Painting Grays

In the winter you won’t see as much color in a landscape as in the summer. The sky is muted as well as the reflections on the water… Everything was gray in this scene, but the sunlight dancing on the water was making it so beautiful. I knew I would need to be really careful with the values/tones if I was going to capture that light and overall feeling of the scene.

Seixal, December 13

Seixal, December 13

Some of the tones in this subject were closely related, like the ones of the boat and the distant town (2 and 3). But I still needed to show the difference between them in order to convey the illusion of space. Thus, I managed to limit myself to 6 values (tones) in order to capture the feeling of that afternoon. 1 is the darkest tone and 6 is the lightest.

Happy Holidays!

Hi everyone!

Wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming New Year! May the Holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.


“Winter Sun”. Gouache on paper. 9 x 12 in.

“Winter Sun”. Gouache on paper. 9 x 12 in.

"8 Ways To Improve Your Art" FREE Guide

Hi! In case you haven’t met it on my social media accounts yet, I have published another free guide on painting, in which I have covered some very important painting principles that I use in painting all the time (with any medium). Applying these principles in your painting can dramatically improve the quality of your art!

You can get the guide by this link:

I hope you find it helpful.


I did this painting bellow as a step-by-step demonstration for the guide in order to show you how I simplify my paintings by breaking a subject down into three groups of shapes of different sizes.

“Smooth Waters of Cascais Bay” Gouache, 9 x 6.5 inches.

“Smooth Waters of Cascais Bay” Gouache, 9 x 6.5 inches.

Missing the Summer

I like to be at home, in my studio, my comfortable zone, but when the weather is nice I always have to force myself  to go to paint to a location. Because I know I need to. Because I know no photo can capture the spirit of summer, the summer that won't last long. I also know that gouache will never let me down and I will definitely be able to take a piece of the summer with me in my watercolor pad.