Monday, February 12, 2024

Recent watercolor paintings


Last December we had the perfect snowfall. The snow laid on the branches and melted on the roads. 
 8" x 10" watercolor on 140 lb.

I had the photo reference for this painting for years. Yesterday I finally did a painting from it.
 8" x 10" watercolor on 140 lb.

This was cropped from a photo of several sheep. 8" x 10" watercolor on 140 lb.

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Lone Tree

 This is a subject I often go back to. The last snow gave me those beautiful snow laden branches. Pastel on paper. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Paint the Fair

 I had a wonderful time painting at the Van Buren County Fair. Well organized, great volunteers and terrific patrons. These are paintings I did as practice before the event. I really enjoy the 4H rabbits.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

watercolor plein air painting


Just a quick watercolor gouache painting. 

Gouache on cream colored paper.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

repeating subject matter

When putting a show together I noticed that there are subject matters that I repeat, snow on wood was one of them. Part of the reason is I can make use of a limited palette on a cold day. This one was painted plein air in January 2020 at Indian Lake. 
6" x 12" oil on panel

This was painted plein air in Rodeo Park on a day with temperatures in the single digits in January 2019. I would often see walkers in Rodeo Park but not that day.
6" x 12" oil on panel

This one was painted plein air at Shimek State Park in March of 2019
6" x 12" oil on panel

This one is early fall at Wilson Lake without the snow. I should to go back there after a snow fall. 
9" x 12" oil on panel

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Cold weather plein air painting

Ice piled up on the banks of the Des Moines river. A beautiful scene.
12" x 6" oil on panel

Indian Lake wood pile waiting for the next season's campers.
12" x 6" oil on panel

Challenge painting bare trees and perspective. 
12" x 9" oil on panel

Monday, January 27, 2020

Snow scenes

I am participating in the Strada easel challenge. Last year I managed to get out and paint snow scenes out in the cold. This year I sat in my car, which still counts as paint from life. In my car I can paint watercolor without worrying about freezing water.

I did get out one day when the weather was a little milder. A little 12" x 6" oil. 

Another one painted from inside my car.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

plein air painting

Plein air painting this time of year is a good practice in mixing neutrals. 
Oil on panel 8" x 5.5" 

Monday, January 13, 2020


I am participating in the January Strada Easel daily paint from life challenge. These are a few of the still life paintings. I paint in watercolor if it is late in the day. I find it easier to photograph watercolor paintings. Most of my oils are photographed using natural light. #stradaeasel #stradaeaselchallenge

Friday, December 27, 2019

Year in review

Some of my painting from this past year. Watercolor, pastel. and oil. 

Sunday, December 22, 2019


Commission for Christmas
8" x 10" watercolor on watercolor panel

Another Christmas commission on
8" x 10" watercolor on watercolor panel

Monday, December 2, 2019

Midwest scenes

Country road outside Fairfield, Illinois
16" x 8"
View of the field behind Wilson Lake
10" x 8"
Lacey Keosauqua state park
16" x 8" 
Vista from Mineral Point 
10" x 8" 
From Jacobson road outside Mineral Point, Wisconsin
11" x 14"
View from the bridge
11" x 14" 
Hay bales Farmington, Iowa
11" x 14"
View from the trail at Denning conservation Area
12" 9"
White Cattle in the woods
11" x 14"

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Fall Colors

The weather is great and the fall colors are at their peak. 
12"x 6" oil on baltic birch

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Early Fall

Plein air painting along the banks of the Des Moines river. 
10 x 8 oil on baltic birch

Early fall with hints of orange.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Recent plein air paintings

Painting the countryside outside of Cisne, IL as part of the Fairfield, Illinois plein air paintout. Early morning light casting shadows across the road. 
8" x 16" oil on baltic birch.

Sketched several of these before going to work on the panel. It helps to work out the shapes. These were a little farther away than I am comfortable working with. I could use binoculars. 
11" x 14" oil on baltic birch

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

portrait commission

I am working on a portrait commission and will be doing several studies.
8" x 10" oil on baltic birch panel

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Percheron Horse

Normally I do not use black watercolor. I gave in on this one trying to get that deep black coat. 
watercolor on 140 lb. paper

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Recent watercolors

Working on my watercolor skills. Also drawing cattle skills. 

While at the Van Buren County Fair they had a roping contest. A great opportunity to get references shots.