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 […]

My Favorite Books on Asian Art Brush Painting

Asian art brush painting book

back to all From my personal collection, a series of books that can help you learn about and make your own brush paintings. I have several books, some of which I’ve had for years, which are like my “bibles” of my experiences in Asian art. I began Sumie painting when I was a teenager. I […]

Acrylic Gouache Painting Process, from Start to Finish

Crispo painting abstract face

Abstract Art and Social Commentary I’m creating a series of paintings reflecting my feelings about the war in Ukraine. In this particular piece that you will see in the video, I will be doing a full painting demonstration from start to finish. I will talk about my techniques and some of my thoughts on the […]

Woodblock Printing with Brushes and Rollers

woodcut block prints

Here’s How I Use My Woodcut Blocks To Make Prints In my last blog, I talked about the carving tools I used in Japanese block printing. One of the tools I use for printing is the traditional Japanese baren. This printing process goes back to 16th century Japan. The baren is circular and used for […]

Painting with Gold Watercolors

gold face watercolor painting by Dick Crispo

Gold: The Skin of the Gods and A Work In Progress When we think of the color gold, what is it? On the color wheel, it doesn’t exist. That’s because it’s gold. The Egyptians called gold the skin of the gods. In my paintings, I like to use this exceptional color. So it’s essential to […]