Monday, January 27, 2020

Snow scenes

I am participating in the Strada easel challenge. Last year I managed to get out and paint snow scenes out in the cold. This year I sat in my car, which still counts as paint from life. In my car I can paint watercolor without worrying about freezing water.

I did get out one day when the weather was a little milder. A little 12" x 6" oil. 

Another one painted from inside my car.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

plein air painting

Plein air painting this time of year is a good practice in mixing neutrals. 
Oil on panel 8" x 5.5" 

Monday, January 13, 2020


I am participating in the January Strada Easel daily paint from life challenge. These are a few of the still life paintings. I paint in watercolor if it is late in the day. I find it easier to photograph watercolor paintings. Most of my oils are photographed using natural light. #stradaeasel #stradaeaselchallenge

Friday, December 27, 2019

Year in review

Some of my painting from this past year. Watercolor, pastel. and oil. 

Sunday, December 22, 2019


Commission for Christmas
8" x 10" watercolor on watercolor panel

Another Christmas commission on
8" x 10" watercolor on watercolor panel

Monday, December 2, 2019

Midwest scenes

Country road outside Fairfield, Illinois
16" x 8"
View of the field behind Wilson Lake
10" x 8"
Lacey Keosauqua state park
16" x 8" 
Vista from Mineral Point 
10" x 8" 
From Jacobson road outside Mineral Point, Wisconsin
11" x 14"
View from the bridge
11" x 14" 
Hay bales Farmington, Iowa
11" x 14"
View from the trail at Denning conservation Area
12" 9"
White Cattle in the woods
11" x 14"

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Fall Colors

The weather is great and the fall colors are at their peak. 
12"x 6" oil on baltic birch

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Early Fall

Plein air painting along the banks of the Des Moines river. 
10 x 8 oil on baltic birch

Early fall with hints of orange.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Recent plein air paintings

Painting the countryside outside of Cisne, IL as part of the Fairfield, Illinois plein air paintout. Early morning light casting shadows across the road. 
8" x 16" oil on baltic birch.

Sketched several of these before going to work on the panel. It helps to work out the shapes. These were a little farther away than I am comfortable working with. I could use binoculars. 
11" x 14" oil on baltic birch

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

portrait commission

I am working on a portrait commission and will be doing several studies.
8" x 10" oil on baltic birch panel

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Percheron Horse

Normally I do not use black watercolor. I gave in on this one trying to get that deep black coat. 
watercolor on 140 lb. paper

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Recent watercolors

Working on my watercolor skills. Also drawing cattle skills. 

While at the Van Buren County Fair they had a roping contest. A great opportunity to get references shots. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Plein Air painting animals

This was a difficult one for me to paint plein air. The rabbit moved often. I had to come back the next day to tweak it. I wiped the ears off and repainted them down flat to the body. This appears more natural. After painting the background I decided it needed more. It was then easier to add the rabbit to the left painting on the still wet background and make it recede. I did several sketches before and it did help me remember the shape after the rabbit moved to a different position.
12" x 9" oil on panel

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Recent plein air paintings

Early morning at Lake Geode. This lake was drained last year. Heavy rains this spring helped raise it almost to the previous level. They are still working on it so there is a sign forbidding entry into the water.

Another one from Lake Geode

A pastel plein air painting. I committed to teaching a class to teenagers and needed to work on my pastel painting skills. 

Another pastel painting.

Plein air painting from Steelville Plein air event.

Another one from Steelville plein air.

Plein air of a soybean field.

Friday, June 14, 2019

watercolor on gesso

I am playing with watercolor on gesso. This is sprayed with clear acrylic after I am finished. After that I can paint acrylic over it. I may play with that on one of these pieces. 
8" x 10" watercolor

This is a small study working from pics I took while plein air painting in Steelville, Missouri.
5" x 7" watercolor

The last watercolor on gesso, 
8" x 10" 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Crossing Sugar Creek series

I often drive on out of the way gravel roads hoping to find subject matter. This was one of those finds. A herd of cows with calves crossing a stream. I took several photo references and created these paintings in watercolor and oil. Some just studies and some studio paintings.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Two horses

This time of year the landscape is muted. I find myself trying hard to keep to a limited palette.
Photo reference 10" x 8" oil on panel

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Trees on the Hill

Landscapes have an abstract quality to it. This was based on a photo reference of trees on the hillside.
10" x 8" oil on panel

Monday, February 25, 2019

Trail to the River Bank

Painting snow until Spring. From photo references
9" x 12" oil on panel