Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sneak Preview

Just one of the women in the painting.
Here is a sneak preview of my newest painting:
"Nine Women, One Bottle of Wine, Two Glasses".
39. 6 inches high x 55.1 inches.
Acrylic paints on stretched canvas.

In Garden

Look what I found in the garden!
I was doing some spring cleaning in the yard and found this painting in a pile of leaves and old branches. I painted it on wood and stuck it in a tree a couple of years ago.
I put it out to test how it would weather. I see it has dirt, rust and some paint missing. Looking good!
(I also have other paintings somewhere in the back yard and garden area - testing to see how well the stand up to the elements. Now if I could only remember where they are....)

More art by Charles Kaufman here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Paint Brushes

I currently have over 40 paint brushes in "action".
How many paint brushes does one need at one time?


(Click to see larger view)
From my new art book "Detail Views". Page 27.
"Detail View from "Fairies in the Forest"".

More info on the book.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Here is the secret to my top-quality canvas prints.
I print them myself in my studio.

After not getting the quality I wanted in my prints, I decided to
invest in a large-format printer.
(One of the smartest things I did for my art.)
I know what the original painting looks like and I want
to create a print that looks as close to the original as

When people first look at my prints on canvas most
think they are looking at original paintings ....that is
until they see the handpainted numbering on each print.
The prints are so good & have so much detail one can see
every brushstroke and even the hairs from the paint brush
that got stuck in the original painting.

And it is just not in the printer where the ink is put to canvas that makes a print good, it is all the pre- & post-print work to get each print just right.
Getting a high-quality digital image, touching it up in the computer, then putting the right combination of varnish and brushed-on texture to get aprint that looks like a painting.

It takes lots of work and there is an art to getting a good
digital print. If it is not good enough for me to hang on my wall
then it does not go to a customer.

Wood Heads

Two skeleton head guys on a piece of old scrap wood.
One piece of wood, two paintings on wood front
and back side.

Close up view of one of the painted heads.

Here you can see the side of the wood.
Handpainted with acrylic paints, then coated with
Next I will fasten it to a metal stand for easy viewing
of both sides.

Charles Kaufman art sold online here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

More Art on Scrap Wood

(Click on picture for a larger view.)
This is a painting on a piece of scrap wood.
I painted the picture with acrylic paints and then
carved on the wood to add to the design and texture.
Covered in layers of matt varnish.

Art on Scrap Wood

(click image for larger view.)
I take scraps of old wood and paint on them using acrylic paints.
On the right is the back side of the piece of wood. Dried and rotting.
I cover both sides with a couple of coatings of matt varnish.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Art on Wood

"Mr. Happy in a Hat."
Acrylic paints on an old piece of wood.

"Hai" (Shark.)
Handpainted on old wood.
The letters "HAI" have been carved into the wood.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


(click on photo to see a larger view)
Painted women's faces on both sides of an old piece of wood.
Acrylic paints. Now will varnish, mount on a stand and then off to
a gallery in Heidelberg, Germany.
More art here.


Chunk of old wood. Before and after shot of the painting.
Working on painting on other side of wood.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Painting wood. The first painting of one side of a piece of old wood.
Don't exactly like it, so I will repaint probably another time or two
before I get it right.
Then I have to paint the other side.
Using acrylic paints and the wood is rough, raw and unsanded or

Detail View of "Detail Views"

This is a detail view of page 75 of my new book "Detail Views".
Read more about it here at Back Wall Art publishing.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Box of Wood

My wife found some real old, dry wood at her mother's
house for me to paint on. I have sketched in the face of
a woman on one board. There will also be a face on the
other side.
Once painted I will then mount it on a metal stand
then off to a gallery.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Started a New Painting

Started a new painting......even though I have 4 or 5 paintings standing against the walls waiting to be finished....
I have been doing a new technique on my paintings:
Paint, quit, paint, let it sit, paint, put it against the wall so I can't see it, paint, don't look at it for a few days, paint....repeat until finished.
This canvas is 39.6 x 47.2 inches / 100 x 120 cm.
No name as of yet.
Using acrylic paints.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Three Pencil Paintings

Completed three pencil paintings for a collector in Germany.
The paintings will hang in their office conference room.
Size 60 x 100 cm; 23.6 x 39.6 inches.

Unfinished Art

I have at least 3 larger paintings I am working on at the same time.
All created using acrylic paints on stretched canvas. Hope to finish
at least one this week.