graphite Dick Crispo

Black: The Defining Color For me, drawing is the backbone of art. I don’t care what’s happening in my life. I have to draw. I don’t care if I’m in the middle of the desert lost somewhere. I’ll find some way to draw in the sand. I just have to draw and I have to […]

Rhythmic Order

rhythmic painting

An Interaction of Colors Creating the Mood Revealing the Psychology of the Face I am creating smaller versions of the 30″ x40″ paintings with these paintings.) However, this time, these are just a single head. However, I’m still focusing on these paintings’ psychological and mental aspects.  I’m still using fluid acrylics. The black colors are […]

Conversations in the Night – 2023 Art Calendar

A Preview of My Upcoming 2023 Calendar I’m very excited to announce I will be producing a 2023 art calendar. Here are some preview photos of the calendar itself. These are photographs of the proof from the printer. The calendar will feature 12 paintings which I have been working on in the last few months. […]

The Black Line Tells the Story

acrylic painting by Dick Crispo

And Adding Dimension To The Flat Acrylic Colors What I am doing in this last painting in the series, not the last of the series, but the last painting in the series is reaching more for the Byzantine sense of space. That’s a shallow space that’s really has some shadows to it and some un-shadows […]

Mini Murals

mini mural art by Dick Crispo

Black: The Defining Color I want to talk about these 30″ x 40″ paintings on Strathmore 500 illustration board. It’s the type of Strathmore illustration board with its official stamp, marking it as the highest quality paper available. The other part is that I will discuss using the liquid acrylics, the fluid acrylics, and a […]

Heroic Proportions

Heroic Proportions painting

Larger than life: A studio painting that feels like an epic poem For this painting, I start off the drawing using heroic proportions, that is what I do in a mural, which is larger than life proportions. If you stretched your fingers out of your hand, you’d get the usual typical proportions of the hand […]

Asian Brush Painting Demonstration

How I Use Some of My Favorite Brushes to Create Asian Calligraphy Inspired Art A brush I use a lot in watercolor is the hake brush. I have one that is made from goat hair. I use it for large, lighter areas of color because it holds a tremendous amount of water. Notice how it’s […]