Lady In Red In New York

Red Lady In New York City

Photograph of a painting of a Red Lady in New York City with the Flat Iron Building, The Guggenheim, The Chrysler Building and UN Building

The Red Lady In New York City

The Red Lady has been a very popular selling painting of mine. It sells within a couple of hours when I paint it at a craft fayre. I have done Red Lady in a number of different ways and usually against a flat silhouette Cityscape. This is the first time I have used a city landmark as a focal point. In this case the focal point is the Flat Iron building in New York City. The Guggenheim and the UN Building are also recognisable. In the far distance there are indistinct skyscrapers.

There is a video of me painting Red Lady, further down.

Although I have put my own landscape on this site, This web site is more dedicated to the painting skills of Gary Jenkins, so learn more about Flower Painting and Fine Art. (more…)

Simple Flower Techniques

Simple Flower Techniques

Photo of Kathwren Jenkins, Simple Flower Techniques

Kathwren Jenkins

Kathwren Jenkins shows just how easy flower painting can be with some simple flower techniques. She paints all the flowers with just 3 different brushes. The important thing to note, is that it is the stroke Kathwren is teaching here.

Kathwren shows how to paint 4 different flowers in this 25 minute clip. She starts by painting the thin undercoat to a Geranium, then using a chiselled flat brush she paints in some petals using a simple stroke consisting of pushing down and pulling up the brush. Then with a lighter paint and the edge of the brush to produce some for-shortened leaves using the flat, and then the  edge of the brush.  She then uses a small filbert brush to form some buds. (more…)

Learn To Paint

Why Do People Want To Learn To Paint?

Learn to paint? Yes please! say so many people. Is it because they want to learn how to reproduce a beautiful object? Is it because they are bored? Want to earn more money or just want to try something new? Or is it that they have this deep desire to create maybe not something new, but create something old, but with a new interpretation?

Learn To Paint This Egret The Jenkins Way

Learn to paint this Egret the Jenkins Way.

Maybe we want to bare our soul in some way and that we find it difficult to verbally enunciate how we feel inside, and we think that by putting our feelings into a picture we can show the world.

It is easy to learn to paint. This painting on the right was my 2nd bird that I painted.

Let us look at the reasons that some famous painters of the past have given for the reasons for painting,

Painting Quotes

Henry Ward Beecher: Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

Jeff Melvoin: It’s not your painting anymore. It stopped being your painting the moment that you finished it.

Pablo Picasso: Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

William Baziotes: Each painting has its own way of evolving…When the painting is finished, the subject reveals itself.

Andy Warhol: If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, there I am. There’s nothing behind it.

Henri Matisse: I am unable to make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the way I translate that feeling into painting.

Russell Collins: Pick up a brush and give it a go. Someone, somewhere will think it will look good on their wall.

Painting is not difficult, it just requires a desire, a little luck, and a little practice. But in the words of the golfer Jack Nicklaus – “the more you practice, the luckier you get”. Go here to start flower painting.


Russell Collins Passes Yoast SEO Plugin Course

Yoast SEO Plugin Course

Russell Collins successfully completed the Yoast SEO Plugin course.I have now completed the Yoast SEO Plugin course and here is my certificate to prove it. Yoast will soon be providing an SEO Copywriting Training Course, and I will do that course as well.

The two Yoast courses have been very well presented and very well laid out, I expect that the copywriting course will be produced to the same high quality.

It is my intention to offer my services as an SEO Specialist, whose skills are based around the Yoast Holistic SEO processes.


Russell Collins Passes the Yoast SEO Course

Basic Yoast SEO Training

The Basic Yoast SEO course certificate

Basic Yoast SEO Course Icon.

I thought I would Yoast a bit (sorry boast) a bit about how, thanks to the Yoast Company in The Netherlands, I have gained my Basic Yoast SEO qualification. I have always tried to stay away from anything technical regarding software and web pages, but I thought I would give it a go. I gave it a go and here is my little certificate to prove it. Read on dear reader and see how you could benefit as well.

I am going to follow the Yoast way to optimise this site as well as my other site which is the website where I place my art for sale. You should see changes on this site based on what I have learnt. I am also going to offer SEO services to others based on my knowledge.

Yoast SEO for WordPress Plugin

So where do I go from here, well now I am going to do the Yoast SEO for WordPress Plugin course and I hope to get that completed within the next week or so and then I will do a blog post on that. The Yoast plugin comes as either a free version or a paid for premium version and there is more about this below.

The Yoast Plugin is probably the most comprehensive tool available. It has been specifically designed for the purpose helping WordPress users optimise their web sites. It incorporates everything from a snippet editor and real time page analysis functionality, to a Flesch reading ease analysis tool  that helps you optimize your images, pages, xml site maps and more.

Users of the free version get a host of useful features and obtain help through the forums. Buyers of the Premium Plugin also get additional features. A comprehensive feature list is shown below:

  • Breadcrumbs
  • Canonicals
  • Permalink clean-up
  • Robot.txt editing
  • Robots meta configuration
  • XML sitemaps
  • RSS enhancements
  • Head section clean-up
  • Post titles and meta descriptions
  • Redirect management – Premium Feature
  • Premium support – Premium Feature
  • Multiple focus keywords – Premium Feature

See you again soon.

Gary Jenkins Background Technique DVD

Gary Jenkins Background Workshop DVD

gary jenkins background, abstract backgrounds

Gary Jenkins Abstract Background DVD

This Gary Jenkins Background DVD shows how Gary gets many of the lovely abstract backgrounds that we see in his paintings. View the excerpt from this video below, and then go to our shop to buy your own copy.


Oils, acrylics, and water can be used to give a unique background to your painting, and this DVD shows you how. The DVD also demonstrates how paper tablecloths, doilies, straws and other objects can be used.


The background to a painting is important. It can give a context to the main subject, it gives atmosphere and a directionality of light. A  properly applied background can turn a 2 dimensional subject into a 3 dimensional subject with the use of contrasting colours and styles. It can make your subject pop.

To see a short excerpt from the backgrounds DVD, see below. Buy it here

For more information on the Jenkins techniques go here.