Sunday, May 24, 2015

Run Rabbit Run

The reference photo for this is rather blurry. I tried to slowly walk up to this rabbit taking photos. Luckily I did capture this pose before I lost sight of her. 

I started this on a white canvas and added a light ground working over that. 
6" x 12" oil on canvas Click to Bid

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rock Study

This rock study is from a photograph. I did paint plein air but it is not worth posting.
6" x 6" oil on canvas

Friday, May 22, 2015


Plein air painting at a local fund raiser for the Villages Folk School. This is an organization that offers classes in everything from artisan breadmaking to plein air painting. They even have spinning and basket making.
6" x 6" oil on canvas

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Usually the magnolias bloom before the the leaves sprout in this area of the country. This one bloomed late giving me a nice contrast of pink and green.
10" x 8" oil on canvas

Skies over Oakland Mills

One of those great skyscapes that move too fast for me to paint plein air. This one was after plein air painting at Oakland Mills. 
8" x 8" oil on canvas

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Evening Star

This is my street view one evening. I did a study a while back before committing to a 16" x 20" 

I started with this rough in using Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna.
Oil on Raymar panel 16" x 20" 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Plein air in Rodeo

I have painted this scene in the early morning and today I got out there in late afternoon. This is the hiking bridge in Rodeo park. Another practice in painting green and forest scenes with a lot of confusing trees.

The trail was busy this afternoon. 
10" x 8" oil on canvas

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Cool Cows

This is the final painting. I felt that the trees in the background were confusing and took away from the cows. Spotted cows can be challenging. 

Found this scene on my way back from plein air painting in Wilson Lake on a hot day. 
10" x 8" oil on canvas

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wilson Lake Mighty Oak

I am guessing this is an oak tree. It just sounds better in the title. My intention was to paint the lake but the dominant tree in this scene seemed so impressive and I needed to work on my greens. I have been working with pthalo green lately. It is definitely a challenge.
8" x 10" oil on canvas to bid at auction

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wilson Lake

I have a cold and couldn't make it out to paint. I managed to get out today for a little while. It was such a wonderful day with the perfect temperature and clear skies. 

I have a portrait painting session for tomorrow and the cold is slowly clearing up. Looking forward to it.
8" x 10" oil on canvas

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Volunteer 16

Another volunteer from the art center. Jim is also an artist who often paints portraits himself. Glad to have the opportunity to paint his portrait.
11" x 14" oil on panel

Sunday, May 3, 2015


I can't wait for the irises to bloom, so to get up to speed, I practiced with this small study.
6" x 6" oil on gessoboard

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Scratch It

This is a blue roan quarter horse. The day I photographed her was hot and there were lots of knats bothering her. I often would stop along the road on my way through Shimek Forest to take photos of the many horses in the area. This is near River Valley Horse Camp where you can camp and ride the trails through Shimek Forest. Shimek has over 9,000 acres and a lot of trails. 
6" x 6" oil on canvas 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Thunderhead Over the Midwest Landscape

I saw this thunderhead on my way back from plein air painting. The original photo reference had the road ahead. With a little editing in Photoshop I added this landscape. 
6" x 6" oil on Gessoboard

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bridge Over the Des Moines River

This view was taken while on the old bridge that connects Bonaparte, Iowa to Vernon, Iowa. I walked the old bridge to see the old schoolhouse that once housed the studio of the late watercolor artist, Wendell Mohr. 
6" x 6" oil on Ampersand panel

Looking at this brought back memories. He was open by appointment or luck. The bottom floor was his studio and the top his apartment. It seems like the perfect artist studio. Wendell used an image of the bell tower in his business card. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Water Logged

Jessica and I went plein air painting this morning at Wilson Lake. I needed practice painting logs underwater so I picked this spot. I have been trying to adjust to using Pthalo Blue even though it seems to overwhelm the other colors. After this drys I may have to add more warmth with maybe an orange mixture.
I did have an opportunity to get some photos of cattle resting under a shade tree. I pulled over along the road, which I do often. I don't think the other vehicles driving by appreciate it. I have often seen paintings that look they were obviously created from the roadside. Do other artists just stop and set up their easels or do they just photograph the scenes? I also stopped on the way to Wilson Lake for photo references?    
8" x 10" oil on canvas

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Waterfall After the Rain

After the rains a lot of the local streams have waterfalls. I happened to run across this one and couldn't resist painting it.
10" x 8" oil on canvas to bid at auction

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Martin Pond

Went plein air painting with Jessica at Martin Pond. Beautiful views all around. The water was challenging as it kept changing. I did enjoy being outside on such a nice day.
8" x 10" oil on canvas

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Volunteer 15

This is the final edit. I finished this one from the photo reference. He did smile in the photos, but I am taking the easy way out and leaving it as he posed.

The volunteer for today. At first I was a little intimidated over the lack of hair. This was something new for me, In the end I would paint another one in a second. Hair is overrated. I still need to do a little tweaking on this so I will post the finished painting later. This was after one hour posing.
11" x 14" oil on panel

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Study for Evening Star

The evening light was just beautiful and fleeting. I have to use photo references for the scene and my memory. 
8" x 10" oil on canvas.