Monday, November 17, 2014

Rodeo Park Trail at Sunrise

I painted the skyscape this morning but took photos of the rest of the scene. The orange light affects the color on the foliage and the tree trunk.
12" x 12" oil on canvas 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hydrangea Pink and Purple

When it is icy out I like to paint something that reminds me of nicer weather
8" x 16" oil on canvas

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Appleberry's Goat

This is a study for a larger piece. I have a member's show I participate in and the painting is due on Wednesday. Entering something new always gets more interest but I don't know if I can pull something together at this late date.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jonathans on the tree

Plein air painting in the orchard at Appleberry Farms.
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hay Field under the Midwestern Skies

Hopefully this is the final edit.

I used a sky scene from one photo reference and a edited landscape from another for this. If it looks familar that is because it is based on the sample I created for an Arty Party.
11" x 14" oil on canvas.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rocks on the Skunk River

The rocks reflections in the water was the challenge for this painting. This was from one of my plein air painting days where the the on site painting did not turn out that well. 
8" x 6" oil on canvas

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Second Connor

Last edit unless I look at it too much. On the photo references he had a smile that doesn't show in my first painting below. Sometimes it is just a subtle change. Finding that is like looking through those pictures where you have to find the changes. I imagine that artists who work on portraits constantly could figure it out the first time.

This is a rough in for another portrait of Connor painted from my photo references. I started with a ground of burnt sienna after which I painted alla prima into that. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

White Pumpkin and Mums

I painted this as a demo the day before the painting at lunch ala art. I painted from a still life set up. Carroll and I teach a class at the local art center. We did this as the demo, with Carroll painting an oil while I painted in watercolor.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


This is a study for a larger painting. I think I may have to make changes to the background, maybe use one of spectators. Also may need to put in part of the obstacle or whatever they call it that they jump over. 
8" x 8" oil on canvas

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall on the River

This started as a plein air painting and I wiped off the top portion. I took pictures for studio work. I knew this was challenging and painting plein air helps me see things that the camera does not pick up. The rocks under water was my main challenge. 
9" x 12" oil on canvas on panel

Monday, November 3, 2014

Burlington Bridge

Plein air painting on the shores of the Mississippi River. I ended up with spiders in the easel, because I had set up on the rocks. The advantages of plein air are so worth it as you see things that the camera cannot capture. 
8" x 8" oil on Ampersand panel

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Portrait in Progress

This is the final portrait. 

I started this from a live model. At this point I worked from my photo references in the studio.
11" x 14" oil on stretched canvas

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Watercolor demo

Yesterday the Fort Madison Art Center had their monthly Lunch ala Art. Lunch is catered in and they invite the artist from the current monthly exhibit to give a talk. October they had the Iowa Watercolor Society exhibit. They did not have anyone who was in the show to talk. I had been in the show in the past and volunteered to do a watercolor demo. This is the finished demo, after I took it home and tweaked it some. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

River Rocks at Oakland Mills

Plein air painting at Oakland Mills. The first pastel painting was wiped off and this was painted over it.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mississippi Islands

Plein Air painting on the shores of the Mississippi in Burlington, Iowa

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hay Field Under the Midwestern Sky

This started with a Sharpie Marker, which you can still see in places. Then I painted in acrylics. This was an ideal for a beginner painting class.
11" x 14" acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rodeo Park Fall 2014

Yesterday we went to Rodeo park because it was close. The leaves are in their full splendor right now.
11" x 14" oil on stretched canvas 

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Final portrait. This was from photo references. I did not take the photos from the same angle as he posed so this was a little guess work. 

The SouthEast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour was this weekend. I participated at the local art center with portrait demos. This was one of the models I managed to paint in an hour and a half. I need to work on it some more but feel that I have captured his likeness well.
11" x 14" oil on stretched canvas.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Appleberry Orchard

Jessica and I went painting at Appleberry Orchard. We had a great time painting and we also picked up some pumpkins for future still lifes.
6" x 8" oil on canvas

Monday, October 6, 2014


This was painted starting with a ground of burnt sienna and a little bit of ultramarine. I then wiped off my highlights and painted alla prima. Limited palette of ultramarine, burnt sienna, cerulean, cad. red, cad. yellow and white.
12" x 12" oil on stretched canvas.