Monday, December 28, 2015

Volunteer Parade of Lights

The parade of lights volunteer had to wait till the event was over to have time to pose. He grew up down the road from me so the conversation kept going catching up on what everyone is up to. 
11" x 14" oil on mdf 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Volunteer no. 44

I start with the face and often leave the rest for when I work at home. I was working on the shirt when I noticed that the orange looked out of place. I had to add a little bit of the shirt color into the face. That is what happens when I add a color that was not originally on my palette.
11" x 14" oil on panel 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Volunteer no 46

Another volunteer. I have 5 more to go. At one point we were not sure that we would make 52 but right now we are on track.
11" x 14" oil on panel

Friday, December 18, 2015

Lions Club Volunteer

I gave a demo for the Lion's Club's monthly meeting. The volunteer started out looking straight ahead but with all that was going on changed positions, looking to the side. I just worked with what I had and wiped the image off when I got home. This image is from the photo that I took. I sometimes wonder if that is how Picasso's Dora Maar Au Chat started out and he just said the heck with it I will work with what I have.
11" x 14" oil on panel.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


I am trying to play catch up on the volunteers. The original plan was to paint one a week, but I got behind. Now I am painting 3 this week. I also painted his wife and that makes 3 couples in the project. Volunteerism seems to be a good activity to do together. 
11" x 14" oil on panel 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas pins 2015

I try to make these every year to give as gifts. I only managed to get 5 successful paintings. They are watercolor and ink on mat board, then sprayed with a fixative. The beads are strung on a needle then dipped into acrylic gloss medium. Then carefully pulled the needle out(that explains the crooked bead lines). Finally a layer of gloss medium over the image and bead, Sign on the back and attach clasp.

Friday, December 4, 2015

After the Rain

This was in a previous post as a study. I had stopped on my way to another plein air painting location. This stream is close to a bridge which I could set up under to paint this plein air. I just need to buy rain boots. They now come in lots of fun colors and styles, not like when I was growing up on the farm and all you had were army green rubber boots.
16" x 8" oil on canvas

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


I painted this from a photo-shopped reference. The rabbits came from different scenes that throws off the lighting. 
10" x 8" oil on canvas