Monday, December 31, 2012


This is Lucy our pet dachshund. My niece Tabitha originally got her from an older lady in the shopping center parking lot. Tabitha's children really liked her. The lady gave Tabitha the dog saying she barks at her cats. I suspect her grandchildren gave her the dog as a guard dog but she didn't really want a dog and she probably told her grandchildren the dog ran away. Lucy was not very well housebroken and my niece had little children and didn't have the time to train her, so she gave the dog to my son. We went to visit my son and give him his dog back and he gave us this dog after they chased her out from under nether the car. We finally got her housebroken and taught to respond to our commands. She is still kind of spoiled and thinks she owns the place.
6 x 6 oil on Raymar panel

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Egg Shell

I painted egg shells in the past. This was such a fun exercise in painting white with dark shadows.
6 x 6 oil on Raymar panel.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mexican Hat Dance

I love the challenge of painting fabric and this was a great opportunity to paint folds of the fabric.
6 x 8 Oil on Raymar panel

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lone Tree

This tree is a favorite subject of mine. We finally got our snow.
6 x 8 oil on Raymar panel.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Historic Main Street commission

This is the finished commission for the Fort Madison Main Street.
28 x 36 oil on gessoed canvas

Hannah's Favorite

For Christmas I painted some of my grandaughter's favorite things.
12 x 18 oil on Ampersand panel

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Silver Bell

This year I did not put up a tree or lights. I did paint several paintings of presents and jingle bells. 
6 x 12 oil on gessoed masonite.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Snow on the Evergreens


There is snow in the forecast and that put me in the mood to paint snow.
6 x 6 Oil on Ampersand panel.  $30

Saturday, December 15, 2012

movie actress challenge

This is my entry to the latest daily paintworks challenge. Paint a movie actress using a limited palette. I choose Rita Hayworth. She was the girl on the first poster in Andy Dufreese's cell in the movie Shawshank Redemption. She was often the dancing partner of Fred Astaire. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rodeo Park in Winter

This is winter but we don't have any snow. I pulled up some of my reference photos from the winter before last to paint this. I am in the mood for snow.
6 x 6 Oil on Raymar panel

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Trying a palette knife painting. I keep going back to my realism with the eyes.
8 x 8 Oil on Raymar panel

Monday, December 10, 2012

Shimek Forest

Studio painting based on the plein air painting of Shimek Forest.
8 x 6 oil on Raymar panel.


A commission I am working on. Sometimes when I post the images I can better see what I missed. It is like standing back and looking at it from a distance.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

1900 girl

I have a commission that requires a woman in 1900 fashion. I started the painting and decided I did not have the correct style. I fought for this job and now I think I may be in over my head. Be careful what you wish for.
6 x 8 Oil on panel.