Wednesday, October 29, 2014

River Rocks at Oakland Mills

Plein air painting at Oakland Mills. The first pastel painting was wiped off and this was painted over it.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mississippi Islands

Plein Air painting on the shores of the Mississippi in Burlington, Iowa

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hay Field Under the Midwestern Sky

This started with a Sharpie Marker, which you can still see in places. Then I painted in acrylics. This was an ideal for a beginner painting class.
11" x 14" acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rodeo Park Fall 2014

Yesterday we went to Rodeo park because it was close. The leaves are in their full splendor right now.
11" x 14" oil on stretched canvas 

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Final portrait. This was from photo references. I did not take the photos from the same angle as he posed so this was a little guess work. 

The SouthEast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour was this weekend. I participated at the local art center with portrait demos. This was one of the models I managed to paint in an hour and a half. I need to work on it some more but feel that I have captured his likeness well.
11" x 14" oil on stretched canvas.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Appleberry Orchard

Jessica and I went painting at Appleberry Orchard. We had a great time painting and we also picked up some pumpkins for future still lifes.
6" x 8" oil on canvas

Monday, October 6, 2014


This was painted starting with a ground of burnt sienna and a little bit of ultramarine. I then wiped off my highlights and painted alla prima. Limited palette of ultramarine, burnt sienna, cerulean, cad. red, cad. yellow and white.
12" x 12" oil on stretched canvas.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

25 paintings in 30 days

OK so I did not make 30 paintings in 30 days. Congratulations to the artists who did make it, lots of hard work and determination. I started out trying to do all of the paintings plein air and did make 14 paintings on site. Even this grouping was late.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Arabian Run

This is an acrylic painting. On this background I used iridescent acrylics, which are hard to show when photographing artwork. To get the transitions I used acrylic medium for air brush. 
12" x 12" acrylic on cradled Ampersand panel.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Rodeo Park plein air

It is challenging to paint cloudy, rainy days. It has been a couple of days since I went plein air painting and come rain or shine I was going. 
9" x 12" oil on canvas