Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Green Hydrangeas

This is on 300 lb. watercolor paper which I was saving for a really special project. That never came but I am short on 140 lb. paper. I really like the way this paper accepts watercolor. It is Cheap Joe's Kilimanjaro watercolor paper. I find it is a close second to Arches.
8 1/2 x 8 1/2  inches  To bid at auction

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Shades of Hydrangeas

This year the hydrangeas were blooming in different shades. It gave me the opportunity to play with shades of purple.
8 x 16 oil on Linen panel

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sunset Walk Over the Dam

This was part of a Daily Paintworks challenge to paint a night scene. I wanted to try night scenes and this gave me the incentive. This one was made up, loosely using references of the dam at the end of Wilson Lake and some horse photos I had and guessing at the reflections. I will have to figure out a set up with a light for painting plein air at night.
9 x 16 oil on canvas

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Peach Rose

This was from the rose garden in Bentonsport. They have an upcoming art fair in October. I have done the art fair for the great atmosphere. The artists are friendlier and it is laid back. This was painted on a scrap of linen that I primed with clear gesso. I liked the natural linen look for the background but I have painted over most of it. I then cut a masonite board to size, coated it with GAC 100 and two coats of standard gesso and attached the painting with PVA glue.
4 x 9 oil on linen board.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

White Horse and Bays

I had put this aside after I photographed it for the web. When the image is small I could see the problems better Below is the first alla prima painting. Bid here

8 x 10 oil on canvas

I painted this alla prima and afterwards noticed that the white horse was too big and did not stand out. The sky was muddy and dull even for an overcast day.

Yucca Blooms

I used a limited palette on this one. This is one of the subjects that challenge me, it is white and the stem comes into the image at one border and then exits off the composition. Challenging oneself in this field is what makes one better. 
8 x 6 oil on canvas

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pinto Yearling

This is watercolor and acrylic. I was after a night scene and used interference acrylic paint to try to make a starry sky. 
5 x 7 inch watercolor on 140 lb. paper to bid on the auction click 
This is a photo of the painting with the light coming from the other side to show the reflections of the interference paint.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Quarry at Mount Vernon

This quarry is in a park in Mount Vernon, Iowa. After the plein air painting I took photos. The subject matter was fascinating and I have another painting in the works.
9 x 12 to bid click here

Monday, August 12, 2013


This is the rough in and you notice the line on the bottom. I miscalculated the placement and moved them down. I paint on preprimed canvas so that I can crop it. 
This is the final, I think unless I change my mind about something.
6 x 12 oil on canvas.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Pale Palomino

This horse stopped in midstride and turned to look at me. I guess I was not quiet enough.
6 x 8 oil on canvas panel

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Mount Vernon Landscape

This was from a photo reference taken while I participated in a plein air event in Mount Vernon. I did not have time to paint this wonderful landscape. The northern part of Iowa has these wonderful rolling hills. The light green path winds through the corn field. These little valleys are where the rain gathers. I remember walking through them as a child.
8 x 16 oil on linen panel.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Exhibit at Marceline

Today I will be in Marceline, Missouri for the opening of my exhibit at the North Missouri Arts Council. If you are in the area stop by and introduce yourself. The exhibit will be at 111 S. Main Street USA at the North Missouri Arts Council gallery in Marceline.