Thursday, April 28, 2016

Runoff Stream

I wanted to paint this from the bank but could not find a trail down. The challenge of painting this perspective was appealing. 
6" x 12" oil on panel

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Lake Geode Nesting Area

Went out painting in Lake Geode. After I was set up I heard a lot of Canadian Geese flying above and squawking. I think I was fairly  close to where they were nesting. All around me was tall grass and I could see a wing pop up ever so often. I was told it is not a good idea to get too close as I see utube videos of geese chasing people.
11" x 14" oil on canvas

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Clouds over the Mississippi

The painting on my previous post reminded viewers of the airdance or tube man. I wonder if there is anything in the clouds here that looks like something. Maybe I should have painted something in. 

It was a great day to paint clouds if you can paint fast or at least have a good visual memory. Jessica joined me at Riverview Park and painted a nice view of the distant shore. 
8" x 6" oil on panel

I had time to try again this time graying the various shorelines to give that feeling of depth.
10" x 8" oil on panel

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Study for Early Morning at Wilson Lake

When the sun hits the trees in the early morning light.
8" x 8" oil on canvas

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Geode Stream

Got out a little today. I did not really want to put in the tree on the left, mainly because I had to make that bare tree stand out against the distant tree line but, I felt that the composition needed it 
This is one of the streams that feed into Lake Geode. One winter, years ago my sister and I went ice skating on this stream and onto the lake. Several of the ice fishermen warned us about thin ice. We figured if they were on it we could be too. I often read on Facebook remarks about the dangerous things we did as kids that didn't kill us. 
12" x 9" oil on Raymar panel

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Early Spring

It is that time of year when the grass starts to turn green but the trees are still bare. 
8" x 8" oil on canvas

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Puddle in the Park

Jessica and I went to Rodeo after the rain. This was a good opportunity to paint puddles and also work on those "naked trees" as Jessica calls them. It took me a while to figure out the obvious, that a puddle is simply a small lake and an edge is just a bank. That took away the that fear where I freeze up and paint small tight details. Still do that on those trees.
8" x 10" oil on canvas

Thursday, March 31, 2016

It was raining so a still life set up works.
10" x 8" oil on canvas

Friday, March 25, 2016

Reminder of Winter

We had snow yesterday. Not enough to create a scene like this, so I pulled up a photo from 2 years ago. This also served as practice for painting those bare trees that have been giving me a hard time lately.
12" x 9" oil on canvas

Monday, March 21, 2016

Shade on Summer Day

Black and white and black and white that seems to flow together and confuse me. Reminds me of how zebra patterns confuse predators. I couldn't resist trying to organize the scene. 

This is the reference photo. I liked the cow in the front against the backdrop of the tree trunk as a center of interest, still a lot of editing.
12" x 6" oil on canvas

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Storm Clouds Threatening

Too cold to go outside and paint. I pulled this up and painted the "bare trees" but they ended up looking a little more dressed.

I used an art store brand of hard panel from Blick. It had a dinged corner so I marked off the 8" x 10 corner or the 12" x 9" panel.  The surface was a slick like melamine wall panels. I had to adjust to it, but I would buy it again. For covering the surface fast and an easy wipe off it worked well, sometimes too well.  
10" x 8" oil on gessoed board

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Kayaking on the Skunk River

I was painting on the banks of the Skunk River when this woman showed up. A great opportunity to paint more that just water. There are great views on the river without public access and painting from a kayak may be a good idea or at least sketching. 
8" x 16" oil on Ampersand board.

Early Spring at Wilson Lake

Early spring plein air painting at Wilson Lake. The clouds were great Wednesday afternoon.
9" x 12" oil on canvas

Friday, March 11, 2016

Wilson Lake in Early Spring

I went plein air painting to work on my neutrals. I had some paint left over from my portrait and they are a nice tan color. 
9" x 12" oil on canvas

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

52 Faces final image

As the final image for the 52 Faces of Volunteerism I did a self portrait. I set up the lighting to show my wrinkles and imperfections. I originally wanted to paint like Lucien Freud but just could not pull it off. When I take a photo of myself I Photoshop the wrinkles out and wear a turtleneck (see photo at right).  I could tweak this some more but I procrastinated until yesterday and it needs to be turned in today. The Art Center had a lunch ala art which included a talk or demo from the monthly feature artist. I started this at that event and needed to finish it later. 
The show is going to Mount Pleasant Iowa on the Iowa Wesleyan University's art gallery in the PEO building for the next two weeks. The PEO building is located on North Main Street. 
11" x 14" oil on mdf board

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Playing with my acrylics using airbrush medium and acrylic flow release medium. "Flow release is a surfactant. A surfactant is a concentrated surface-active liquid which reduces surface tension, thus improving wetting and increasing the flow of acrylic waterborne paints." It reduces the surface tension between the staining(paint/water) and the canvas/ Golden Acrylic website
8' x 8" acrylic on canvas

Monday, February 29, 2016

Early Spring at Ely Landing

I did not get a chance to go out this weekend. The best I could do was pull up a photo from last spring around this time of year.
12" x 6" oil on canvas

Sunday, February 28, 2016


A long haired Chiweenie; a mix of Chihauhau and Dashhund cute but independent. This one is a one person dog.
8" x 8" oil on canvas  

He uses his cuteness to get away with a lot, including jumping on the chairs.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Limestone Bluffs Again

While some friends went plein air painting I was nursing a cold that kept me inside yesterday. I pulled up the limestone bluffs photos to give it another shot. It is not just the bare trees that get me but the brush. This photo had dead warm gray brush hanging on the side of the cliff. 
 8" x 8" oil on canvas

Maybe cropping it may improve the composition.
6" x 8" oil on canvas

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Winter Sunset in the Cornfield

I went plein air painting with Jessica. So wanting to paint plein air after several winter scenes from photos. My painting did not go so well so I wiped it off and painted this from a photo I had. 
9" x 12" oil on canvas

This is or was the plein air painting. The river was frozen with a few spots of open water. Beautiful scene, but tough for me. I did get some practice with greys.