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


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.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

25 paintings in 30 days

OK so I did not make 30 paintings in 30 days. Congratulations to the artists who did make it, lots of hard work and determination. I started out trying to do all of the paintings plein air and did make 14 paintings on site. Even this grouping was late.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Arabian Run

This is an acrylic painting. On this background I used iridescent acrylics, which are hard to show when photographing artwork. To get the transitions I used acrylic medium for air brush. 
12" x 12" acrylic on cradled Ampersand panel.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Rodeo Park plein air

It is challenging to paint cloudy, rainy days. It has been a couple of days since I went plein air painting and come rain or shine I was going. 
9" x 12" oil on canvas

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sunset Over the Des Moines River

This is a small studio painting from a plein air study. We  were painting when a storm came up. I moved under a shelter house and painted on.
8" x 8' oil on canvas on panel

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pink Rose

This was also created on a yellow ochre ground.
8" x 8" oil on canvas panel 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bentonsport Rose

The rose garden at Bentonsport still had some nice blooms. I started this one on an orange ground hoping to capture the peachy rose, but I ended up with a pink rose. I need to work on that.
6" x 8" oil on canvas on masonite panel.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Plein Air Painting with the Zorn Palette

Carroll and I had a painting class scheduled at the local art center. Four of the participants had to cancel, so the rest of us decided to go plein air painting at the local park. Blick Art Materials is having a contest using the Zorn palette and this is my entry. 
9" x 12" oil on canvas on panel.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wilson Lake Fall Study

We stopped at Wilson Lake to catch the leaves starting to change color. 
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Apple Orchard

Yesterday at Appleberry Orchards I managed to get two paintings done. The weather was so nice that I stayed til 5 to paint. It did start out sunny then cloudy that affected how I painted the leaves.
8" x 6" oil on canvas on panel.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pumpkin Patch at Appleberry Orchard

Nearby is an apple orchard/pumpkin patch called Appleberry Orchard. This is the perfect time of year for painting there. Great landscapes and lots of pumpkins still left in the field. 
9" x 12" oil on canvas

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Experimenting with acrylic and just dropping in bold colors. White is a good color to play with colors in shadow.
6 x 8 acrylic on paper

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014