Monday, January 30, 2012

Quarry Creek no2

I know this looks familiar because I am painting from the same photo reference that I have used before.  There is not need to paint every rock as you see it just the general feel of the scene. This scene is challenging to get the correct feel of the water flowing over the rocks and the white water, that is why I will go back to the photo reference. I will probably paint it until I feel it is prefect or just give up.
12x6 Oil on Ampersand panel.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Swan no 3

I often go back to this subject. Working with white is always fun to add any color to the subject.
8x6 oil on Raymar panel.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hollyhocks no 2

I thought I'd try the holly hocks with a dark background. The photo reference for this one the flowers were lighter than the background.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I remember on the farm where I grew up there were hollyhocks growing on the side of the garage. There didn't last long, not sure why they died. They seem like pretty hardy plants. These are the Hollyhock growing on the side of our house and they have survived my lack of a green thumb.
6x8 Oil on Raymar panel.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Snow Frolic in Rodeo Park

This was from a photo I took last year. The dog in the painting has passed away. He was the best dog we ever had and he came from the animal shelter. We still miss him.
6x6 Oil on Raymar Panel

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Quarry Creek

When the kids were young we would join friends for a picnic in this spot. It was downstream from a local rock quarry. I haven't been here is a long time, maybe this summer if it is still there.
11.5x5.5 Oil on Raymar Panel.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


When I take a portrait commission I usually make practice pieces like this one.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pink Rose

I once bought my mother a dozen lavendar roses so when I saw this one it reminded me of her.
6x8 Oil On Raymar Panel.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cherry in a Yellow Bowl

I originally had a very dark background and hated it. After wiping it off I painted the light colors over the still dark wiped background and liked it. I guess there are "happy accidents" in oil too.
8 x 6 oil on Raymar Panel.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Australian Shepherd

The photo reference for this one was a commission I did years ago in watercolor. It was difficult for me to paint the merl coat in watercolor with out making mud but it works great in oil. I think merl is the term for the spotted coat. I am told that these dogs make great pets, highly intelligent.
8 x 6 Oil on Raymar panel.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Cherries in a Yellow Bowl

I received a gift certificate to a local florist and gift shop. They carried a lot of nice large purses, the kind that could hold everything and you would never find it until you moved your stuff to a new purse. I went in with the intention of buying one when I saw these cute little bottles and the bowl in these great coordinating colors.
12 x 12 Oil on Stretched canvas.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ford V8

This is the rough in for my painting. Normally I do not paint a black and white base for my paintings but I understand I can get darker darks and lighter light.

I think it worked as this has some really great darks and lights.

This is the one of my watercolors I painted years ago. Painting chrome is like painting water it is all in the reflections. I have seen a lot of car paintings and you don’t have to be a car enthusiast to want to paint them. I don’t even know what kind of car this is on as I took the picture at a car show.

I am one of those artists that can’t decide what I want to be when I mature. Once at an art fair I noticed the judge just walked in front of my booth, looked shortly then moved on. I was a bit upset as I was also demonstrating and there was an award for that. The judge dismissed me for "not having any continuity in my work". I love it all and don’t want to miss any of it. I am afraid I will not live long enough to create everything I want to. I have painted watercolor, pastel, acrylic and now oil. A range of subject matter from people to rocks and there is still something I "need" to paint.

It all started out with painting horses which is still my favorite and I so enjoy it. I then realized that my landscape was awful as the horses showed a more mature developed artist but the landscape was that of an amateur. When I started working the landscape I realized that working with colors and design and capturing the feel of a warm summer day was also enjoyable.
You might call me a jack of all trades but master of none; but like I said I am having too much fun trying to do it all.

I just checked the internet and found out that the first hood ornament is from a 1936 Ford and the second one is from a 1951 Chevrolet Impala.?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mattie no 4

I am still working from photos I took over Thanksgiving weekend since they didn't come back for Christmas. I think my visitors will make it back for Easter. By then I will have run out of reference material.
6x8 Oil on Raymar panel.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Red Cherries in a Yellow Bowl

I painted this over a white ground rather than the colored ground I usually use. This seems to give it more color.
6x8 Oil on Raymar Panel.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Mattie in the Mountains

I edited the background on this one, she was sitting on a rock in our front yard. The background was the siding on the house, so boring.
Oil on Ampersand Panel. 5-1/4 x 11-1/2