Archive for May, 2012

Glazes of Color

In this stage of the painting, glazes of color have been applied to enhance the underpainting from the first stage. Glazing implies that transparent layers of paint have been painted over previous passages which have dried. The effect allows Peter to build on previous days work, enhancing color and building depth.

First Color

After developing the initial sketches and having client approval, Peter then moves into the first color stage of what will be the finished painting. It is here that the motif is carefully sketched out on the blank canvas in pencil, after which the first glazes of color are applied. After this stage, the painting’s composition is clearly defined.

Commission Process

In the next few posts, Peter will demonstrate the anatomy of his commission process as it happens on a painting he is currently working on. The subject is the view from the Osteen Bridge, which was requested by a collector who enjoys it’s sweeping view of the St. John’s river. You will see it develop from sketches to a finished oil on canvas.

Gallery Opening in St. Petersburg

Thanks go out once again to Rob Rowen and his wife Suzanne for hosting another Pettegrew Opening at their second gallery location in St. Petersburg. For more information, please visit their website at

Latest Commission

Fresh from the studio comes “Florida Backcountry Serenity” an original oil on canvas created for a local Winter Park collector. For information about Peter’s commission process, or to discuss your idea for a painting, contact the studio at (407) 694-6355. SOLD

Nuance Gallery Showing

Thanks to Robert Rowen and his wife, Suzanne for hosting a successful showing at thier beautiful gallerry in Tampa on April 28th. If you missed the show, there’s plans for a second opening at their new gallery in St. Petersburg on Saturday, May 12th.  Go to for more information.

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