Thursday, June 30, 2016

Blossom Glow

6 in. x 6 in. oil on panel
In preparation for being the "Spotlight" artist on Daily Paintworks, this is the first of some small paintings  I am  saving to post during my week on the featured artist page. It's a slow time of year, so no apologies for reaching back into my photo cache for some realism and "pop." 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Merriam's Chipmunk

6 in. x 6 in. oil on canvas

My old research habits kick in when I start thinking about titling and describing a painting. This time they led me to find the species of chipmunks  in the Tahoe area and then some information about the doctor whose name they bear--a pretty prolific scientist.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


6 in. x 6 in. oil on canvas

"Cria" is the name for a baby camelid, such as a llama. Ages ago, while on a break from college and before art school, I spent several months tightly rendering charcoal "portraits" of horses and dogs. Horse shows were a great market, and I was super busy for the two months before Christmas of whatever-year-that-was. After that I  never wanted to draw or paint animal portraits again. An occasional creature is OK, as long as it doesn't have to look exactly like somebody's pet.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

West Shore Tahoe, Afternoon

8 in. x 8 in. oil on canvas
I was at Lake Tahoe with some other painters the week before last. I am not much of a plein air person to begin with and was fighting a cold to boot; so painting out on the pier was a stretch. The one above is a studio re-do of my original effort posted below. Actually I think each has some qualities the other lacks. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Happy Place

8 in. x 8 in. oil on MDF panel
My greens got all muted, but it's OK. I've learned to love the mud. Something about chromium oxide green mixed with almost anything...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Good Morning, Redux

6 in. x 6 in. oil on canvas/MDF panel
I am trying to rely less on the colors in my subject or reference photos (a little) and more on my own internal color sense. With that in mind, I reworked this painting shortly before last month's open studio, making it essentially a new one.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Corner Table

16 in. x 12 in. o/c
I thought I would revisit a truly awful painting, throw caution to the wind (insofar as I am able), mostly ignore the reference, and paint more out of my head--a confusing place. To me it seems at least no worse, possibly an improvement. The original effort below.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Garden Glow

6 in x 6 in. oil on panel

This represents my return to work--and to DPW. I need to continue doing larger works, but I am still addicted to the auction format.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Poppies & Ponies

18 x 24 in. oil on canvas

My next-to-last effort before the Art Studio Trek open studio this weekend. This is a composite of shots taken in Rocklin.

Saturday, April 9, 2016


24x18" o/c
I went back into this and made some minor changes, so will re-post again shortly.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Joy & Sorrow

20x20" o/c
Decided to re-work this unsuccessful painting I did about a year ago. I was struggling to get back to more regular painting after a period of being mostly unable to work. I have done 36 (mostly small) paintings since then--more than I thought, but fewer than I "should" have. Hub's comment: "The drips look weird." I happen to like them.

Monday, March 14, 2016


8 in x 8 in. oil on panel

Time for shooting reference has been limited lately.  Thank you, Morguefile.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sand Harbor Sunset

11 in. x 14 in. o/c
This is the first of several Tahoe paintings I've planned to do since our trip last October. Thought I'd start small before diving into a much larger one. However, my next project is something else entirely. More on that in a few days. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wild, again

8x8" oil on cradled hardwood panel - SOLD
This is my second entry for the Oregon Society of Artists 8x8 show.  With the panels provided and only one shot each at doing something decent, I am uptight. Hence another version of an earlier painting I thought was OK, though one that is not as loose.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sunny Eucalyptus

20x18"oil on canvas

If I have any theme at all, I guess it's trees. I love their structure and, of course, the play of light on and below them. This beauty is in Land Park, not far from the Sacramento Zoo. An poorer image I posted a couple of days ago was taken with my camera. Since then, I gave it a warm glaze and scanned it instead. Lesson learned.