Spring 2017 Vol. 5

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Opening Note

I am a contemporary oil painter dedicated to the art of traditional oil painting and promoting art education. This newsletter is intended to provide fellow painters, patrons, and friends with a summary of upcoming events, thoughts, and approaches pertaining to my studio and the art of oil painting.


Thank you for taking the time to read - your input, thoughts, and suggestions are always welcome For information please visit my web site at

"Music exists when rhythmic, melodic or harmonic order is deliberately created..."
Roger Scruton

Moving Forward in Faith and Peace

I felt it important to say a few words on the life-changing journey that my family has been on this past year. With the recent journey and passing of my beautiful and beloved wife Kim, I have been given the gift of perspective: perspective on the fragility and brevity of life, perspective and strengthening of my spiritual faith, and perspective on priorities in life.

Kim is greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her, but she would want us to leave all feelings of heaviness behind. My two beautiful resilient children (Luke 7 & Emery 4) are happy and engaged. We talk and pray to “mommy” every day. We feel her with us at all moments. Heaven is lucky to have her and she can do far more there than here. I pray for strength to be the best father and role model I can be. We take each day as a gift and move forward in faith and peace. I have a renewed and strengthened resolve to honor the Lord in my my family life, my friendships, my teaching, and my painting. Kim's radiating smile will always be with me.
Life is short, precious, and fleeting - the test of true faith is revealed and realized when exercised in times of darkness.

Video Release - NIAGARA DVD!

After three years of hard work and (literally) countless hours, I am excited to announce the official release of my 9 hour instructional film “Painting Niagara, A Master Class in Studio Painting”. I am happy to have partnered with Eric Rhoads and Streamline Art Productions for this project. This marks a unique achievement in that it is the only comprehensive film documenting a major studio painting (8 feet wide) filmed over a 6 month period. I share every creative and technical step of the process including on-site field paintings and drawings, designing the composition, the preparation and explanation of the materials, the various layers of oil painting, and culminating with sharing the designing and making of a custom water-gilded museum frame from scratch. Several mini-lessons on color, atmosphere, composition and various other aspects associated with creating a major studio painting are enhanced with commentary and animations.

To view the trailer and order your copy, please visit:

Events 2017 - Plein Air Convention

I am honored to have been invited to present as a faculty member at this year's Plein Air Convention & Exposition in in San Diego, California, April 24-28, 2017. This is the largest gathering of working plein air artists in the world. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself with like-minded creative people willing and ready to share their knowledge and expertise. If you are attending, please be sure and stop and say hello. To find out more and sign up, please visit:


Shows 2017 - Castellani Museum

I will be exhibiting at the Castellani Art Museum on the Campus of Niagara University. The show entitled “Thomas Kegler: Painting Niagara” will open on Sunday May 7th from 2-4. The works will be on view until January of 2017. The show will feature 15 paintings and field sketches relating to the majestic Niagara Falls. The center piece will be the 8' painting "Niagara, Psalms 84:11" that is featured in my newly released instructional painting film. Several lectures from local environmental organizations and me will be announced soon.

To find out more, please visit the
Castellani Art Museum web site.


Workshops 2017

Due to the events that have unfolded in my life this past year, I will be keeping my presentations to a minimum. As some dates are secured I will announce them via facebook and email. 

On the Easel

“Bridal Veil Dawn, Romans 12:15”
18x24 Oil SLL 2017

My most recent exploration of Niagara Falls is a view of Bridal Veil Falls from the Canadian side peering across the Niagara Escarpment. The early morning light affords the artist with a soft beautiful light shinning through the uprising mist. This work will be on display at my upcoming show at the Castellani Art Museum in Niagara Falls, NY this May.


Shop Talk

Going Non-Toxic
In an effort to reduce the use of toxic materials in the studio, I have been experimenting with two products: SoySolv 2 and Alkyd Walnut Oil Medium.

Thus far, I have been very pleased.

Alkyd Walnut Oil Medium is a non-toxic medium that I have been very pleased with. It has a great working quality, it will not yellow, and it dries to a tough film overnight. I usually intermix it with Natural Pigments Oleogel for varied effects.


SoySolv is a Soy based non-toxic solvent that I have found useful in cleaning brushes. I have not seen any research regarding using this as a painting medium in the underpainting stages, so I have not taken that step. If an OMS alternative comes up, I'll be sure and post it.



Final Thoughts
Get out and paint - it is good for the soul.
The more you learn - the harder it becomes since you become more critical.
Remember  - drawing pats you on the back, painting is a humbling experience.
90% of the time a painting is in the "awkward looking state", while a drawing looks "good" as you progress.
Thus, keep your mind on the final outcome and press on.
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"The true end of art is not to imitate a fixed material condition, but to represent a living emotion."

George Inness

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